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Occurred : 3/31/2004 14:31 (Entered as : 03/31/2004 14:31)
Reported: 4/3/2004 12:26:08 PM 12:26
Posted: 4/9/2004
Location: San Rafael, CA
Shape: Unknown
Duration:5-10 min
Taking shots of contrails, I later noticed unkown objects in 3 of the pictures

I was taking pictures of a plane making a contrail. It caught my eye because it was such a "frothy" plume coming out the back of the plane.

I took a shot and put the camera down. As I did so, I noticed the "contrail-shadow" effect I have wanted to get a picture of for a long time. I grabbed my camera and took another shot, when the black line was dark. The line lasted about 30 seconds, then began to fade. I took another shot to show it fading, then put the camera down.

I went about my business for the next ten or so minutes, and then decided to takes a shot, showing the contrail beginning to "fan" out, spreading into the sky.

That evening, after I downloaded these images to a computer, I noticed an "foreign" object in at least three of my pictures. The first shows it as more luminous than the surrounding sky. The second shot, the one of the "black-line", shown the object has moved, is much lower in altitude, and has turned black also.

The third shot, the one of the fanning contrail taken several minutes later, shown something "in" the trail itself.

My camera is a Sony Cybershot, digital camera. I had zoomed in to the full 3.2x before taking all four of my pictures. Each picture, if left as is, weighs in at just under, to just over, 1 Meg.

((NUFORC Note: Witness elects to remain totally anonymous. PD))