12-034-AN1 (Grimsby, UK)

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Synopsis: On 12 May 12, at 2130 hours, an infrared camera took a photo of a UFO near Grimsby, UK. The UFO was captured on a Forscam infrared webcam mounted on the roof of the witness’ home.

Evidence Submitted: Infrared video footage of the UFO.

Initial Action: This UFO investigation was opened as an AN1 – an anomaly that left no lasting physical effects, such as lights in the sky and similar phenomena. A preliminary analysis of the photo indicated the UFO was more than likely an insect captured on the webcam.

Investigation and Findings: The investigators conducted multiple interviews with the witness of this investigation. The investigators, moreover, conducted open source research for orb related activity in the Grimsby, UK, which resulted in finding an abundant number of photos and videos of orb activity in England. However, no explanation, other than Chinese lanterns, for these sightings were given. The investigators, therefore, attempted to shape the investigation towards an optic or perhaps an insect as the culprit. According to research, most orbs are typically circular artifacts that occur in flash photography—sometimes with trails indicating motion. Orb artifacts are captured during low-light instances where the camera’s flash is used, such as at night. Moreover, purple fringing (sometimes called PF) is the term for an out-of-focus purple or magenta “ghost” image on a photograph. This defect is generally most visible as a coloring and lightening of dark edges adjacent to bright areas of broad-spectrum illumination, such as daylight or various types of gas discharge lamps. The investigators however could not conclude the orb was a result of PF. The investigators, therefore, contacted the UK Royal Entomology Society to determine if they could identify the object as a possible insect. It was the opinion of the Royal Entomology Society that the orb could not have been a known insect. The investigative process was exhausted and the investigation was closed as unidentified.

Object Details: Unidentified

12-029-AN1 (Marseille, France)

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Synopsis: On 21 April 12, at 1658 hours, the witness of this investigation was vacationing on a beach near Marseille, France and noticed many lenticular clouds over the nearby mountains. The witness took several photos of the clouds with a mobile phone and, while reviewing the photos, noticed a black orb-like UFO in all of the photos.

Evidence Submitted: Five photos of the UFO.

Initial Action: This UFO investigation was opened as an AN1 – an anomaly that left no lasting physical effects, such as lights in the sky and similar phenomena. A preliminary analysis of the photo indicated the UFO was more than likely dirt on the camera’s interior optics.

Investigation and Findings: The witness of this investigation did not speak English. Therefore, after consultation with Ovni France, it was determined that the witness did not see the UFO in the sky while taking the photos. The UFO was noticed later while reviewing the photos. During the photo analysis, the investigators noticed that regardless of where the camera was pointed or what zoom factor was used, the UFO was always positioned in the same location on the photo. By applying a grid pattern on all five photos, the analysis indicated the UFO was positioned on the same location on all the photos. Investigators, moreover, conducted a cross examination of the witness’ photos with several other photos taken with known dirt on the camera sensor. The results of the investigation concluded the UFO was dirt on the camera’s internal optics.

Object Details: Dust or dirt on a camera’s internal optics will show up as small gray or black spots in photos. More often than not, the spots will show up the most in portions of an image that contain sky or solid white areas. (Investigator Note: dust or dirt on the camera lens will not appear on the photo due to the distance between the rear element and the camera sensor).

12-012-AN1 (Waldorf, MD)

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Synopsis: On 15 July 11, at approximately 1730 hours, the witness of this UFO investigation was traveling home from work. While at a stoplight, the witness used a cell phone to take a photo of a rainbow in horizon. While reviewing the photos, the witness noticed two red orbs “in front of the rainbow”.

Evidence Submitted: A photo of the UFO.

Initial Action: This UFO investigation was opened as an AN1 – an anomaly that left no lasting physical effects, such as lights in the sky and similar phenomena. A preliminary analysis of the photo indicated the UFO was more than likely a reflection of the car’s interior dashboard lights.

Investigation and Findings: An interview with the witness indicated the photo was taken inside the vehicle with the windows raised. The witness, moreover, did not notice the two red orbs prior to taking the photo, an indication that the objects were likely a reflection. After numerous attempts to replicate the two red orbs, the investigators were able to replicate the event. The two red orbs, therefore, were a reflection from dashboard lights inside the car.

Object Details: Specular reflection is the mirror-like reflection of light from a surface, in which light from a single incoming direction is reflected into a single outgoing direction. In this case, the instrument lights from the dashboard reflected off the glass window.

12-059-FB1 (Grimsby, UK)

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Synopsis: On 12 June 12, at 2213 hours, a UFO was traveling Northeast near Grimsby, UK. The UFO was captured on a Forscam infrared webcam mounted on the roof of the witness’ home.

Evidence Submitted: Video footage.

Initial Action: This UFO investigation was opened as a FB1, a fly-by of a UFO traveling in a straight line across the sky. A preliminary analysis of the video indicated the UFO was more than likely an artificial satellite in Low Earth Orbit.

Investigation and Findings: Indices checks on several satellite tracking databases indicated the UFO was space junk, more specifically, the Cosmos 1953 Rocket in Low Earth Orbit (LEO). The Cosmos 1953 Rocket passed over the witness’ location at the same date and time (2213 hours on 12 June 12) as reported by the witness. Additionally, the magnitude of the satellite was 2.4, which would have been visible on the webcam.

Object Details: The Cosmos 1953 Rocket (US Space Command Catalog No. 19210) was a Soviet ELINT (Electronic and Signals Intelligence) satellite launched from the Plesetsk cosmodrome on 14 June 88. The satellite remains in Low Earth Orbit with an apogee of 583 km and a perigee of 559 km.