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Sighting Reports 2007

Man Notices Pattern of Red Lights in Photos Taken of Sky


First Photo Taken Showing Red Lights  Perfectly Ordered to the Left of White Lights. (Zoomed About 3X.)
First Photo Taken Showing Red Lights Perfectly Ordered to the Left of White Lights. (Zoomed About 3X.)
Second Photo Showing Red Line by White Lights. (Zoomed About 3X.)
Second Photo Showing Red Line by White Lights. (Zoomed About 3X.)

Date of Sighting: September 15, 2007
Time of Sighting: 8:59 PM CDT
Date Sighting Reported: September 16, 2007
Duration of Sighting: Object Not Observed
Location of Sighting: Sherman, Texas (About 50 MI North of Downtown Dallas)
Latitude: 33.65 Degrees North
Longitude: 96.5 Degrees West
Number of Witnesses: One
Weather: Clear Skies. Good Visibility.

Description (In Witness's Own Words): On September 15, 2007 I was photographing stars up and more toward the north, approximately 10 miles west outside Sherman, TX. At the time, I had no idea what was on the film, but in these two pictures, the first at 8:59:30pm (central time), and the second at 8:59:56 pm (central time), something was flying across the sky. The pictures were photographed on a Canon PowerShot Pro1 8.0 megapixel camera. If you zoom in on both you will see beside the set of linear four white dots are four red dots. The object appears to move closer in the second shot, making me think it was moving down through the atmosphere. What it is I don't know. If anyone does, please let me know.

Second Report by Witness (In Response to Investigator Questions): When I took the photos, I was sitting in a chair with the camera on a tripod talking with my wife and mother. I was not looking through the camera lens, but was just looking up at the stars in general and pressing the camera button to take snap shots as we talked through this and that conversation. I did not expect to see what I saw the next day, nor did I notice anything unusual that evening. If I recall, I think I zoomed in a particular section but for no particular reason. My main objective was to try and catch meteorites dropping through the atmosphere. I took around 250 shots in all in various directions of the sky. None except the two you saw show the four white and red dots. One other note. When I logged the report, I said we were west of Sherman. Our location was actually on the East side. I did not realize the inaccurate direction until later. Another curiosity that was interesting to me was the way the white translucent strips seem to wave over the dots in both pictures. Also each shot was on a 5 second exposure, with 20 something seconds between them (the details of the settings should show up in the properties under advanced summary). Could that explain the white translucent strips? And if it explains the strips, why not a blurring of the lights themselves? It almost seems like the object was indeed coming faster down than moving sideways.

Investigator's Notes: The witness did not notice any flying objects, but concluded this after viewing the photos. The photos were taken with a very high resolution camera making it possible to zoom in and still preserve detail. In the first photo the 3X zoom in shows a linear pattern of four red dots synchronized with adjoining four white lights. The 3X zoom in the second photo shows a red streak by the adjoining four white lights. The source of these red lights is not known. Subsequent analysis and communication with the witness leads me to believe that the two photos were of separate groups of lights (objects). My reasoning is as follows:

1. The camera was mounted on a tripod.

2. In photo 2 the lights were in a different portion of the sky than photo 1.

3. The photos were taken 24 seconds apart.

4. The photos were taken with a 5 second exposure (shutter speed).