|Unknown Object Photographed over Brownsville, California|
Observers: wife and self.
Brownsville, California, 95919.
Duration: 25 minutes.
We were walking along our ridge (el.2800ft) west of Brownsville, looking Southeast over Brownsville Valley. We were mildly arrested by a motionless, rectangular, black spot in the sky over the valley, and expected it presently to declare itself as a helicopter, but it remained unidentifiable and motionless long enough that I became curious and set my Canon S5 digital camera on a rock to use as a telescope. It has 48x magnification that can resolve the moons of Jupiter.
My immediate reaction was: "No way is that a helicopter!"
Then it began drifting westward, decreasing altitude. I started snapping photos. Its motion was smooth like a balloon, no irregularities. I finally concluded that it almost had to be some wacky balloon, but there seemed not enough volume to support any weight. And it was bright reflective metallic, not matte surface.
It looked heavy, compact, and structurally very complicated.
The object went between two superimposed ridges on the skyline, precisely where a forest fire had been receiving tanker drops 4 days earlier. We at first, thought it might be some government recon vehicle doing a followup of that, but it was unnecessarily radical for such work, and we've never seen anything remotely like this in the past.
Distance to object was about 2-3 miles. No sound, and the environment here is nearly silent.
We realized later that the object, if it continued drifting westward following behind that ridge, would pass by the villages of Rackerby amd Bangor. Palermo is also in that direction. Beale AFB is 15miles to the south.
Photos available. The object has turned slightly between photos so that stereo resolution is obviously possible, though we I haven't tried it yet.
D & R
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MUFON Submitter 12368
Unknown Object Photographed over Brownsville, California
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