The Sighting TEAM has had a number of surprises over the past 6 months, since the Fall 2002 imaging season began.
We would suggest that the experience of the Sighting TEAM will have a parallel during the unaided eye viewing by the public over the last few weeks. Back in
September 21, 2002 when the first images were taken, the White and Red personas were a dot only, and that intermittent on the frames, coming through
however on the Summary demonstrating that they registered on all the frames. That equates to what is being seen now, during the last week of March, at the
beginning of the unaided eye sightings. What the unaided eye is seeing is the complex, as a whole, not the corpus or moon swirls. The corpus, the moons, the
dust cloud, all are reflecting sunlight in addition to reflecting light from the corpus itself, and this combined light is what is reaching the eye.
Soon, those gazing at the evening sky will find that they discern a tail haze, moving as during the December, 2002 time frame away from the corpus in its motion in the sky. The next phenomena that will be observed will be distinct moon swirls in the tail haze, such that separate streams appear to be trailing the corpus. It will be at this time that the complex will become visible in the late afternoon, even when Orion's Belt is not yet visible. As the complex draws closer, paralleling the experience of the Sighting TEAM, the moon swirls will become less dense, spreading out, but individual moons may be visible in binoculars. The complex will take over more of the sky, a reddish haze widely around the corpus, but where the intensity of the complex may be decreasing, the scope of the complex in the sky will be much larger, proving an Approaching complex.
During the last weeks, motion in the sky over a period of time, to the careful observer, can be noticed. Motion in the tail, the moon swirls, can also be noticed. During the week of rotation stoppage, this motion, due to the closeness of the complex, will appear to writhe. The fire dragon of ancient prophecy!