Strange UFO Air Traffic Contrail

Was a strange UFO really photographed hovering in the middle of a contrail over Denmark, Odense, December 19th 2009 and photographed again 14 minutes later, then with a blue sky as background? It concerns two relatively small objects on two seperate photos taken with 14 minutes interval. It was shot with a Sony DSLR A100 camera with a Sony standard 3.5-5.6/18-70 lens attached. The pictures is in maximum resolution of 3872x2592 pixels (10M), which is pretty much and means that even very small objects invisible to the naked eye, can become very obvious when seen in the picture in it´s original size on the computer. 10 megapixels (10M) was standard a few years ago, now it´s up to 12 mega pixels when you buy a standard DSLR reflex camera and it can then only become more enjoyable to be nerdy photographer like me, as small immediate insignificant objects in the sky becomes clear enough to be taken serious. The photographs here of a condensation trail (contrail) from an airplane I had been watching for a while, were taken out of my window in my hometown Odense in a south-westerly direction. I saw no objects while I took the pictures until I checked them later and discovered two small unidentified flying objects (UFOs).

The photo above (DSC05504.jpg) was the first shot at 13.08.10pm but there is no object to see. Then 18 seconds later at 13.08.28pm, I shot picture number two below (DSC05505.jpg) and here, suddenly a small object appears in the middle of the condensation trail...

Below 400% zoom...

Below 1600% zoom treated with Auto Contrast in Photoshop...

Below 1600% zoom treated with Auto Contrast in Photoshop and in greyscale...

Below 1600% zoom treated with Auto Levels in Photoshop...

On the first picture at the top of the page the object appears egg-shaped, as an upright egg, but at the last pictures right above, it seems to be more round with some kind of flare that goes around it vertical?

Besides the theory of the materializing of a cloud, another option could be that it is a temporary reflection from a plane? As you can see below, I caught a plane on photo in a previous occasion and it made two reflections, as in the photograph appears as two luminous orbs. But you can not immediately see any direct connection between the images of the UFO above and the plane below. If the UFO is a plane, then the plane probably was immortalized in the photograph sideways while the image below is taken directly up into the bottom of the plane, and therefore you can not compare the two images 100%. But the light output, the glow is almost the same. There is also the difference between the two pictures, that on the one below, you can clearly see patches of a plane, while on the other one above, it has no visible signs of a plane.

The picture above to the left is in normal condition and the one to the right is treated with Auto Levels in Photoshop, to clarify the two "balls of light" that the arrows points to on the fuselage. These "balls of light" is sunlight reflected and the photo looks a little strange.

Second picture with second UFO (object B)

I shot a photo more (see below) 14 minutes later at 13:22:38pm (DSC05506.jpg), but then the object is not to see where it was before and the condensation trail has moved further to the left. You can see the roof in the top of the picture is snowy and there are two visible objects which resemble snowflakes that have torn loose and floating around.

There is one more object (Object B. see below), that pops up when you zoom in a little, which I think has a complete different profile than just snow. It seem as though it is much farther away than the snow in the picture. It is very small and indistinct, but I find it somewhat subtle that it resembles an upright object, that appears much more symmetrical and structured, when compared to the snowflakes in the next pictures below...

Object A & B comparison

It should be added, that on the picture below left, we see an unidentified flying object (object A), which is probably obscured by the condensation trail. Had the condensation trail not been there, the object had probably been more clear and sharp. The picture below right (object B) are taken with a blue sky as background without any clouds. I suspect object A and B is the same object.

Object B

The drawing below to the right is my perception of how the UFO (object B) looks like on the above right and below left pictures. Whether it is pixelation in the picture that cheats me I will not say, but to me it seems that the shape of the object is quite clear. I will describe the object as a spinning top at the bottom and at the top another spinning top that is turned upside down. The space between bottom and top resembles a vertical tube from where a flash of light is comming, mostly concentrated on the right side of the object.

I find this UFO quite weird, because as you can see in the pictures, the object has a flash of light on the right side and is dark on the left side, but the sun is shining from the left side...

Basic observation data

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Cigar-shaped UFO

A cigar-shaped UFO was photographed while taking photos of a sun halo over Denmark back in October 9th 2009, on a day the sky was covered in a thin veil of high altitude cirrus clouds, cluttered with remnants of condensation trails from aircrafts. Around 1.30 pm I looked out my window in a westerly direction, looked up to the left and saw a halo around the sun. Since it was first time I had the opportunity to photograph a sun halo with my new bought camera, I hurried down to our back yard, put the camera on tripod and took 8 pictures with short intervals. On one of the photos, a cylindric tube-shaped object appears. I have seen this type of cigar-shaped object before in videos and photos taken by others and know they are there, but I never dreamed about to be so lucky, to photograph a sun halo adorned with a cigar-shaped UFO.

As you can see above, I got an airliner and its condensation trail on the same image as the cigar-shaped object. I had discovered the plane and zoomed in to take pictures of it, but I saw no UFO at that time. Let me add, that I was quickly blinded by the sun and my photosession was quickly settled. A faintly luminous object, that easily could fell in with the background, had in any case been difficult to discern. It was only later when I looked through all the images that I discovered the unidentified flying object, which only appeared on one of the images.

I used the Auto Levels (Auto Tone) feature, and manually adjusted brightness and contrast in Photoshop, to clarify the object optimally, and I got the results you can see above and below (in greyscale). On both pictures, you can see a faint dark stripe that forms a tail after the object, and has almost the same angle as the object itself, but with a slight difference. I wonder if this is just a dark pattern in the cloud behind or if it´s a type of exhaust from the mysterious object, perhaps a kind of engine-related interaction with the space around the object?

These dark streaks or bursts have been observed before. Among other Leo Nygaard from Munkebo on Fyn, Denmark, observed and videofilmed back in september 15th 1996, an object that had such dark bursts. In this video (watch from 0:22), Mr. Nygaard tells about his observation and reports, that some "streaks" came out from the object. You can actually see these streaks in the video. Are these the same type you can see in my photo? Mr. Nygaards observation has until this day never been solved.

On the picture above, the object appears more cylindrical than cigar-shaped, with distinct curves at each end. The rise in the middle seems to be a kind of flash of light. One can almost sense the cylindrical shape continued below the patchy discharge as pixelation of the picture indicates. For me it seem to be a real physical object in 3D.

Is it a Lens Flare?

A lens flare is typically created by the emergence of internal reflections in the lens of a camera, because artificial light, sunlight for example, unwanted hits the surface of the lens. A good example of lens flare can be seen in the image to the right, where unwanted light scatters in over the image. By photographing the solar halo, all photos was shot with camera on tripod and I turned the camera slightly up to the right to zoom in on the airplane, so the angle of the light source has been changed a bit. My experience with Lens Flare is, that had there been one, it would probably have appeared on more of the pictures. When you see a lens flare through your


viewfinder, try to slightly change the angle. You will then see the flare does not disappear immediately, but slowly. It simply stays visible over a range of x degrees / x arcminutes, depending on how the light interacts with the optics. Another lens flare you can see below, at first glance, it looks much like the same as the cigar UFO from October 9, 2009.

But I get another result using Auto Levels, brightness and contrast in Photoshop, and it reveals it self below. It´s transparent and you can see the contrail through the yellowish flare.

And grayscale...

Below you have all 8 photos as thumbnails with hours, minutes and seconds in the same order they were taken that day - click them to study the original Hi-Res UFO photos.

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Image 5. (w/UFO)

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Image 8.

On picture no. 4. (13:37:04pm) I had zoomed max onto the plane. Then I zoomed out a little and took picture no 5. (13:37:12pm), which apparently caught a cigar-shaped UFO. Then 8 seconds later, I zoomed max out and corrected the camera to take picture no. 6 (13:37:20pm) of the solar halo in its full glory, and now the object has disappeared...

Basic observation data

Other cigar-shaped or cylindrical UFOs

These cylindrical or cigar-shaped UFOs has been photographed and filmed before. If you Google “cigar-shaped UFO” and click on the Images-tab in the top left of your browser, a lot of pictures shows up. Not all of them are real UFOs but identified as known terrestrial flying objects. Only a few of them indicates, that they can be non-terrestrial crafts apparently unknown to us.

Let me point out some of them here for you and please see the related links below this text for further study. Remember the old footage from Rhode Island 1967, that shows a tube-shaped object hover unstable in an oblique angle? There is the footage from the cockpit of a Russian MIG fighter jet, apparently chasing a cylindrical-shaped UFO as seen accelerating out of sight. There is the observation from Salida, Colorado 27th August 1995, where Tim Edwards and his daughter discovers an elongated luminous object in the sky, then filming and observing it for one hour. There is also Jeff Willes cylindrical UFO filmed over Phoenix USA back in 2005, and that one looks very identical to the craft seen in a fresh new video from October 18, 2011, where about 60 students and four teachers from a school in the city of Chimbote, Peru, saw a cylindrical UFO flying through the clouds and the witnesses rushed to record the phenomenon. See all related videos below...

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Large Black UFO Sphere

Large black stationary UFO sphere photographed resting on a cloud in the sunset over Denmarks third biggest city, Odense, September 13, 2009 7.36 pm local time. I was on my way home on a bicycle trip from a visit with my mom and had my new Sony Alpha 100 reflex camera with me, not to take UFO pictures, but merely to photograph and learn to use my new camera. I stopped on my bicycle near Niels Bohrs avenue between grocery store Bilka and South-Danish University and took several pictures of a beautiful sunset, but without discovering a gray-black spherical object that apparently "rested" on a cloud in the horizon.
In the original but scaled down picture below, you can barely see a dark spot in the cloud where the arrow points to. It was about the same in the field, close to the sight I had, and the object or phenomenon would have been difficult to discover anyway. But while I took pictures, I did saw something that was reminiscent of a tube-shaped object, but I found out it was just a cloud which quickly went out of shape and I continued taking photos.
A few days later when I looked the images through (a total of 14 photos of the sunset), I managed to delete 10 of them because of poor photo quality, and at that time my trash can on my desktop was set to delete immediately. Right after that I noticed this thing on the cloud, which for me definitely looks like a spherical object, a ball, that is stationary. Too bad the 10 photographs were lost, because they could have shed further light on what kind of phenomenon I photographed. But fortunately I kept the four best images in high resolution (3872x2592 pixels), so everyone can see with their own eyes and judge for them self, whether it is a local thickening in meteorological sense, or an unidentified flying object, a UFO. The object in the photos is not 100% in focus, because I didn´t focus on that particular object, but the red and orange colored clouds right above it, as you can see in above picture. So I made an attempt to make the object as clear as possible and experimented myself forward to the outcome you can see below, by adjusting brightness / contrast and using the Auto Levels (Auto tone) in Photoshop.

UFO Cloud Animation

UFO cloud animation based on 4 images
I would also like to see how the UFO behaved from the time when I shot the first picture to the time I shot the last and fourth picture (the 4 best photos were taken in a series with few seconds between), and made an animation in Photoshop, by to put the 4 images (here below in grayscale) on top of each other in the same frame and then fix the object in the same position on all 4 images. In the animation below, the images are played back by 0.8 sec. intervals and the animation below shows clearly a spherical object located in a stationary position, while the surrounding clouds passing the object both behind and ahead from left to right.
Note that the four images were not taken with exactly the same angle. I had the camera in hand and not on tripod, and changed the angle a bit while I took the pictures. Dust on the lens as theory is therefore not relevant, as it would have revealed itself as the object would have moved around with the frame as a second layer upon the image, instead of sitting still in the same place on the cloud stripe. There is also a reflection of light from the sun that hits the object on the top, which probably is not exactly the effect you would expect with a speck of dust on the lens, and certainly not if it was on the CCD.
The object is located about 5 degrees above horizon, but I am not sure if that is the real number. I do not know the distance to the cloud stripe which the object is sitting on. I guess it is at least 2-3 km away from my position, maybe much more. I use a standard lens (3.5-5.6/18-70) and the focal length on all four photos was 70,00(mm). If you study the pictures above, which is the non-cropped full-size originals, it might give you an idea of the distance to the object (or phenomenon).

Basic observation data

This observation was reported to MUFON (Mutual UFO Network) and SUFOI (Scandinavian UFO Information), and in connection with reporting to SUFOI were 2 of a total of 4 images evaluated by John Cappelen on DMI (Danish meteorological Institute). Below is an extract of SUFOI's UFO-mail No. 112 back in 2009.

Local meteorological phenomenon says DMI

SUFOI's Photo Department turned naturally to the Danish Meteorological Institute, DMI, who are experts in this type of phenomena in the sky.
Senior Climatological John Cappelen subsequent replies:
The pictures does not tell me much beyond the purely meteorological. One can always find weird stuff on skypictures - then by analyzing them ... and things that are seen also depends on the eye of the beholder.

In meteorological terms, clouds in the picture was attached to a front that separated cool air with rain over southeast Denmark from warmer air to the northwest. There was no altocumulus or altostratus, some places with a little structure and localized in two layers. With a little effort you can also see a single short fall stripe.

The dark stain that has not changed between the two images, is in my opinion due to a local thickening, eventually the shadow by a cloud behind.

End of quote ~ John Cappelen, DMI

SUFOI concludes:
So there is after DMI's expert opinion no doubt, that the dark pattern is a local meteorological phenomenon that only in this case has come to look very strange in the photographs.

End of quote ~ SUFOI

My note regarding John Cappelen and SUFOI

I am glad that climatologist John Cappelen from DMI has seen some of the pictures. From what I understand from his statement, he concludes nothing but just feel that it may be a local thickening, perhaps the shadow of a cloud behind. My own personal experience with photography in general, in light of the over 4800 images I have taken so far of clouds and cloud formations, tells me, that John Cappelen's presumption may well be correct. But you should also just remember, that his opinion is an opinion, and not a solid scientific conclusion on anything, but merely a presumption and the door is therefore still open to more possible explanations. So I am not satisfied with SUFOI then they, on John's Cappelen´s behalf, draws the conclusion, that there is no doubt, that it is merely a local meteorological phenomenon..!

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