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Witness says photos show UFO changing shape

A California witness at Grass Valley reported watching and photographing a sphere-shaped UFO that seemed to change shape during a seven-minute sighting, according to testimony in Case 76704 from the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) witness reporting database.

The object was first seen at 7:30 p.m. on May 28, 2016, when the witness stepped outside onto a back deck.

Cropped and enlarged version of Witness Image #1. (Credit: MUFON)

Cropped and enlarged version of Witness Image #1. (Credit: MUFON)

“Just by pure chance I looked up and noticed a tiny dot high in the sky,” the witness stated.“At first I thought it was a planet, but after observing I realized it was slowly moving from left to right (east to south) in a slight upward angle. It was moving much too fast to be a planet and much too slow to be a satellite.”

The witness called out to his roommate, asking for a camera.

“Once I was able to show him the anomaly, he was able to get five pictures. The object stopped moving from left to right and began moving straight up until it crossed a very high altitude transparent cloud. Once it was in the area of the cloud it slowly faded from sight. The entire event lasted about 7 minutes.”

Cropped and enlarged version of Witness Image #2. (Credit: MUFON)

Cropped and enlarged version of Witness Image #2. (Credit: MUFON)

The witness stated that he was aware that the ISS was to do a flyover in his area – but the scheduled event was not to take place until 9:35 p.m., two hours after the observed event.

“It was an hour before sunset, so the sun was low to the west. To the naked eye the object appeared spherical and brighter on the side of the sun. Occasionally the object would dim. At no time did it look self-luminous, nor did it twinkle. I would say that it looked reflective, then less reflective, then reflective again, but with no apparent pattern.”

Cropped and enlarged version of Witness Image #3. (Credit: MUFON)

Cropped and enlarged version of Witness Image #3. (Credit: MUFON)

The two attempted to analyze the images.

“My roommate downloaded the photographs to his laptop, opened them in an image viewer and zoomed in up to 800 percent. Of the five photographs, we had images of very different objects even though they were all the same object. One image appeared as a fuzzy sphere, one a metallic sphere,one very fuzzy but with two points of reflection, one oblong and orange with what looks like a silver sphere at the bottom and, lastly, one that looked like an orange gold bell with a number of reflective spheres at its base. No two images are alike, yet all are of the same object only moments apart.”

Cropped and enlarged version of Witness Image #4. (Credit: MUFON)

Cropped and enlarged version of Witness Image #4. (Credit: MUFON)

Other attempts at photo analysis were not successful.

“One final note, Beale Air Force Base is about 30 miles west of where I live.”

California MUFON Field Investigator Donna Rothenbaum is investigating.

Cropped and enlarged version of Witness Image #5. (Credit: MUFON)

Cropped and enlarged version of Witness Image #5. (Credit: MUFON)

Grass Valley is in Nevada County, California, population 12,860. Please remember that most UFO sightings can be explained as something natural or man-made. The above quotes were edited for clarity. Please report UFO activity to MUFON.com.

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Roger Marsh is a UFO writer and content developer. He is Director of Communications for the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) where he manages media contact, rights and permissions, and content development for television, film, documentary, radio, print and stage. Roger is a MUFON case researcher for History channel’s “Hangar 1: The UFO Files.” He is editor of the monthly international MUFON UFO Journal, executive producer of the weekly “MUFON UFO Traffic Report” radio show; serves as the MUFON webmaster; reporter for the daily “UFO Traffic Report” in web and audio formats; and publisher of the “MUFON Books” imprint. He is the author of Sacred Dialogue, editor of Silent Invasion, and co-editor of Ron Paul Speaks. Roger was featured in the 2015 season premiere episode of Destination America's "Monsters & Mysteries in America." Roger and his wife, Joyce, live in Scottdale, Pennsylvania, restoring a 1910 Pennsylvania four-square.

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    I saw the same sort of thing while in NC 3 years ago in March. I didn’t have a powereful enough lens on my camera to see if it changed shape, it moved slowly in just the ways you described it. After 20 minutes or so, of taking pics and watching with my friends wr speculated the same thing. It seemed to sparkle; changing colors, or spin as it hovered as if metal panels on its sides were reflecting light. It was after sunset looking east and there wasn’t that much light to be reflected. Nearby passing planes didn’t reflect light and left comtrails. This thing didn’t.

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