Friday, 29 February 2008

The Sun - Thames UFO & London Eye UFO Identified? (Feb 2008)

Back on the 29th December 2007 when the Sun published an image of a UFO which I believed (and still do) to be a seagull I mentioned that I believe any photograph that shows an object that wasn't visible at the time the photograph was taken should be subjected to a more (dare I say it) skeptical analysis for obvious reasons than an intentionally photographed UFO. At this point it's probably prudent to mention that I also feel that any photographs captured through a window of any kind should also be approached with added caution.

The Sun UK UFO - IFO Seagull
Original post here

The Sun recently ran another, “Exclusive” story (28th February 2008) of what is again (in my opinion) obviously not a UFO, and yet again the object wasn't visible at the time of capture.

The Sun also likes to quote, “UFO experts” that further advance their suppositions that the photographs they print actually depict an intelligently controlled alien spacecraft. Their latest offering stated that:



UFO experts have been left scratching their heads over the sighting..... Editor, cameraman and UFO researcher Chris Martin said: "I was looking for evidence that these have been fabricated…..I couldn't find any evidence. It's unprecedented because she produced three pictures, which seems to show it's flying…..My own evaluation is that these photographs are genuine and have not been digitally manipulated or hoaxed…..These photos are, in my opinion as a UFO researcher, absolutely astounding and show a real object seemingly under intelligent control.”



Flying Saucer - UK UFOI partly agree in that they haven't been, “Digitally manipulated or hoaxed” indeed it's very likely that the photographer was as puzzled by the anomaly as the head-scratching UFO expert was. I do however differ from the opinion that it's a real (as in physically in the sky) object and as for how any control can be ascertained from two still images, let alone control of an intelligent nature.....

I strongly suspect (and hope) that this is, “The Sun” up to their usual embellishments or quoting out of context, last time it was Nick Pope, perhaps Nick was consulted and chose not to comment this time. Or perhaps The Sun contacted several UFO researchers until one had something to say that they wanted to hear?

Anyway…..

Here's the article and images:



UFO snapped over Thames

A STUDENT was left shocked when she checked her tourist snaps of the London skyline - and spotted what looks like a flying saucer. University Of Exeter academic Karolina-Slavka Mueller was in London for the weekend, when she took some shots with her camera phone of the sights. But when she looked back at the January 19 night time pictures of Tower Bridge and the London Eye, she was shocked to see an apparent UFO.

And experts claim it is the real thing. Karolina said in an email: "What's very strange about this is the fact that we didn't actually see this object in the sky while I was taking the photos.

London Eye UFO
(Click on image for enlargement)

"I only discovered it once I loaded the photos onto my computer as I didn't even look at the photos until then." The images - taken around 3.50am - were taken eight minutes apart as Karolina and two pals drove through Central London . The apparent UFO is at an angle and appears to emit a mysterious blue light.

Karolina added: "None of us can come up with a reasonable answer to what this might have been…..One of my friends, the driver, has grown up in London and he can't find a reasonable answer…..He says he's never seen anything like it and that there definitely isn't any building in this area that could look like this."

Thames UFO
(Click on image for enlargement)

UFO experts have been left scratching their heads over the sighting.

Editor, cameraman and UFO researcher Chris Martin said: "I was looking for evidence that these have been fabricated…..I couldn't find any evidence. It's unprecedented because she produced three pictures, which seems to show it's flying…..My own evaluation is that these photographs are genuine and have not been digitally manipulated or hoaxed…..These photos are, in my opinion as a UFO researcher, absolutely astounding and show a real object seemingly under intelligent control.”

“This is a classic flying saucer-shaped UFO."

A Ministry of Defence spokesperson did not comment on the sighting, saying: "The MoD examines reports solely to establish whether UK airspace may have been compromised by hostile or unauthorised military activity. "Unless there is evidence of a potential threat, there is no attempt to identify the nature of each sighting reported."

Source: The Sun (UK)



The first thing is the position of the object in both images, the positioning of the object and its degree of tilt is identical (and the images were captured 8 minutes apart).

The Sun - London UFO

Identical parts of the outer ring are reflecting the same glare in exactly the same section.

London Eye UFO - Thames UFO

If you look closely there appears to be small barcode-like green lines, at the top right of the circle that follows the circumference, the markings of a rev-counter/speedometer/fuel gauge? And the yellow dot in the middle of the object is either the base of or holder for the pointer?

Thames UFO
(The images shown are for general comparison purposes
and are not intended to represent the actual dashboard dial)

Also the photographer changes the angle at which the two photographs are taken, the photograph of the London Eye she is definitely shooting to her right and the image of the Thames Bridge she is shooting straight ahead.

London Eye UFO - Thames UFO

Now notice how the object moves relative to the shift in angles, it's exactly how a reflection of the (drivers side) dashboard instruments would move, i.e. the shot taken with the camera pointing straight ahead then the reflection is over to the far right and when pointing to the right then the reflection in turn appears centred in the image

I'm sure that if the make of car could be determined then there will most certainly be a dial on the dashboard that (when car headlights are turned on) would correlate exactly with the position, shape and colours that are displayed in these images.

4 comments:

Laura Knight Jadczyk said...

Thanks for this analysis; I think you may have hit on the solution. I didn't think it looked like a ufo either but I couldn't think what it might be.

David said...

I've seen so many of these analysed as genuine and unknown, yet a simple 'schoolboy error' of taking a photo through a window has been totally missed by the experts and you spotted straight away.
I think you ought to contact The Sun if you haven't already, or Nick Pope (as they'll listen to him) as although we want as many possible ufo reports mentioned we don't need mistakes like this to muddy the waters.
Well done, you managed what a major newspaper were unable to spot.

Robert said...

Excellent analysis.

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Ian Ridpath said...

At the ASSAP Seriously Unidentified conference at Worcester on 2012 November 17, John Wickham of BUFORA presented these images as though they were real UFOs, without any hint that there might be a simple explanation like the one you have offered. (There were plenty of other cases in the same talk that he seemed unaware had also been explained.)
Wickham calls himself an "accredited UFO investigator". No wonder UFO research gets nowhere.