familiar with the subject of UFOs has seen the hazy, out-of-focus, or
grainy pictures of what might be strange craft in the sky, so when a
clear picture of an alleged UFO appears it is immediately regarded with
suspicion. These two pictures are intriguing for what they appear to
show - a twilight disk with no obvious signs of a hoax.
This alleged sighting took place in the vicinity of Weyauwega,
Wisconsin early February of this year, as reported in the Feb. 26 issue
of UFO Roundup
and on UFOWisconsin.com
The witness states that she was outside during the evening and happened
to notice lights that passed overhead. She says that her impression was
the lights were from a balloon, which should be noted, but the
photographs that she took seem to depict something other than a hot-air
balloon or dirigible.
The witness did not provide any further details and has chosen
not to say any more about the sightings and photos. This should be
taken into consideration when deciding on the validity of the sighting
but could indicate a couple of things. The witness could simply be
protecting her privacy, not unreasonable in an event as strange as
this, or she does not wish to be identified as a hoaxer.
In either possibility, the photographs remain interesting and worthy of further scrutiny.
This picture clearly shows a circular-shaped object with three
bright white lights and a small red light in a position high in the sky
relative to the photographer. The camera appears to be well focused on
the object in comparison to the trees in the foreground with enough
light remaining in the sky for good depth-of-field.
A contrast-enhanced enlargement of the picture shows us image
compression artifacts consistent with the JPEG compression used in
digital cameras. (Indicated by the boxy appearence of the sky and
granularity around the edges of the branches.)
The object appears to be behind the branches of the tree in the
foreground, with the notable exception of the light on the lower-left
portion of the disk. However, because of the brightness of the lights
(which is more evident in the second photograph) it would be consistent
that the thin branch would be washed out. Also notice there is a small
branch evident in front of the much dimmer red light.
We can see no obvious digital manipulation of the image, such
as smearing from a digital 'paintbrush' or inconsistencies where the
object might have been carefully masked to appear as though it were
behind the branches.
The object also appears washed out in the image, which is
consistent with how an object might appear at a great height during a
cloudy evening. This would say that it wasn't an object simply hoisted
behind a tree or some kind of lighted frisbee.
This picture shows a disk-shaped object with four lights with
an aqua cast in a position lower in the sky relative to the
photographer than the first. Although less distinct than the first
photograph, a circular or disk shaped outline can be seen through the
Similarly to the first picture, the object seems to be behind
the tree. This picture is less compelling than the first, but it, like
the last, shows no obvious sign of digital tampering.
While there is nothing apparent in these images to give reason
to doubt there integrity, there is still no way to be absolutely
certain they were not faked. They were apparently taken with a
relatively low-end digital camera, but there are plenty of ways that
they could have been made to appear that way. If the pictures had been
taken with a 35MM camera and the negatives were available for
evaluation, we could be much more certain about their legitimacy.
With those reservations aside, I am intrigued by what they do
show. If real, these pictures are some of the clearest I have seen of a
low-flying daylight disk. Now, it's possible that Goodyear or the nice
folks in the Air Force decided to send a top-secret prototype blimp to
buzz Weyauwega, but I doubt it.