Massimo Teodorani

Abstract of Presentation

Saturday 12:00, September 7. 2024

Using Astrophysical Methods to Study the Hessdalen Phenomenon

The very most part of UAP phenomena come from witness cases, where the observed manifestation is inevitably mixed up with psychological and consciousness related aspects, and possibly altered by strong emotional factors. Yet, without witnesses able to give often detailed descriptions both of the reported phenomena and of the locations where they occurred, scientists could not take a step in their attempt of investigation. Hessdalen, Norway, is one of those locations where witnesses report a multi-faceted phenomenon with impressive geographical reoccurrence. This fortunate circumstance was able to turn Hessdalen into a laboratory area for scientific investigation. This started officially in 1984 thanks to the pioneering initiative of Erling Strand and his collaborators. In the last 30 years, several other scientists, including myself, carried out missions in the area in order to try to acquire physical data using several kinds of measurement instruments. This allowed us to describe the phenomenon in detail and to quantify some crucial parameters, such as emitted luminosity. Now we are in a condition to go more in depth thanks to the availability of much more advanced sensors. My goal has always been to employ a methodology that is very similar to the one that we employ in astrophysics, consisting in the use of multi-wavelength sensors and in an analytic approach with which we aim at understanding the physical mechanism of the phenomenon from the way in which its measured physical parameters vary in time. This involves the simultaneous use of several instruments such as, mainly, high-resolution cameras, optical spectrographs, infrared sensors, radio spectrum analyzers and magnetometers. Using the same procedure, in astronomy we have been able to understand the physics that animates objects such as solar eruptions, and stellar and galactic variability. I am strongly confident that if we are able to obtain, in time, high-quality data of the Hessdalen phenomenon using well-calibrated instruments, we will be able to understand much more on their physics, whatever happens in Hessdalen. We will be able to elaborate one or more theories on the phenomenon only when or if we will have a sufficient number of data that are acquired continuously using automated instrumentation. So far, we have only some fragmentary data to submit to our calculations. With a new phase of the investigations, we aim at filling all the gaps, in order to have a better picture of the big puzzle that Hessdalen is. Meanwhile, in parallel with the analysis of the available data, we can build up speculative models, some of which might guide us to new ways of observing the phenomenon. Only experimental observation can allow us to confirm or confute our speculations, and data have the last word in science. This phenomenon, as well as in Big Science, we have to match rigor with imagination if we really want to produce scientific advancement. With this presentation, I will try to discuss all of these points.


Massimo Teodorani (PhD., Bologna University) is an astrophysicist from North Italy. His Ph.D. in Astronomy from Bologna University is with a specialization in stellar physics. He has been carrying out research on eruptive phenomena in astrophysics, such as supernovas, novas, high-mass close binary stars with neutron star component, black hole candidate binary star systems, strongly eruptive protostars (FU Orionis type), and cataclysmic and pre-cataclysmic stars. He is an expert in photometric and spectroscopic observational techniques. He has been working as a researcher at the INAF Naples Astronomical Observatory and at the INAF Radioastronomic Observatory in Medicina (Bologna). Being experienced both in optical and radio astronomy, in a subsequent phase Dr. Teodorani carried out research on extrasolar planets (search for 22 GHz water MASER line in 57 stellar candidates) and the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI).

Dr. Teodorani takes an observational/experimental and interpretative/theoretical approach to his research. He is also an expert in the physics of anomalous plasma phenomena of geophysical interest such as the Hessdalen phenomenon in Norway and similar recurrent phenomena in the world, on which he carried out and published a lot of observational and theoretical research using astronomy-like strategies and observational techniques. The philosophy of his research involves simultaneous multi-wavelength and multi-instrument measurements. He is presently working on new instrumental strategies in this specific field. He has been a research affiliate of The Galileo Project (Harvard University).

Recently Dr. Teodorani taught physics at the Bologna University, and he is a well-known science divulger in Italy about subjects such as astrophysics, quantum physics and anomalistics. He is author of 18 science-oriented books, including the two following important textbooks: 1) L’Atomo e le Particelle Elementari – Manuale per Studenti e Ricercatori (Macro Edizioni, Cesena, Italy, 2007), 2) Raccontare l’Universo – Introduzione Divulgativa all’Astrofisica (Tangram Edizioni Scientifiche, Trento, Italy, 2020). 

Dr. Teodorani also is very knowledgeable about military-like technology, whose knowhow – especially optoelectronic systems – he wants to implement into the physical study of anomalous aerial phenomena.

In his free time, Dr. Teodorani enjoys composing electronic music with synthesizers and sequencers.

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