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UFO. United States

ID #1698922334
Added Thu, 02/11/2023
Author July N.

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Нью-Йорк, NY
United States

Did a friend accidentally get a photo of a UFO?

The following statement was provided by u/InventedInternet :

She was taking pictures in downtown New York, and I noticed something in the background. The image was taken on an iPhone, so I can also post a two-second video if it helps determine what it could have been. In the video, he moves very fast and it is difficult to understand what is happening.

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Did my gf randomly get a UFO photo?

It was an iPhone pic so it has short video along with it too I can post

The following submission statement was provided by u/InventedInternet:

She was taking a photo in downtown New York City and I noticed something in the background. The image was taken on the iPhone so there is a 2 second video as well I can post if it helps identify what that may have been. In the video it moves very fast and is kind of hard to tell what is happening


List of versions containing features matching the eyewitness descriptions or material evidence

Objects in motion, captured on a long exposure

Most often this artifact is called skayfish if the lens gets a passing bird or insect. It is based on the discrepancy between the speed of the video and the frequency of the flapping of insect wings. Essentially, each video drops a few strokes of the wings of an insect, which when viewed looks like "arrow", provided with long protuberances. The motion of the insect by its translucent body seems to "boom" and vibration of the wings give the appearance of bumps.


Due to the peculiarities of the bird's flight, it is possible to capture a moment in the photo when an ordinary bird will resemble a "classic" UFO in shape.


Versions testing, their confirmation or refutation. Additional information, notes during the study of materials

In the video, the object appears for a fraction of a second. Most likely, this is a bird flying in the frame.


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