SETI bioastro: Another explanation for those Martian flashes...

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From: Larry Klaes (
Date: Mon Jun 11 2001 - 07:44:11 PDT

David Palmer, Los Alamos, NM, provides the following as a
possible ominous explanation . . .

During the opposition of 1894 a great light was seen on the
illuminated part of the disk, first at the Lick Observatory, then by
Perrotin of Nice, and then by other observers. English readers heard
of it first in the issue of Nature dated August 2. I am inclined to
think that this blaze may have been the casting of the huge gun, in
the vast pit sunk into their planet, from which their shots were
fired at us. Peculiar markings, as yet unexplained, were seen near
the site of that outbreak during the next two oppositions.

The storm burst upon us six years ago now. As Mars approached
opposition, Lavelle of Java set the wires of the astronomical
exchange palpitating with the amazing intelligence of a huge
outbreak of incandescent gas upon the planet. It had occurred
towards midnight of the twelfth; and the spectroscope, to which he
had at once resorted, indicated a mass of flaming gas, chiefly
hydrogen, moving with an enormous velocity towards this earth. This
jet of fire had become invisible about a quarter past twelve. He
compared it to a colossal puff of flame suddenly and violently
squirted out of the planet, "as flaming gases rushed out of a gun."

H.G. Wells, _War_of_the_Worlds_, 1897

David Palmer   (505)665-6863 (voice)

David Dunham, IOTA, 2001 June 8

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