Location of Sighting: Lebanon, Oregon
Date of Sighting: October 14, 2016
Time of Sighting: 4 PM PDT
Description: Several photos were taken of an orb with several bright lights. The orb was in a cloud and appeared to be surrounded by a green elliptical halo. The photos were taken in the direction of the sun, but the orb appears to be a real object and not a lens flare or reflection. The reason for this is that one of the photos shows the object partially hidden by the cloud. A reflection would not appear that way. It is not known if the orb was seen or later discovered in the photo. This question has been posed to the witness. (See response below.)
Witness Response to Questions: I thought I saw something reflected for a second, but thought because I was looking toward the sun that I must have imagined it. It wasn’t until I looked at the pictures when I got home that I saw the object. I went back out and took pictures about half an hour later to see if it was something wrong with my camera and nothing showed up in those photos.
I take a lot of pictures of clouds. I have for years and I have never come across anything like this. I have been pouring over all my cloud photos and this is the first and only time something unusual has shown up. I am not sure what it is and would really appreciate your take on these pictures. I was just going say that that is why I went online looking for someone who would know more than I do about this kind of thing. I don’t know what to think.
Note: This object could very well be real because one of the photos (enlargement) shows that the object is partially hidden by the clouds and also bright spots show up on the object. A lens flare would not look like this. Also the object appears to be too far away from the Sun to be a lens flare or reflection. The enlarged photo above shows a green elliptical shaped halo surrounds the object. The witness also said that he used a Samsung Galaxy 6 cellphone to take the photos. (See comments below regarding photos taken with Samsung phones.)
The following comments were received from a Norway UFO researcher:
We got in several reports in Norway the last week With the exact same phenomenon as in your latest report on ufosnw.com. In the reports we got the Objects are partially hidden behind clouds too. What they all have in common is that the Pictures are all taken With Samsung cellphone cameras.
There is also articles on internet With the same phenomenon and those are also take With Samsung Phones.
I do find it strange that the Objects are hidden behind clouds, but do you think it might be a defect or something With Samsung cellphone cameras that can make this kind of Object occur on Pictures?
I have never seen anything like this before, but suddenly I have now seen up to 5 Pictures of the same phenomenon in only the last week. If it turns out to be a real Object I do think this needs more investigation.