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Australian witness videotapes triangle UFO

An Australian witness near Melbourne reported watching and videotaping a triangle-shaped UFO with circular, colored lights, according to testimony in Case 58119 from the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) witness reporting database.

The witness stepped outside for a cigarette at 8:20 p.m. on July 15, 2014, when a craft of unknown origin was seen.

“It was emitting lots of different colors and was hovering in one spot,” the witness stated.“The thing that made me notice it is that I’ve never seen such displays of color and hovering/movements of this object in other airborne craft such as planes and helicopters.”

Cropped and enlarged still frame #1 from the witness video. (Credit: MUFON)

Cropped and enlarged still frame #1 from the witness video. (Credit: MUFON)

The witness watched the object for more than an hour.

“I observed it for a long time. It would hover in one spot blinking different color light patterns, and then it would move straight down, sometimes sideways in a rapid motion, or slowly at other times.”

The witness decided to try and photograph the object.

Cropped and enlarged still frame #1, enhanced version, from the witness video. (Credit: MUFON)

Cropped and enlarged still frame #1, enhanced version, from the witness video. (Credit: MUFON)

“I kept trying to take photos of it on my iPhone which wasn’t giving me very good results. I went inside the house to get my partner to come outside to show her this object. She got her Nikon camera with a zoom lens, and did her best to get the camera to focus on this object, which was proving difficult. She managed to take a few photos that came out really well which showed a triangular-shaped object with lights along the edge. It was not possible to judge the shape of the craft with the naked eye. I also tried to take video footage on my iPhone. It was difficult to hold the phone perfectly still, and I ended up resting my arm on a table in order to hold the phone as still as possible. I also tried to include the clothes line as a reference point and to be able to judge the objects movements.”

Cropped and enlarged still frame #2 from the witness video. (Credit: MUFON)

Cropped and enlarged still frame #2 from the witness video. (Credit: MUFON)

The object then began to move away.

“After observing it for some 80 minutes, the object slowly moved lower and lower and away from my vantage point until I could no longer see it over the trees. It was difficult for me to tell whether it landed somewhere or just disappeared over the horizon. During the sighting I was puzzled and kept trying to imagine what it could possibly be, as I had never seen anything resembling what I observed.”

Justin Busuttil investigated for MUFON International and closed this case as an Unknown.

“The witness has provided numerous photographs and video footage of a triangle-shaped object illuminated by colored, circular lights which changed color over Glen Huntly, Victoria,” Busuttil stated in his report.“The witness was in his backyard at the time of the event so he could smoke a cigarette. The object was also witnessed by the witness’s partner who took a number of the photographs provided.”

Cropped and enlarged still frame #2, enhanced version, from the witness video. (Credit: MUFON)

Cropped and enlarged still frame #2, enhanced version, from the witness video. (Credit: MUFON)

The MUFON report included photo analysis.

“Analysis of the photographs provided shows the object as being triangular in shape and illuminated by a number of circular lights that change colors (red/green/blue). The object does not resemble any known commercial aircraft or any conventional military aircraft. Investigation has identified another report made to the Victorian UFO Action (VufoN) where a sighting was reported by an independent witness whose description and photographs provided which support the account. The object appears to be solid, it appears to be moving and not stationary, and has not been able to be identified. There is no evidence or indication the witness has falsified his account of the event or the photographs provided.”

Editor’s note: The still images are closeups of the object being recorded by hand, so they most likely do not accurately reflect the shape of the object. The witness admits it was hard to hold the phone still. Shaking can be seen in the video. That would mean that the images, which are stills from the video, are distorted from motion blur. This sort of blur could make a single light, or a couple of lights, look like a group of lights. You can see this effect yourself by trying to make a video with your phone of a point of light while holding your phone with your hand. Then zoom in on a still of the object in your video.

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5 comments

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    Alejandro you are right iI believe for the most part although I think that these lights ARE separate and distinct sources. They show up in early the exact same pattern as blue green and red… I cant attach my processed images to this comment but I will put them on the Open Minds FB site.

    I believe this is ACTUALLY an IFO and NOT a drone as one might think in this case. It was in the air too long for the family of conventional battery operated drones out there but I DO believe that this was a Delta Wing Kite outfitted withRGB LED lights.Of course I dont know for sure but consider the evidence which I will present.

    Processing the photo stills shows a telltale tail protrusion which is characterized by a slightly pointed tail extending rearward. This is characteristic of the delta wing kite style. It was found over the years that this little protrusion eliminates the need for a long kite tail seen on traditional kites. This pointed short tail can be seen on the processed photos to the left of of the lights and illuminated very faintly.

    A prominent dark (unlit) region can be seen in the center of the object . Based on the geometry of such kites the central area showing as a dark area is I believe what what one might expect as the wings are sloped slightly upward and away from the center of the kite with that central area protrudes downward slightly. LEDs are highly directional so a slight angle of the wings away from the center line of the kite could possibly cause the LEDs to be too far off angle to illuminated the central part of the kite.

    The hang time in the air according to the witness and its very slow if any speed of travel is also indicative of an object that might be constrained by a string. In one photo I could detect a straight feature that was dark, which could be the string but it could also be an artifact so I am not using that as a piece of evidence because its not easily shown. The motion described by the witness matches that of a kite as well.

    So in my assessment I *think* we are actually seeing a lit kite! I know I could be wrong but… consider the evidence.

    -Marc Dantonio

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    Oh one additional comment is that the photos were taken at a 1/60 exposure and not with the iPhone. They were taken with a Nikon D7000 camera which is far better than the iphone. The witness said in the article that his girlfriend came out and took pictures and the EXIF data on the still images confirms that…

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    i was unsure what it was at first then the stills at the end of the video are amazing.
    They seems to be more + more sightings are we in for disclosure………….. I hope so.
    But great video.

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    Thank you, Marc! You can read more about the discussion regarding this sighting and see some examples of kites with LED lights on the FB Open Minds UFO News Group page for this story at this link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/openmindsufonews/permalink/248456582173127/

    It is closed to keep trollers out, but feel free to ask to join and we will be more than happy to welcome you to the group!

  5. avatar

    Clearly swamp gas! 😉

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