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Candidate UFO pictures:

Picture taken in Whittlesea, Australia, January 15, 2004:

The Municipal Council of the town of Whittlesea in Australia has published on their web site the following release, asking for help in identifying an object on a photograph. The release is on the city's web site at:

http://www.whittlesea.vic.gov.au/content/content.asp?cnid=1545#

The official release:

Council refers photograph to government agencies

An employee of this major municipality during his routine work as a traffic engineer took a photograph of a level railway crossing at Beveridge north of Melbourne using a digital camera.

When it was downloaded from the camera on to a computer an object appeared in the sky on photograph.

(you can download a full size image from the RELATED DOWNLOADS box to the right) [Webmaster note: this would allow you to download for yourself the picture shown underneath.]

This Council has no opinion about the object.

We just do not know what the object could be and would welcome any explanation.

This Council believes it has an obligation to pass the image on to the relevant authorities for their consideration and investigation.

The image has been referred by Council to the Chief Defence Scientist, Defence Science & Technology Organisation, and the Civil Aviation Authority.

Council is considering referring it to NASA and other authorities.

Jim Linton, Communications Officer.
email: info@whittlesea.vic.gov.au

The picture:

My personal comment:

It is unfortunate that it is a digital picture; it prevents interesting microphotometric analysis. It seems that the photographer did not notice the object when taking the image. It seems to me that it is possible that the object is a small insect or a bird passing by, which went unnoticed to the photographer. However the object may also have been a fast moving metallic object passing by. The object seems to have some "classic metallic saucer" look. But it may be a bird, the two whitish parts being the flapping wings and the rear part being its tail. Without more data, that is all I can say.

I receive images of this type almost each week. Very generally, the photographer and possible other people around did not see anything at the time the picture was taken.

My comment should not deter anyone to ask for opinions on any puzzling image.

Latest news: the city personal has indicated that the photographer has indeed not noticed anything when he took the picture.

Interpolated enhancement:

The real data:

See here for other examples in the "BURFO" category.

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