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Sighting Reports 2011

Couple See Strange Object Surrounded
by "Aura" or "Energy Field" Photo Taken.

Enlarged Photo of Object Sent by Witness.
Enlarged Photo of Object Sent by Witness.

This Enhancement of the Original Photo Has Shown That The Object Was Attached to a String or "Tether."
This Enhancement of the Original Photo Has Shown
That The Object Was Attached to a String or "Tether."

Medford is in Southwestern Oregon About 30 Miles From the California Border.
Medford is in Southwestern Oregon About 30 Miles From the California Border.

Date of Sighting: April 24, 2011
Time of Sighting: 4:54 PM PDT
Location of Sighting: Medford, Oregon (See Map)

Description: We spotted this odd shaped blob passing by about 1,500 feet altitude traveling with the wind West to East and about 1/4 mile away. At first it looked like a large vulture that was soaring, but then as it got closer we could make out the shape better. It made no noise, but my wife and I both noticed some sort of aura or energy field that seemed to distort the air right around this thing. I then ran inside to get my camera while my wife kept watching. I got this one decent picture, but when I tried to zoom in on it my camera started acting erratically and then I lost track of the object. I called my brother that lives on the other end of town to see if he could see it, and he immediately did spot it and tried to photograph it, but had the same problem with focusing.

Information Supplied by Witness (In Response to Questions): I was able to track the object for about 90 seconds total until I lost it behind trees and clouds. Like I said in my report when I zoomed in to the object my camera started behaving erratically and auto-focus was going all the way in and out. I didn't hear a sound. It was close enough that I would have expected to hear a sound, but for the first 30 seconds I was watching it approach I thought it was a Vulture soaring along, not flapping it's wings, so I wasn't expecting a sound, but as it got closer and the perspective changed it was clear it wasn't a bird, or a plane, and was too large to just be a random balloon. I called my brother that lives on the other end of town in the direction I saw it heading and he was able to spot it, but had the same problem with his camera not being able to focus. He was able to confirm he saw the same shape when I sent him my photo.

Note: I don't know what this object is, but a check of weather conditions showed that at the time of sighting surface winds were from the west at 17 mph with gusts to 25 mph. The peak wind was clocked at about 33 mph. Given these weather conditions the object could be some sort of windblown debris. Another possibility is that the object could have been thrown in air and photographed, but I don't believe that this is the case. (Of course if the witnesses were accurate in their observation of an energy or aura field surrounding the object, then this explanation wouldn't be valid.) Also the object appears to be symmetrical and not windblown debris (like a garbage bag or other object that could be suspended). The photo was taken with a NIKON COOLPIX P100 digital camera. This camera has a maximum resolution of 10.3 million bytes. Analysis indicates that the photo is the unedited original version and was not edited. (The witness enlarged the photo, but also sent the original photo.)

Update April 26, 2011: UFOS Northwest has received many comments that the object in the photo was some sort of flotation device (balloon, commercial promotion, etc). This may be the case, but one argument against this explanation is that the object was not ascending. The witness saw it moving horizontally for 90 seconds and his brother saw the object across town. Balloons or flotation devices will rise and burst in the absence of a "ground tether" which will keep them from rising. More analysis by a commenter (see below) has shown that the object was attached to a string or "tether." Therefore this object was sort of kite or promotional device.

Comment Received April 26, 2011 (See Above Photo Enhancement Showing Appearance of String or "Tether" to object). I first started to work on the object to expose more detail. However, I noticed that there was a faint line just below the object. (See attached.) I am convinced this is just a balloon or kite. I hope this helps.

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