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Subject: Fwd = Project Hessdalen Newsletter, April 2002
From: Frits Westra <fwestra@...>
Date: 22 Apr 2002 11:32

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Project Hessdalen 

Strange unknown light phenomena started to show up in Hessdalen
December 1981.

There could be up to 20 observations a week. This period lasted
until late 1984. Today there are in the order of 20 observations
a year. Project Hessdalen ran a field investigation in 1984 and
1985, and are now running Hessdalen Automatic Measurement
Station (AMS). Many pictures and instrumentation readings have
been obtained. 


Project Hessdalen received its name from the small valley, that 
is Hessdalen, 40 km north of the town Røros in Norway. The 
valley is about 15 km long, facing north-south. There are 
mountains to the east, Rognefjell in the northern part, 
Stordalshøgda and in the south lies Ratvollfjellet. These 
mountains range from 917 m to 995 m above sea level. In the 
west you'll find the mountains, from the north Finnsåhøgda, 
Fjellbekkhøgda, Båtjørnhøgda and in the south you find the 
mountain Røhovda. These mountains range from 1063 to 1088 m
above sea level. There are two lakes south in the valley, 
Hersjøen in the eastern part and Øyungen to the west. Most of 
the 140 inhabitants live close to the road, about 700 m above
sea level. 

The phenomena 

In December 1981 the inhabitants started to see strange 
phenomena in the valley, mostly reported as a light. These
lights showed up very often, up to 20 observations a week were 
reported. This high frequency lasted to the summer of 1984. 
Then the frequency decreased to the order of 20 a year, which 
remains the frequency today. Most observations were seen in the
valley, but the nearby districts also had many observations. 

These lights could be anywhere. Sometimes they were reported to
be just above the roof of the houses, or just above the ground.
Sometimes they could be high up in the air. However, generally 
the lights were reported to be below the tops of the mountains
nearby. No one could give any explanations of these lights. The
colour and the behaviour were different, but the lights could be
split in to three main groups: 

-1. Small, strong, white or blue flashes, which could show up
anywhere in the sky. 

-2. Yellow lights, or white, with different shapes. Sometimes as
a ball, sometimes oval, sometimes "cigar" or other forms. These
lights have very often been seen in the valley, just above the
roof of the houses, or even close to the ground. They could be
stationary for more than an hour, move slowly around in the
valley, and sometimes show large accelerations and speeds. They
could sometimes be seen higher up in the sky. The direction of 
movement was mostly in a north-south course. 

-3. Several lights together, with a fixed distance from each
other. It looked like the lights emanated from a black object.
Mostly it was two yellow or white lights with a red in front.
Many people talked about "The object", when they saw this type
of light. These lights could move slowly around the top of the
mountains. The direction of the "travelling" was mostly in a
north-south course. 

The "lights" were mostly seen in the autumn, winter and spring.
This may be because Hessdalen is so far north that the dark
nights are very long in the wintertime. In the summertime there
is daylight nearly the whole night. 

Project Hessdalen 

Project Hessdalen was born on the 3 rd of June 1983. One of the
main goals was to find out more about the phenomena in
Hessdalen, and to get the mainstream scientist more involved. A
field investigation was run from the 21 st of January to the 26
th of February 1984. In total 40 people participated. The
results are presented in a technical report, which can be found
on the Internet at www. hessdalen. org. The summary of these 5
weeks of fieldwork is as follows: 

1) In total 53 phenomena were observed. 

2) A radar measured the distance and speed of the phenomena.
The highest speed recorded was on a light travelling towards
the north with a speed of 30.000 km/h. The radar managed to
capture the phenomena, when our eyes saw nothing, while it was 

3) The seismograph did not measure any local seismic activity.
All recordings taken were from earthquakes occurring in other
parts of the world. 

4) The magnetograph measures the changes in the magnetic field.
There were changes in the magnetic field when the phenomena
appeared. There was a pulsation present at 40% of the 

5) The Geiger counter, which measures the nuclear radiation, did
not show any change in the counting rate when the phenomena 
showed up. But this counter lied far away from the phenomena.
We know that radiation decreases significantly with distance,
so if there had been any change, then the phenomena would have
been very dangerous. Even if we did not measure anything,
there could have been radiation anyway, but not strong enough
for our Geiger counter to pick up. 

An unknown light phenomenon in Hessdalen. 
Photo by Arne P. Thomassen, 25. September 1982 

6) The IR-viewer, which looks into the infrared part of the
spectrum, was not used, as there was not enough people at the
headquarter. The people were busy with the other instruments and
the cameras. 

7) The spectrumanalyzer we used measure all the frequencies
between 100 KHz and 1200 MHz, and can see if any radio or
TV-channels will be disturbed. There was noise sometimes. The 
noise had harmonics with 80 MHz between each, which covered the
whole the band. The level of the amplitude moved up and down
every 2 seconds (a frequency of about 0,5 Hz). 

8) A camera, with a grating in front, will show the distribution
of the wavelength of the lights. We managed to get three
pictures, which is good enough for an analysis. They show a 
continuous spectre. A glowing gas will show a spectre with lines
in it. That was not the case on our pictures. 

A moving light phenomena with its optical spectra.
Obtained during PH fieldwork 1984 

9) Maybe the strangest happening was the test with a laser.
Before the fieldwork, people told us that the "light"
disappeared when a strong spotlight was directed on to the
"light". We wanted to test that. Instead of a spotlight, we
used a He-Ne laser. A regular flashing light was travelling
towards the north. When we directed the laser beam on to it, it
became a double flashing light. Once we moved the beam away, the
light went back to a regular flashing light again. We directed
the beam on to it again, and it started this double flashing at
once. We did this up and down with the laser beam 4 times while
this light was moving towards the north. Every time it doubled
its frequency of flashing. The second test was carried out one
hour later, when a similar light was travelling towards the
south. The same thing happened. Now we moved the laser beam up
on to the light and down away from the light 5 times. 4 of
those 5 times the frequency doubled. 

One week after our test with the laser, a red light moved around
the feet of the observers, on the ground. It looked just as if
a similar laser as ours was used. It lasted only a couple of
seconds, and not long enough to find out where it came from.
The only place it could have come from was above us in the sky. 

Occasionally some of the observers felt a waving movement, just
as if they were sitting in a boat in the ocean. Those who felt
this described the same direction on the waving, but the
frequency was different for each person who felt it. Such
feeling may come if the brain is in a strong low-frequency 
EM-field. There were no instruments that could measure if such
an EM-field was present when this feeling came. 

The headquarter was located on a hill. The distance to the
nearest place we could get 220V power was 600 m. The 600m power
cable was lying on the ground. Many times the power failed when 
the light phenomena was arriving. Just after it disappeared the
power came back again. This happened many times, but not every

We did discuss the results from the fieldwork with mainstream
scientist at different research establishments in Norway. A
technical report was written, which can be found on the
Internet, at 

A new fieldwork was carried out, with instruments, from the 
12th to the 28th January 1985. The second part of this
fieldwork, between the 29th January and the 11th February,
was carried out with no instruments, and only a few observers
were present. We wanted to test if there were more observations
 when no instruments were present. Many people explained that
they got an observation just before or just after their camera
was not ready for use. As if "it" did not want to be captured
on film. This, and our problems with the power, were the 
reasons for why we had these two periods. Sadly, we did not
observe anything in the first period, and only one good
observation in the last period. Only one good observation during
those 4 weeks is too little to draw any conclusion on our test.
Even if the weather was worse this year, it was obvious that
the period with high intensity was over. 

Project Hessdalen headquarter 1985 

The job of telling people that the phenomena are real and to
bring more of the mainstream scientists into the field started. 

The new Project Hessdalen 

20th August 2000 at 9:55 PM, A flashing light is moving up
the hill 

The light-phenomena in Hessdalen was still present.
Reports were coming in. Not as much as the period from 1981 to 
1984, but it was in the order of 20 observations a year. This 
was considered to be high enough intensity to do something 

During a presentation of Project Hessdalen for the people in 
Hessdalen, on the 9th of October 1993, we started a discussion
"on what to do now". We agreed to arrange a workshop in
Hessdalen for the mainstream scientist. From Thursday the 24 th
to Saturday the 26th March 1994 the "First international
workshop on the unidentified atmospheric light phenomena in
Hessdalen" was run. Twenty seven scientist from 8 different
countries participated. The invitation to that workshop was
mainly sent to ball lightning scientists. The reason for that
was that this field was closest related to the
"light"-phenomena in Hessdalen, and in that field did mainstream
scientists carry out research. 

The workshop concluded that the phenomena are not ball
lightning' and that more data is needed. The new Project
Hessdalen was now located at Østfold College. The students there
started to work with an automatic measurement station. This
work was carried out as their final thesis. It was a big job,
and several student groups worked with it. The station was ready
for installation in the summer of 1998. 

Hessdalen Automatic Measurement Station 

Hessdalen AMS was installed in Hessdalen on the 7th of August
1998. It is located in a "Blue box" northeast in Hessdalen, in
the mountainside of Rognefjell. It is on a block of land owned
by Bjarne and Hallfrid Lillevold. The camera is looking towards
west so that the mountain Finnsåhøgda can be seen. 

Hessdalen AMS, system 1, consists of two computers, one
black-and-white CCD-camera, one video recorder and one
magnetometer. The camera is connected to one computer and to a
video recorder. The computer analyses the picture from the
CCD-camera every second. If a light suddenly arrives in the
picture, an alarm will be generated, and the alarm picture is
saved. The alarm will start the video recorder and send the
alarm picture directly on to the Internet. Everyone with
Internet access can see the alarm picture just after it was

The light must move fast enough, be big enough, and strong
enough to trigger the alarm. That means that not all unknown
light phenomena are captured. It is possible to adjust at these
levels in the computer, but if we set it too low, the amount of
false alarms will be too high. To find out if the alarm picture
is an interesting picture, which might show the unknown light,
the alarm picture must be studied. If it is interesting, the
picture is saved at the folder "interesting picture", and will
be studied further when the video arrives at Østfold College. 

Hessdalen AMS also takes a picture and measures the magnetical
field every hour, which is then sent to the Internet. 

Interesting pictures 

During the period from August 1998 to August 2001, there were
271 interesting pictures. 148 of these have been studied
closely. There are 79 pictures showing an unknown light, out of
these 148 pictures. All of them can be found on the Internet


A small light is moving into the big light. 

This interesting picture from the 4th of December 1999, which
was also captured on the video, shows a light moving towards
the north. Suddenly, you can see a small light, just beneath the
main light, moving into the big light. 

Hessdalen AMS, system 2. 

With only one camera, it is impossible to calculate the
distance to the light. By using two cameras, it is possible to
calculate the distance. System 2 has two colour cameras, which
are located 171m apart. System 2 has also a zoom camera,
mounted on to a pan-tilt unit, and a camera watching the radar 
screen. When both Cam1 and Cam2 detect a light, the direction
is calculated, which is send to the pan-tilt computer, so that
it can move the zoom camera in the correct direction. When the
light moves, the pan-tilt unit will follow its movement, and
all is recorded on to the video. Alarm pictures, with the
calculated distance to the light, are sent to the Internet.
Pictures from the zoom camera are also sent to the Internet at
www. hessdalen. org. System 2 was installed in the summer of 
2001. It will be finished in the summer of 2002. 

Late November 2001, there was an 'egg' installed in the station
(for the Global Consciousness Project at PEAR Lab). 

Italian researchers 

Director, Dr. Stelio Montebugnoli at the CNR Institute for
Radio Astronomy (IRA) in Bologna, Italy, and some of his
staff, together with Dr. Massimo Teodorani, carried out 
one-month field investigations in Hessdalen, both in the summer
of 2000 and 2001. They did measurements in the VLF and ULF 
part of the spectrum, and also at 1.4 GHZ. Among their results,
you find Doppler measurements. In the band from 300 Hz to 10.000
Hz, you could sometimes see a Doppler signal, which varied in
speed. At its fastest the signal was 1/ 3 of the speed of

A doppler signal is measured in the ULF band 

We want to put more cameras up, so that more areas of the valley
can be covered. We also want to put other type of sensors up so
we can get the data, which can give us the answers we seek. 

A similar station should be put up on other locations around the
world, with similar activity. 

April 2002, 
Erling P. Strand 
Østfold University College, 
P.O. Box 1192, 
NO-1705 Sarpsborg, 

E-mail: Erling. P. Strand@... , and epstrand@... 
Phone work: +47-69104032, 
Mobile phone: +47-41425411
Phone home: +47-69169600 
Fax work: +47-69104002
Fax home: +47-69168018 

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