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Difficult to Explain Aerial Object in Infrared Video

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Short Clip Showing Unidentifiable Object
(Object Appears to be Rising in the Right Side of Screen)

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Short Clip Showing Appearance of Airplane.

Redmond is About 15 Miles East-Northeast of Downtown Seattle.
Redmond is About 15 Miles East-Northeast of Downtown Seattle.

Date of Video: May 19, 2011
Time of Video: Approximately 10:57 PM PDT
Location of Video: Redmond, Washington (See Map)

Description/Notes: The above video footage is the result of a "sky fishing" session from my apartment in Redmond, WA. Sky fishing is an activity in the "UFO Community" whereby one mounts cameras on tripods and simply point them to the sky in the hopes of catching anything unusual flying across the sky. UFOs are frequently detected with IR cameras and are not visible in the "visible light" portion of the electromagnetic spectrum. On the above session I used three infrared (IR) cameras:

1. Yukon Range finder (above footage was captured from this camera). This is a 'generation 2' IR and amplifies ambient and "near IR" light.

2. FLIR Thermal (Model B2) camera. This is a camera that shoots in the thermal (far IR). It is sensitive to temperature differences. It is the same camera used by the "Ghost Hunters" group on TV.

3. Generation 3 IR ITT camera. This is a highly sensitive camera that amplifies near IR light and ambient light.

The above footage only appeared on the Yukon Range Finder and did not show up on the other two cameras which were pointed in the same area of the sky. The footage is difficult to explain for the following reasons:

A. The object is not likely an airplane because no "flashing lights" were evident. Also the FLIR would have picked the thermal signature from an airplane, but nothing was detected. (The second video above shows what an airplane looks like on a Yukon Range Finder.)

B. The object was not a satellite because there were satellites visible in the area of the sky (southwest) where the cameras were pointed. I even checked very dim satellites and none were in the area. Footage earlier in the session did show a satellite which was listed in the satellite table.

C. I was actively viewing the footage (on my TV as the footage was being copied to DVD). I quickly went outside and I could not see the object with the naked eye.

D. The object does not fit the profile of a meteor.

E. It is not known if the object was ascending or moving horizontally across the sky. Of course it could have been doing both. If it was moving horizontally it would have been traveling northeastward.

Given the above scenario I don't have an explanation for the object in this footage. It possibly could have been a satellite not listed on satellite charts.

 

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