Location of Sighting: Elk, California
Date of Sighting: December 30, 2021
Time of Sighting: 4:53 PM PST
Description: When the sunsets are nice up here, I take pictures. Typically I take lots of pictures. I was going over the shots this evening and noticed something odd when I scanned over them. A blue object pops up, looks like it had 3, then 5 lights, then disappears. It does movements no plane could do. I will post online.
Additional Information Provided by Witness: The pictures were all were shot within 2 minutes of 4:52-53 PM. I did not see the anomaly when I was taking the photos (typically when I feel it is a nice shot I will take a few, so there was varied time in between shots, we get great sunsets over the Pacific so when they set up nice in the evening, I am out). Just as I was flipping through pictures on the tablet, 2 days later, the movement jumped out. With the backlight from the sunset, any rocket contrails would have stood out. If it was a 2 stage rocket and the cigar in #4 was the first stage, you would have seen the 2nd stage lit in the same frame, but there is none for 2 pictures. And from what I have seen of Vandenburg, with the 2nd stage ignitions, this was nothing like it. If you have an email I can send you files that are not as compressed as the text compression.
Note: The photos have been requested, but we have had no response. If photos are received, the photos will be posted.
Update Jan 3, 2022: Several photos have been received from the witness. Only one of the photos is displayed in this report. One of the optical enlargements prepared by the witness is shown. Originally I thought that the anomaly was a lens flare, but the enlargement suggests that it could possibly be a real object. I can’t rule out a lens flare, but will classify the sighting as unidentified. I don’t see the blue color described by the witness in any of the photos.Note to Commenters: If you are reporting a sighting, be sure to include the location (city, state, country), date and time of your sighting. Be detailed in your description. You may also use our report form to report your sighting. Comments will only be published if they are in "good taste" and not inflammatory. Also the name that you list in the comment will be posted. Use abbreviations or aliases if you don't want your name listed.