Monday, May 9, 2011

Photo of Object Near Moon?

An amateur photographer/astronomer was taking photos of the moon, when he captured something that appears to be flying around the moon.  Here is his "unedited" report submitted to MUFON.

I enlarged and cropped the object for a better view of it.  To see the original photos, please click on the photo links below this report. -SW


MUFON Case #  29018
Event Date:    2011-05-05
Time:    20:45
City:    Tucson
State:    Arizona
Shape:    Fireball,Other
Duration:    00:00:30
Distance:    Unknown
Vallee Index:    AN1
Summary:    Photo Coincidence-Something (appears to be) traveling beyond Moon orbit.

I enjoy taking photos of the different phases of the moon. I do so on a regular basis, opportunity premitting. I was off on Thursday (05-05-11) and out in the yard w/dog around 20:?? I saw a nice photo op of the Moon sliver 2nd day after new. I went and grabbed my camera (Fuji Finepix S1000fd)and tripod. I shoot in manual mode and as I'm a rookie amature, I start low with shutter speed and quick check the display and adjust accordingly.

As for the Event, I didn't really see it in full bloom until I transferred the photos to pc. I took a series of about 20 pics. Since I can only send 3 files, I will focus on the first 5 pics taken. The first 2 (#49 & 50, not incl) were overexposed (approx 6 sec. exp). The next two, #51 & 52, are the shots of interest. Both shots are at 1 sec exposure (the Moon shot value is lame as I was warming up, but...). I also include #53 as it taken within the same minute as 51 & 52 but shows nothing but the Moon.

On shot (#51), (set for a 1 sec exposure w/2 sec delay) I noticed a red spot on my screed display of my "moon shot". As I didn't see it with my naked eye, I thought it was probably some "noise" so I refocused and took another shot (same settings)approx. 30 seconds later. This time I noticed 2 red dots (on the review screen) well below the area where I saw the first (in relation to the moon).

I was kinda curious but didn't want to miss the photo op for the moon sliver so continued my shoot.

About an hour later, I uploaded the pics to my pc and took a look. After some magnification, I know what I think I see. Curious as to what you come up with.

One of the suggestions here is to descibe how I feel during, after etc.;

I am an avid astronomer who sincerely believes in other intelligent life somewhere out yonder but also believe that if "they" are smart enough they can see us, We won't see them. Gotta stay open minded though.

I hope these pics have enough resoulution for you decipher something of value/interest and you have as much fun looking at them as I do.

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