Month – June 2008

UForth Guide to UFO Shapes and Configurations

I’ve added a new site to the resource links on the sidebar, UForth, A World Guide to UFO Shapes and Configurations. I stumbled across this site while looking for information on Orb or Sphere type UFOs which are of particular interest to me because I’ve photographed them on three occasions and because credible reports of UFO abduction cases seem to have stopped about the same time these started showing up in large numbers, in the late summer of 2006.

This site categorizes various UFO shapes and provides some information about what is known about various types. It has some fairly good photographs and is a good resource to go look at if you spot something and want to find out of if someone might have photographed something like what you just saw.

Further Analysis – Unidentified Fixed Object

UFO Overlay

In an attempt to improve the signal to noise ratio on the image and hopefully see more detail, I overlaid the three good images so that the signals would add and some of the noise would average out.

This allowed me to brighten the dark area a bit and then I did some digital signal noise reduction on it to try to further see details in the noise.

A couple of things became apparent; the UFO hadn’t moved AT ALL between the three images, they lined up exactly, when the background lined up, so did the UFO.

Second, with the background slightly less noisy I could see some dark details. As I brought the brightness up slightly, it looks to me like that object just might be the roof of an A-frame house or building. It is barely discernible, so much so that I can’t be sure, but I think I’m seeing a building there.

So this might be just a metallic roof on a building that happened to be at just the right angle to reflect sunlight back at me and not so interesting after all.

UFO Over Puget Sound 8/20/2008 7:53PM

This is the first UFO photographs I’ve captured this year and not for lack of trying but whereas last year, orbs seemed to be everywhere, they seem to be making themselves scarce this year. This object, not an orb, no idea what it is.

I stopped at Richmond Beach and saw something glinting in the sun across Puget Sound from where I was. It was almost directly in line with the Sun and so the reflection of sunlight off the water was very bright making everything else appear dark. This object was also highly reflective and had a gold color to it.

Map where UFO was seen from Richmond Beach on 8/20/2008

The object slowly drifted from the left to the right (south to north) and appeared to kind of shift in shape as it moved, but as you can see from the water, there was enough warmth to cause turbulence in the atmosphere distorting the object so the change in shape could have been just due to atmospheric distortion.

I got four images of this object but the last one wasn’t very good quality because the lens on my camera has bad chromatic aberration near the periphery of the frame and the last image has the object near the periphery.

Below are 600×480 crops from the original images, (full resolution) to see the full image click on the cropped image. Also please note the date in images are off by one hour as I set the camera during the winter and it does not automatically adjust to Daylight Savings Time.

UFO Puget Sound 8/28/2008 Crop 1
UFO Puget Sound 8/28/2008 Crop 1
UFO Puget Sound 8/28/2008 Crop 1
UFO Puget Sound 8/28/2008 Crop 1

For comparison here is a photograph of a sailboat taken from the same location across the Puget Sound, this more to the north where the sun isn’t lighting up the water as much as is actually slightly closer but it gives you an idea of the relative scale and the clarity of a familiar object.

Boat

The boat is at perhaps three quarters the distance as the other object. This was taken from the same location just minutes later in order to provide some frame of reference. The water is darker and what appears to be the sky behind brighter because the boat was to the north of the UFO and not in line with the sun. Also note what appears to be the sky above the tree line is actually the Olympic mountains largely obscured by really bad haze today.

Make of it what you will because I don’t know what to make of it other than it’s not an airplane or helicopter. I’d really like to know if others saw this; if you were on the west side of the sound you might have been able to get a much closer look at it.