Form: Research
Date: Wed, 04 Mar 2009 08:48:59 -0500
From: Francis Ridge <nicap@insightbb.com>
Subject: Crescent moon during Mayher incident
To: A-Team



One of the questions that arose from the document search on the Mayher incident was a mention in one doc that the object had passed in front of the Moon. A later document illustrated this but the Moon phase was not correct, in technical terms.

The BB doc that mentions what was inferred in the sketch in question, was located.
http://www.bluebookarchive.org/page.aspx?PageCode=MAXW-PBB13-839
and the line reads: "This object passed between the observer and the crescent moon and was considerably brighter than the moon in the background."
Later on in the document group
http://www.bluebookarchive.org/page.aspx?PageCode=MAXW-PBB13-846
the drawing shows a crescent moon.

With a simple computer search I found that the Moon was visible at 9:30 PM at Miami, just as reported. It was half full. To some that might be considered a crescent moon. Of course, amateur astronomers like myself, would not. Is this a problem with Mayher's credibility? i really don't believe that it is.