UFO Photo Baffles Astronomer at B.U.
BOSTON. -- The mysterious pattern of moving lights
photographed by Patriot Ledger Staff reporter Richard
Pothier from the backyard of his Wollinston home
on the 26 apparently was not caused by a "flying saucer"
or similar body, a noted Boston astronomer said.
Difficult to Explain
The astronomer, Dr. Gerald S. Hawkins, director of
the Boston University Obsersvatory, said, "I would
hesitate to say the photograph does show a flying saucer,
although I admit it is very difficult to explain the photograph."
Mr. Hawkins listed three reasons behind his theory.
They are "if there were a solid object in the picture
were obscured." The sky it would obscure some
star trails. None of the trails [sic]
There are several areas on the film where no light has fallen.
This is probably obscuration of some sort and it is very
unlikely that the glow from a flying saucer would be shining
through some sort of a grid.
"And, the complicated pattern, similar to those found
in multiple reflections, does not agree at all with
the eyewitness description of the flying saucers."
However, Dr. Hawkins said he could not
satisfactorily explain the image on the photograph.