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Sighting Reports 2006

Woman Allegedly Takes Photo of White Orb Right After Sunset

Photo of Alleged Orb - Edited to Add Brightness
Note: Witness Said That Photo Was Taken Around 5:30 PM. The Sun Had
Set at 4:53 PM. The Photo Was Taken of the Sunset to The West. The Moon
Was 89% Illuminated, But Was in The Opposite Direction (Northeast)
of The Direction of The Photo. (Note: Red Sky in Direction of the Sunset).

- Photo Has Been Brightened For Enhancement -

Date of Sighting: December 31, 2006
Time of Sighting: About 5:30 PM PST
Duration of Sighting: Unknown
Location of Sighting: Carlsbad, California (Along Coast About 30 Miles North-Northwest of San Diego)
Latitude: 33.18 Degrees North
Longitude: 117.3 Degrees West
Number of Witnesses: Two
Number of Witnesses Interviewed: One
Weather: Scattered Clouds at 7,000 Feet and 20,000 Feet. Visibility 8 Miles.
Astronomical Information: Moon Position at 80 Degrees (East-Northeast) at the Time of the Photo. Sunset Was at 4:53 PM PST (About 35 Minutes Before Photo Was Taken).

Description: The witness reported her sighting via telephone. She stated that went out to her apartment balcony to take a photo of the sunset. She did not notice anything in the photo until she loaded her photo into her computer. At that time she saw the orb. She used an Olympia Optimus 5.0 megapixel camera to take the photo.

Investigator's Notes: It is really hard to believe that the orb in the photo is not either the sun or the moon. However, if the witness is correct in the direction of the photo and the time, then the orb could not be the sun or the moon. Another possibility is a reflection, but this is unlikely because the photo was taken outdoors and not through a window.