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Sighting Reports 2008

Unknown Object Shows Up in Photo Near O'Hare Airport

Photo and Blowup of the Object.
First Photo Taken of Object Through Telescope.

Map Showing Location Where the Photo Was Taken From. The photo was taken in an Easterly direction towards Chicago.
Map Showing Location Where the Photo Was Taken From.
The photo was taken in an Easterly direction towards Chicago.

Date of Sighting: October 3, 2008
Time of Sighting: 3:45 PM CDT
Date Sighting Reported:November 5, 2008
Duration of Sighting: Object Only Viewed in Photo
Location of Sighting: Berkeley, Illinois (See Map)
Latitude: 41.89 Degrees North
Longitude: 87.91 Degrees West
Number of Witnesses: One
Weather: Scattered Clouds (Partly Cloudy) Were Measured at 3,600 Feet and Broken Clouds (Mostly Cloudy) Were Measured at 5,500 Feet. Visibility Was 10 Miles. Winds Were From the Northeast at 13 MPH.

Description: I found this object in the sky over Chicago. I am not sure what it is. I did not see it by the bare eye. I only noticed it after looking at the picture and then enlarging it to try and make it out. I took the picture from a bridge looking straight down the road towards Chicago.

Comments: The photo has been edited by the witness. The witness enlarged the photo somewhat from the original resolution. I have requested the original photo from the witness. I further expanded the area of the photo where the object was located. Enlargement does not reveal enough detail to make a determination. The object could be a bird, but that is speculation on my part. Another possibility is that the object is metallic because one can see an illumination on the right side (south part) of the object. This is consistent with the position of the Sun at 3:45 PM and the easterly direction of the photo. It is also obvious that the witness used an optical zoom as the high rise buildings in the background are large. The photo was taken with a Canon PowerShot S2 IS digital camera. The camera has a maximum resolution of 5 mega-pixels.

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