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Nostradamus — King of Terror
Marshall Masters, 24-September-01
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Solar Eclipse as Seen From Turkey

Update #1 - August 22, 1999

By Marshall Masters

This article was published on The Millennium Group (TMG) as the 1st update to observations made by Marshall Masters inThe Millennium Group (TMG) article, Solar Eclipse as Seen From Turkey, on August 11, 1999.

I've received several e-mails from site visitors expressing a wide range of opinions. Some claim to have seen things I've never seen in any of the video clips, and others have chided me for being out-of-sync with Bible prophecy.

As to the prophecy angle there is this nice fellow, a Jehovah's Witness, who stops by my house on a regular basis. I mentioned all this to him, and his face lit up like Las Vegas marquee. He has promised to come back with a stack of Bible prophecy videotapes and books. Hmmm· I guess I'll have to keep you posted on that one as well.

However, one fellow by the name of John Caruso wrote a really great letter. What I'm going to do in this update is answer the issues presented in John's e-mail. Then, I'll note what John missed in his analysis along with what I missed in my first analysis.

Submitted by John Caruso
Fri, 20 Aug 1999 03:40:14 -0700

  • John Caruso: I would encourage Marshall Masters and Michael Bara / Richard Hoagland to view and *listen to* the 300k Windows Media clip found here:

  • Marshall Masters: Thanks John. Several people have written about this clip. Your letter was the most helpful, and I have reviewed the clip at great length. I will respond to each of your questions, and then note other things that I found in this clip as well.
  • John Caruso: Sometime before the totality, a commentator notes that a filter should be removed shortly, presumably to allow the corona to be clearly seen.
  • Marshall Masters: This video was part of simultaneous webcast from a viewing location in Amasya, Turkey and an Exploratorium auditorium located in San Francisco, CA. The commentator you mentioned was in San Francisco. When the filter is eventually removed, there is slight up-and-down jiggle in the picture.

    Please refer to: 01:26:31 "It is about time for Paul to remove those filters from the camera and refocus."

    At 01:26:39 Paul responds with: "We're waiting. We're waiting. On the words of Larry, I'll do it." This is the first and only time the cameraman speaks. He has a slight Eastern USA accent

  • John Caruso: At approximately 1:27:35 in the clip, the totality begins. The camera appears to cut away, allowing the filter to be removed. Then, the mysterious objects are tracked for a moment, and the cameraman says "I've got Venus." Then, the camera returns to the sun's corona.
  • Marshall Masters: 01:27:41 "I have Venus." The voice has an accent that is different from the man who acknowledged that he would change the filters on 'Larry's' command. He sounds younger, with a tone that seems to be more from the Midwest. What this means is that we do not really know what the cameraman said during the eclipse, if anything.
  • John Caruso: The mysterious objects are evidently the planet Venus, and a nearby star. The third object (Object C) definitely appears to be some type of light artifact - although I'm no video expert.
  • Marshall Masters: If you are right about Objects A and B, then we're two down and one to go. Oddly enough, Object C is the one that really has us wondering.
  • John Caruso: It's only there for a fraction of a second. (It is in this clip, btw - I was able to pause the player right on it once.)
  • Marshall Masters: You must have lightning-speed reflexes. I could never get the Real Audio file to stop on that particular frame. Nice to know Object C appears in both the MOV and RA formats. This is an important find. Nice going John.
  • John Caruso: Of course, this is still speculation. Perhaps someone could track down the cameraman, by contacting the Exploratorium, to verify these conclusions?
  • Marshall Masters: We'd really appreciate it if you could personally run this down and let us know the results. We'll be sure to publish your findings.
  • John Caruso: I look forward to seeing an update on your websites.

    John Caruso


  • At 01:15:39 Commentator says "There is a NASA ship." He identifies the ship as being manned by NASA personnel with telescopes. He expresses the option that people should be able to get a feed from the NASA ship, and then he drops the topic with an uncertain voice.
  • NASA: It is important to note that the on-location Exploratorium commentator sounds puzzled as he points out that NASA does not operate sailing vessels, and then assumes that the NASA ship is a rental.
  • At 1:20:20 the Exploratorium sound feed from Turkey suddenly drops out, and you can hear a commentator at the Exploratorium webcast auditorium in San Francisco say "It just got quiet from Amasya."
  • At 01:21:21 the SFO commentator says, "We're gonna try to get Turkey back."
  • At 01:21:39 the SFO commentator says, "We've lost Amasya for the moment."
  • At 01:22:53 the SFO commentator says, "Can we get Amasya back?"
  • At 01:23:02 (00:02:40 later) The on-location commentator can be heard saying, "Linda do you hear us?"
  • At 01:23:37 The audio feed from Turkey briefly cuts out again.
  • From 01:24:35 to 01:24:37 the scene cuts to a crowd shot in Turkey. Obviously, the on-location team is using two cameras.
  • At 01:24:38 another cut back to the original shot of the eclipse.

*****  HERE IS WHAT I MISSED *****

We had one man with some very impressive video credentials express the opinion that the QuickTime video had been edited. What he said made sense, but the evidence was a bit thin. Then, I got your e-mail John, and started to review the QuickTime video clip again. This time, I had the QuickTime player and the Real Networks player side-by-side on my desktop and started viewing the same scenes on both files. This time I noticed some odd things I hadn't noticed before.

  • Different Cameras? Compare the corona shape of the Real Audio file at 01:27:11 with the NASA clip QuickTime at 00:00:18. There are subtle but noticeable differences between the images at several points.
  • Different Timings? Just after the full eclipse, the Real Networks clips starts a zoom move at 01:27:44, and stops at 01:27:50, for a total of 6 seconds. It then resumes and stops again at 01:27:58, for an overall running length of fourteen seconds.
    Just after the full eclipse, the QuickTime clips starts a zoom move at 00:00:18, and stops at 00:00:21, for a total of 3 seconds. It then resumes and stops again at 00:00:24, for an overall running length of 6 seconds.
  • Different Formats? Perhaps there are timing differences between the QuickTime and Real Networks, and this is the reason for an 8 second difference between two files of the same sequence. However, if you note the crescent shape of the eclipse on frame 00:00:00 of the QuickTime clip, you'll find that a subtle difference in the arc of the image with that of the Real Networks clip. Again, this could be a difference between the formats, or it could be a slightly different perspective from another camera nearby.

As the old saying goes, "the devil is in the details."

Best regards,
Marshall Masters