In March 1960, Time magazine published a story about its sacred cloth, detailing the discovery of what eventually became known as the Black Knight satellite.
According to the story, three weeks before its publication, analysts working for the US radar program “Dark Fence” detected an object orbiting over the continental US. It was labeled a “dark satellite”, meaning it appeared to be a artificial and orbital object, therefore in an orbit close to the Earth, but it did not transmit any detectable signals.
Philip K Dick was a famous American science fiction writer. His fantastic, paranoid and somewhat prophetic works have been the basis for popular films such as “Blade Runner”, “Minority Report” and “The Truman Show”.
In 1980 Philip K. Dick published what many believe to be his masterpiece, VALIS.
VALIS is an almost autobiographical novel, in which he detailed many of the weird and paranormal experiences he has had throughout his life (up to that point, of course). In that book, he described an event that occurred on February 20, 1974 in his home in Chicago, Illinois.
He received a delivery from the hand of a beautiful young woman who wore a gold necklace with a strange fish-shaped pendant. Dick reported that the sun was shining on the pendant, causing what he called a “pink ray” that penetrated his eyes and imparted unspeakable wisdom in the blink of an eye.
Dick claimed that this \’pink ray\’, which he claimed to have experienced multiple times, was a transformational event in his life, and although most saw it as a hallucination, he used the experience, known as 2 -3-74, the VALIS trilogy.
There are many people who believe that the origin of that “pink ray” was, in fact, the Black Knight satellite, which associates the “pink ray” with the reddish-pink color of the satellite. It is known that some scholars see VALIS, as a result of the comments made by Dick in his exegesis, as a kind of cryptographic key, necessary to decode the true meaning behind Dick\’s ten most important works, which are known as the “meta -novel”.
These works are: Eye in the Sky, Time Out of Joint, The Man in the High Castle, The Game Players of Titan, Martian Time Slip, The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch, UBIK and A Maze of D̳e̳a̳t̳h̳. The fact that Eye in the Sky was written just three years before Black Knight\’s discovery suggests to some that Dick was the recipient of communications from another world, possibly from a c̳i̳v̳i̳l̳i̳z̳a̳t̳i̳o̳n̳ from the Epsilon Boötis star system.
You might think it should now be a fairly simple effort to confirm the existence of something like this Earth in orbit, if it\’s still there, but consider this:
At this time, there are approximately 100,000 man-made objects orbiting the Earth. Some are military, scientific or telecommunication satellites, but most are mere space junk, like parts of old spacecraft or dead satellites, etc. Much of that space junk is “dark,” in the same way Black Knight was thought to be, making it very difficult to distinguish between one bit and another.
Black Knight could get lost in a cloud of garbage, which seems normal on our planet. NASA and other space agencies have given a lot of thought to the space junk problem and are developing some sort of network to collect space debris, but what if they defeat the Black Knight?