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Sighting Reports 2011

Photo of Strange Cloud Formations Reveals Unknown Object

Photo and Enlargement of Object.
Photo and Enlargement of Object.

Albany is in Western Oregon About 15 Miles South of Salem.
Albany is in Western Oregon About 15 Miles South of Salem.

Date of Sighting: June 21, 2011
Time of Sighting: 2:26 PM PDT
Location of Sighting: Albany, Oregon (See Map)

Description: On June 21, 2011 my friend's wife called him at his work in Albany just approximately 1/4 mile east of I-5 on Highway 20. She told my friend to check out the odd cloud formations just to the south. At 2:26 PM he took this picture with his cell phone. The first copy is the original size and the second is cropped in a bit. It is interesting to see the apparent discoloration and turbulence in the cloud near the object.

Note: It is difficult to do much analysis on the photo because the cell phone photos are of low resolution. However, zooming in reveals a circular object. It is doubtful that the object is a bird. Other explanations are possible, but I don't know what they would be? I don't think that the "RAINBOW" effect on the clouds near the object is related to the object. It is most likely to be a reflection of sunlight into primary colors. The correct term is "sun dog." (See comments below.)

Comments Received June 28, 2011: The color in the clouds is a parhelia (sun dog) or one of the other "atmospheric color" shows (and there are a number of them) produced by the sun shining into thin cirrus clouds. Link: http://www.atoptics.co.uk/halo/dogcol.htm

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