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Sighting Reports 2007

Man Takes Infrared Video of Contrail & Unknown Objects

Still Image Extracted From Video.
Still Image Extracted From Video.
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Source: Kevin Kessell

Summertown is in South-Central Tennessee.
Summertown is in South-Central Tennessee.

Date of Sighting: September 28, 2007
Time of Sighting: 4:07 PM CDT
Date Sighting Reported: June 16, 2008
Duration of Sighting: Video Was Around 45 Seconds
Location of Sighting: Summertown, Tennessee (See Map)
Latitude: 35.43 Degrees North
Longitude: 87.31 Degrees West
Number of Witnesses: One
Weather: (At Nashville) Few Clouds Were Located at 11,000 Feet and Scattered Clouds Were at 20,000 Feet. Visibility Was 10 Miles. Winds Were From the North-North at 12 with Gusts to 19 MPH. The Video Shows Some Cloudiness. It is Assumed That Cloud Heights Were Close to Nearby Nashville.

Description: I was filming contrals with my Sony video camera using a IR filter and in "Nightshot" mode, hence the Green Color. Then I noticed 3 UFOs emerge from the central part of the contrail. The speed at which the 3rd UFO catches up to the first UFO at incredible speed. It then stops and rotates around the first UFO. The video was taken by me from my backyard in Summertown, Tennesse. You are welcome to use the video as long as credit is given to me. Kevin Kessell
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Additional Information Provided by Witness (In Response to Questions):
1. When these cameras first were released by Sony they were able to use "Nightshot" mode during daylight and you could manually adjust the contrast. These functions along with the right infrared lens gave them the X-Ray vision, after it was discovered Sony discontinued them. During daylight with a IR lens installed without "Nightshot" mode the photo is grainy and not much in the way of a good image, but put in "Nightshot" mode with the same lens and it's amazing what can be seen in the sky that normally can not be seen.
2. I used a Sony CCD-TRV615 NTSC. My model camera is able to focus and shoot in "Nightshot" during daylight without and modifications, hence the X-Ray capabilities. I use a 950nm IR filter.
3. No, I could not see the objects with the naked eye.

Comments: The witness used an older Sony camcorder to take the footage. This camera is able to focus in "nightshot" mode during the daytime. The witness mounted a 950 nanometer (nm) filter to the camera to further filter the IR light entering the camera. He stated that the objects were not visible to the naked eye. The objects are interesting and show rapid movement relative to the clouds. The objects are too small to determine a shape. The reference to "Xray" by the witness could be misleading. He probably means that the objects could not be seen by the naked eye. Xray wavelengths are very low and can only be detected by devices like "Xray telescopes."