UFOs or Drops of Water? Comments Invited!
UPDATE March 20, 2016 : I am leaving the post below unaltered in the interest of scientific honesty and transparency. I have now proven to my own satisfaction that THE OBJECTS IN THE PHOTOS CAPTURED ON NOVEMBER 4, 2015 WERE, UNFORTUNATELY, ONLY DROPS OF WATER. I assure the reader that I am as disappointed in this conclusion as anyone. What we see in the November 4, 2015 photos are NOT UFOs. One way communication with the Star Visitors has not been established.
Shown below is a photo captured by the east-facing Reconyx camera while I stood on the roof above the camera, dropping drops of water in front of the camera from a turkey baster. As we can clearly see, as the drops of water extruded from the turkey baster fell in front of the camera, these drops exhibited almost exactly the same flattened-oval conformation and pattern of light reflection that are seen in the (not) “UFO” photos captured on November 4, 2015.
My sincere apologies to all whose hopes were raised by my initial report that a good quality photo of a genuine UFO had been captured. I will continue to ask the Star Visitors to come to these cameras and allow a good quality photo of their craft to be obtained, but so far they have not been willing (or able?) to cooperate with this request. I cannot understand why, but apparently they have their reasons.
At noon on November 4, 2015 one of two Reconyx Hyperfire PC900 trail cameras aimed at the sky nearby the Jesse A. Marcel Library captured several very interesting but now controversial images. The East-facing camera, programmed to record a series of 20 rapid-fire images at approximately 1 second intervals when triggered, captured photos of several objects in 5 of the 20-photo-series. The original files of those 5 unaltered photos can be found in this zip file (click on the link below):
Due to the 2MB limitation in file size uploads imposed by WordPress, I cannot include all 20 photo files that were recorded in the sequence, but the photos in this zip file are the subset of images, taken from the original 20, in which unidentifiable aerial objects were recorded.
UFOs or Raindrops?
Several persons have suggested that the objects seen in these photos are falling drops of water – either rain drops or drops of water dripping from the eave of the house that overhangs these cameras. The reasons why the objects seen in the photos are NOT believed by this author to be falling drops of water are presented below:
1. Over the 2 year period that these cameras have been in constant operation they have captured nearly 280,000 images of a wide variety of objects – birds, flies, wasps, bees, jets, ice crystals, snow flakes, and even a squirrel’s tail. However, I have never seen objects of even remotely similar appearance in any other photos. Yet, it has certainly rained here many times while these cameras have been armed over this 2 year period, but no similar objects in photos have ever been captured.
2. The larger and more clearly seen object in photo M 5/20 is opaque and does not display the crystalline appearance we would expect to see in a drop of water. It’s surface appears to be smooth and uniform but, on its right end (facing the sun), it does not exhibit the glistening light reflection we would expect to see on a drop of water. The sun’s reflection we do see there is more dull in appearance.
3. Although a “trace” of precipitation was recorded by the Helena weather station on November 4, 2015, the appearance of the sky we see in these photos at the time these (time-stamped) photos were captured does not suggest that it was very likely to be raining at that moment.
4. There is a quite functional rain gutter that does not leak installed on the eave of the house that overhangs these cameras and that catches all water runoff from the roof at this location. Close inspection of the fascia board on the eave at this location reveals no evidence of water staining/streaking that would indicate a chronic drip of water in front of and falling from above the cameras.
5. These objects appear to be very symmetrical, elongated ovals in shape, and the underside of the larger object seen in photo M 5/20 is convex. If this is a falling drop of water in free-fall equilibrium its underside should be more flattened than the top surface of the object, but it is not. Both upper and lower surfaces of the object are almost perfectly symmetrical.
6. Due to water surface tension, small drops of falling water will retain an almost spherical shape. These objects are definitely NOT spherical in shape – they are flattened ovals that are quite symmetrical.
7. Fortuitously, NASA has studied the shapes of water drops in free-fall equilibrium and provides this diagram (below) that outlines the expected cross-sectional shapes of water drops from 1-6 mm in diameter (see http://pmm.nasa.gov/resources/students-and-educators/the-shape-of-a-raindrop) :
As clearly seen in the diagram above, drops of water in free-fall equilibrium do not assume the consistently flattened, symmetrical, and oval shapes that we uniformly observe in the more clearly seen objects captured in these photos.
8. Several slow-motion videos of falling drops of water can be found on the internet/YouTube. Watching these videos informs us that falling drops of water assume an almost infinite variety of shapes, shapes that are constantly changing as the drop of water falls. Yet in photo M 5/20, where we see the images of two objects simultaneously captured, both objects appear to have the same, nearly identical flattened oval shapes. What are the chances that these 2 objects, if they are falling raindrops, would be captured while assuming what appears to be precisely the same shape and properties of light reflection and refraction? The probability of such a chance occurrence is near zero – highly improbable.
9. The simultaneously-operating 2nd Reconyx camera (facing South) did not record any similar objects on November 4, 2015 at the time these photos were captured.
10. Lastly, I have requested on many occasions that our Star Visitors of good will allow and facilitate a photo of their craft to be captured by one or both of these cameras, a photo that would serve as proof-positive evidence of their existence and of their presence here with us (see http://cropcirclesresearchfoundation.org/another-invitation-to-the-star-visitors-a-k-a-extraterrestrials/). The images acquired in this series of photos are a precise execution of the aerial display I have been requesting, carried out with apparent intelligent and expert precision.
11. (Bonus) Enlarged prints of photo M 5/20, when closely examined, show dark blue, green, and magenta colors (differing wavelengths of light) entirely surrounding both objects. These colors are not seen anywhere else in the photo’s sky, clouds etc. and suggest that the 2 objects are affecting the atmosphere surrounding them – perhaps a heating effect. I do not think that rain drops would create this effect.
For all of the above reasons I cannot accept the explanation that the objects seen in these photos are drops of water. I believe that these objects are unidentifiable flying objects of either extraterrestrial (Star Visitor) or man-made origin. If these objects are of Star Visitor origin it is my sincere hope that they will return and allow all of us a second look.