As many of you know, I regularly check the MUFON reports for something out of the ordinary, yet logical enough to warrant investigation.
Today I got lucky and found a report that fits the above description. There are definitely aspects of this case that stand out from all the dot or light in sky scenarios we tend to see all too often.
This one comes to us from Phoenix, AZ., which has been a hotbed of UFO activity since the 1997 ‘Phoenix Lights Incident’. The MUFON description is as follows:
Case Number: 45503
Date Submitted: 01/31/13
Date of Event: 01/21/13
Short Description: Stationary elongated craft at normal white orb type altitude
According to the above short description, the witness concludes that it is one elongated craft. Take a look at the original photo to see if you agree.
Here’s the witness testimony which seems somewhat nonsensical to me:
Have mentioned in a previous report how Ive been seeing white orb UFOs in this area for about two years at least. Ive seen white orbs at lower altitudes on a couple of occasions. In one case it was like looking at the ball from the top of a large flagpole, sitting stationary above me.
Most often I would see these things parked in the sky at a very high altitude, where they would resemble Venus in the morning or early evening sky, yet I was seeing them at midday or during the afternoon. Well I have now seen something new at the same sort of high altitude as the white orbs, on two occasions. The first was sometime during the holiday stretch, after Christmas or New Years, don’t remember when exactly. It was a day when we had lacy or gauzy like cloud cover, and I noticed what looked like a stubby grain of rice among the clouds. After it initially caught my attention, I allowed that it might just be a cloud fragment, so I waited to see if it would dissipate or merge with the surrounding cloud cover. That didn’t happen. This grain of rice looking thing maintained its unique shape apart and distinctive from the rest of the clouds drifting by an morphing around it. This thing was solid.
My second sighting of this category happened on Jan 21st, MLK day 2013. There was no cloud cover at all on this day. The sky was clear blue, and sitting there parked in the sky was another stubby little grain of rice once again. I spotted it during the last few minutes of my lunch break, around 12:30 to 12:40PM, while outside having a smoke. Imagine having a single grain of rice in your open palm, and giving it an underhand toss onto the asphalt parking lot about 5 to 6 feet ahead of you. Now imagine trying to zero in on the rice grain and getting a visual lock on it. Thats what finding this thing in the sky was like, both with locating it and with monitoring its position.
Correct me if I’m wrong, but that doesn’t look like an “elongated craft”. In fact, other than the “orb” references, the witness’ “long description” doesn’t seem to compliment the photo at all.
Call me crazy, but what I see is a string of multiple objects/”orbs” that appear in a zig-zag formation. In fact, I did a little editing to see just how symmetrical the pattern was and to my surprise, the “orbs” are approximately the same distance from each other, both vertically and horizontally.
See my results in photo below:
Here you can see where I zero in on two of the “orbs” at the end of the ‘train’. Notice, there is no visible connection between them.
While tethering is a possibility, it’s not apparent to the naked eye.
In my final photo edit, I blew up “orb” #3 in the ‘train’ and noticed a somewhat metallic gold appearance (color not as prominent outside the editing program). This coloration first got my attention in both orb #3 and #6 while manipulating the original photo. Of course there could be any number of reasons for the described appearance, but it is slightly more detailed than the round white blob I expected.
My first guess with most of these “orb” UFO photos is almost consistently balloons. As you can see by the content provided, such an assumption isn’t a leading option in this case. There are several questions regarding the witness photograph and that’s what separates it from the average chaff we tend to see on a daily basis.
Finally, I happen to read the description for case number 45507 and thought it matched up better with the subject photo. Is it possible the picture somehow got attached to the wrong case? We may never know, but it’s best to go with what originally posted at MUFON and hope for the best.
It’s not often that I am enchanted by a UFO photo. Case #45503 is an exception and I hope the readers are interested as well.
Thanks to the MUFON Case Management System for content provided.
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