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Sighting Reports 2008

Photo of Thunderstorm Reveals Two Intriguing Aerial Objects

Photo of Thunderstorm and Blowups of Two Objects.
Photo of Thunderstorm and Blowups of Two Objects.

Date of Sighting: June 8, 2008
Time of Sighting: 4:00 PM EDT
Date Sighting Reported: November 2, 2008
Duration of Sighting: Objects Not Sighted (Only Seen in Photo)
Location of Sighting: St. Clair Shores, Michigan (About 15 Miles Northeast of Detroit)
Latitude: 42.5 Degrees North
Longitude: 82.9 Degrees West
Number of Witnesses:Objects Not Sighted (Only Seen in Photo)
Weather: Photo Shows Significant Thunderstorm Activity.

Description: I didn't find this in my pictures until later when someone pointed it out. The picture was taken during an incoming storm in the month of June I believe of 2008. A wicked dark storm was rolling in so I ran out to take pictures. I was really looking for funnel cloud development. Then recently I came across the photos and noticed a shiny orb in 3 of the photos in the same spot in the sky. In one photo when zoomed in you can actually see a cigar shaped object.

Comments: Zooming into two areas of the above photo reveals a triangular shaped object and a cigar shaped object that resembles a rocket (flame is coming out of one end). The witness did not see the objects. He was outside when he took the photos so the objects would not have been reflections from windows. The triangle shaped object could be an "out of focus" insect, but the other object is more mysterious. (Perhaps it could be a model rocket.) The photo was taken with a Canon Powershot SD750 digital camera. (The camera has a maximum resolution of 7.1 mega-pixels.) Comments received from a reader below suggest that the one light could be a reflection of the light in the lower right corner of the photo from a raindrop on the lens. He poses that the triangular object could be a leaf kicked up by the probable wind associated with the thunderstorm. These are possibilities. However, the flame (light) in the middle of the cloud is associated with another object (cigar shaped). This would suggest that the light is associated with a real object and not a reflection of light from a raindrop.

Update November 4, 2008 (Comments Received From Reader): Me again! Well, I count three objects!  Look down in the extreme lower right corner.  Another object with similar coloration to the "flame" object, except it looks to be in front of a relatively nearby tree.
 
I suspect these are rain droplets on the lens, picking up a reflection from a bright light out of the picture to the left.  You might want to ask the witness if he has any yellowish outdoor lights that might have been on, or perhaps if there is a sodium vapor street lamp in that direction that might have come on due to the darkness from the approaching storm.  Notice how both lighted objects seem to have the lighted area in the same orientation, toward the "8 o'clock" position?
 
It must have been pretty windy if he was watching for a funnel cloud, so it would not be hard to imagine a few windblown drops getting on the lens, and a leaf being blown high into the air to account for the uppermost object.  The clincher for me is that the lower-right object is clearly in front of the tree, and so cannot be a very large object, and exhibits similar color and spatial characteristics to the orange object in the "sky".

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