Time Lapse Photo Reveals Unknown Object Over Mt. Rainier.

Location of Sighting: About 7 Miles North of Mt. Rainier in Washington State
Date of Sighting: June 1, 2016
Time of Sighting: 2:34 AM PDT



Description: Reviewing a photos from a night time lapse (within 24 hours of above observation) about 7 miles north of Rainier, looking south), something appears on one photo and am not sure what it is/was.

I guess this will send faster than I thought since my image-browser program (Photo Mechanic) automatically converted it to a JPG, so it’s only 1.9 MBs. No big deal. If you want the original RAW image, it’s more like 21 MBs or something (closer to the email-size limit for many programs, after which, a file transfer service maybe could be used).

Photo was taken from 46.959051, -121.680257 (about 7 miles NNE of Mount Rainier) looking SSW at the mountain. This high elevation meadow is at about 5,400 feet elevation or so. Again, the photo was taken at 2:34 AM on June 1st (early morning of Wed morning, June 1st). I used a 13-second exposure, 24 mm lens with the aperture at 1.6.

So the situation was that I hiked up here Tuesday for the sole purpose (mainly) to capture a Milky Way time lapse shot over Rainier. The plan was to be there Tues, Wed, Thur (3 days, 2 nights), but sour weather made me leave Wed night.

(I am using rough times and approximate events just to sketch out what happened without looking up every last minutia of detail to give you an idea, but precise details of earlier shots could be provided though probably not important.)

I started my first best-attempt at the time lapse sometime earlier in the night and drifted off to sleep. I awoke to see the camera still clicking away, showing blurred images in its LCD display (whatever you call it). Bummer. I was caused from dew. I brought the camera and tripod in the tent and wiped the down to remove the moisture from all the hardware. Now, sometime after 2 AM (after my failed-time-lapse-which-became-blurred attempt due to dew), I pondered restarting with, perhaps, the camera and tripod setting just inside the tent to thwart further dew. But I was tired and not committed. Then I remembered a couple of the mountain climbers I had seen and chatted with them at the Rainier permit office on Tue morning. They told me the route they would be taking up and I could see headlamps from climbers making the ascent so I thought should make another effort in case we hook up later (by some off chance, even though I had no name or contact info.) and see if I could make a time lapse of their headlamps crawling up the mountain. However, the camera, on “manual focus”, obviously got moved out of focus a bit as I had earlier dried off the dew. These late night focus attempts require (for me), my reading glasses plus, possibly, a magnifying glass all of which I had, but I was tired and not motivated. So I just risked that it was still in focus. From the image, you can see it is not super crisp as it should be. But it was not terrible. You can get the idea.

The image taken before the one being sent to you was taken about 21 minutes earlier and it was super fogged from dew. Mars and a few stars are visible. There was nothing interesting. It was a terrible shot. That was around 2:13 AM. Then I dried off the lens and started a new time lapse and the shot being sent is the first shot of the next pseudo time lapse effort taking about 57 shots. I kept interrupting and readjusting levelness of camera, etc. and gave up at about 2:56 AM and went to sleep. But it was only the first shot of those 57 shots that had anything.

So, to discuss the weirdness of the shot: You see Mars over Rainier. To the right of Mars, from the right edge of the photo, looks like a blip of light, followed by a short-line trail to a second blip of light, followed by a long straight trail going just past Mars and then doing a sharp 90-degree turn or something to Mars and ending in a blip of light at Mars. (I am just guessing it traveled from right to left, but have no way of knowing since I didn’t see it when it happened. I wasn’t paying attention.)

So that’s weird. Is it well behind the mountain? Maybe. Planes usually have red and white lights that blink at 1-second intervals (for a 13-second shot, would leave 13 red-white-dot patterns across the line). A military jet? Maybe. At 2:34 AM? Maybe. I didn’t hear or pay attention to any noise. Come to think of it, and this might be a very good explanation: The Joint Base Lewis McChord military airfield is around 47.142318, -122.485446 (about 40 miles west of me). And it might be reasonable for them to have something flying around there (without the normal red-white blinking lights at 1-sec. intervals).

Anyway, a curiosity. Sounds like the previous poster was looking straight up (and not due north towards Rainier, or south, or whatever). His/her description is obviously a bit different. There was no red or orange dot in my photos.

Note: The photo was taken with a 13 second exposure. This means that the streak noted in the photo occurred in 13 seconds. The photo was confusing to interpret until the contrast was adjusted. The streaking near the planet Mars gave the object a meteor or comet like appearance. Given the streaking and change in direction I don’t have an identification for this sighting. The witness presents a good argument that the light was not a standard aircraft flashing light. As stated you should see 13 dots if this was the case. The witness is comparing his sighting to a sighting of Reddish Orange dots on May 30, 2016 in Vancouver, Washington.

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1 Response to Time Lapse Photo Reveals Unknown Object Over Mt. Rainier.

  1. Alisa says:


    I was just google searching this strange subject as something weird happened to me by Mt Rainier that I’ll never be able to explain.

    About 3 years ago, I went on my first solo over nighter at Shriner Peak Lookout (near Sunrise, off 123). It was the end of the season on a weekday and I ended up being the only one up there. After the sun set, I was laying in my tent without the rain fly, looking up at the sky when I saw a bright light hovering out of the corner of my eye. Then I saw another one and another. They weren’t flying. They were definitely hovering around, but they were all making the same pattern, all of them in a line, over and over again. They did look saucer-like. They would leave and come back only to do a different pattern. They weren’t flying super high and they were not like any drones I have ever seen. (I have definitely considered this). At one point, one of them hovered in the air directly over my tent.

    I’m a female and was 23 at the time. I wanted to stop fearing spending the night in places solo. I was expecting to be freaked out by animal noises, but nothing like this. Whatever this was happened on and off from 10:00 PM to 4:00 AM. I laid frozen in fear the entire night and once the sun rose, I stuffed everything in my pack and literally ran to my car. I drove to the ranger station (they probably thought I was insane) and asked if something was happening with drones. I kind of told them what I saw. They said no, but told me there is a military base near by. I have no idea if that is related or not. That was definitely the most bizarre thing I have seen in my life. From time to time I think about it and search the internet to see if anyone else has had any experiences. This is about the closest thing I have found.

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