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The astronomer and the alleged flying saucer photograph, 1963:

This article was published in the daily newspaper The Patriot-Ledger, Massachussets, USA, on July 30, 1963.

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.

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