14-010-AN1 (Puerto Rico)

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Remain Anonymous: Yes

Field Investigation Requested: No

Date of Sighting: Saturday December 2013

Time of Sighting: 4:20am

Duration of Event: 2 minutes

Location of UFO: Dorado, Puerto Rico

Shape of Object: Diamond

UFO Report: Only rendering provided.

Evidence Submitted: Sketch

Disposition: Witness did not request investigation.

13-125-AN1 (Canada)

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Date of Sighting: Jul 2013

Time of Sighting: Unk

Duration of Event: Unk

Location of UFO: Calgary Alberta

Shape of Object: Rods

UFO Report: This was taken in July 2013, I was taken a picture of my family an I didn’t notice those things floating around at the time. Oh ya this was in tsuu tina a reservation outside Calgary Alberta.

Evidence Submitted: Photo

Investigative Status: Closed

Object Details: In cryptozoology and outdoor photography, rods (sometimes known as “skyfish” or “solar entities”) are elongated artifacts produced by cameras that inadvertently capture several of a flying insect’s wingbeats. Videos of rod-shaped objects moving quickly through the air were claimed by some to be extraterrestrial life forms or small UFOs, but subsequent experiments showed that these rods appear in film because of an optical illusion/collusion in interlaced video recording.

13-070-AN1 (Fort Collins, CO)

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Synopsis: The witness of this investigation saw and took a photo of a strange black object in the sky. According to the witness, the object appeared like a balloon.

Evidence Submitted: Photo

Initial Action: Case opened as an AN1.

Investigation and Findings: API identified the object as a man-made “solar hot air balloon”. These mini hot air balloons are made from trash bags and heated by the sun. Once airborne, the object will float with the wind until sunset or sunlight is obscured by clouds. These objects, moreover, can travel a long distance and are often reported as “black UFOs.”

Object Details: Man-made object.

13-066-AN1 (Arizona City, AZ)

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Synopsis: On 10 Jan 13, at 0800, witness was driving near Arizona City, AZ when he noticed a strange object in the horizon. The witness then used a camera to take a photo of an object that appeared in the shape of a classic “flying saucer”.

Evidence Submitted: Photo

Initial Action: Case opened as an AN1.

Investigation and Findings:  Investigation complete. There was no indication on anything in this case but a perfect example of a lenticular cloud formation. There were no other objects or odd cloud sightings reported by UFO reporting databases from others in that area during that time frame. The “metallic” appearance mentioned by the WITNESS actually appears to just be the sun glinting off the cloud prominently. With no other evidence to the contrary, Investigator is confident closing this case as “Solved: Identified as classic lenticular cloud formation.”

Object Details: A lenticular cloud.

 

13-056-AN1 (Washington, DC)

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Synopsis: On 23 July 2103, a witness used a cellphone to take photos of a “strange object” hovering over Washington, DC.

Evidence Submitted: Photo

Initial Action: Case opened as an AN1.

Investigation and Findings: After a thorough investigation, the objects were identified as camera lens flares and reflections off windshield.

Object Details: Lens flare and reflection.

13-054-AN1 (Piqua, Ohio)

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Synopsis: On 23 May 2013, witness was in her car in front of a school during a rain shower. After the rain stopped, the witness started taking photos of the sky. Upon review of the photos, witness noticed a “strange object” in one of the photos.

Evidence Submitted: Original photo.

Initial Action: Case opened as an AN1.

Investigation and Findings:  Based on the information obtained,  two interviews with the witness,  and an examination of the submitted photographs (and a test photograph), this sighting is the result of precipitation on a dirty windshield.

Object Details: Natural Phenomena.

13-026-FB1 (Portsmouth, Rhode Island)

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Synopsis: On 26 May 2013, at approximately 1540, the witness of this investigation took a photo of an unknown object while taking photography of a bird.

Evidence Submitted: Original photo.

Initial Action: Case opened as an FB1.

Investigation and Findings:  This investigation is still Closed.

Object Details: Photo analysis revealed a bird, out of focus, in flight.

13-022-AN1 (Baltimore, MD)

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Synopsis: On April 6th, 2013, the witness of this investigation used a camera to take a photo of unknown objects hovering over Baltimore, MD.

Evidence Submitted: Original photo.

Initial Action: Case opened as an AN1.

Investigation and Findings:  This investigation is closed.

Object Details: Investigator, two API colleagues and the NOAA official are in agreement that the object videotaped by the witness is most probably a high altitude ham balloon launch.

13-016-AN1 (Germantown MD)

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Synopsis: On 20 Jan 13, the witness of this investigation was driving and noticed a large object in the sky. The witness stopped the vehicle and took a photo of the object. On March 8th, while reviewing the photo, the witness noticed a “dark line” that seemed to rip through the sky. The witness thought it was something on the vehicle’s windshield – but upon further inspected noted it was not.

Evidence Submitted: Original photo.

Initial Action: Case opened as an AN1.

Investigation and Findings:  This investigation is closed.

Object Details: All indication point to the WITNESS having observed and photographed an upper atmospheric disturbance known as “shear instability” in the midst of forming.  Researcher contacted a local expert and educator, Dr. James Carton, Chair of the Dept. of Atmospheric and Oceanic Studies at the University of MD who said in his e-mail reply of March 22, 2013: “Looks a bit like Shear Instability.”  Further internet research showed instances of similar looking upper air disturbances.  Although it cannot be stated with 100% certainty, all indications point to shear instability as the cause for the observed aerial phenomenon.