UFO Videotaped Near Sonora, California, 01-20-06

Good Day B J,

This sighting comes two days after a large object was captured on video and observed for 20 minutes with it finally exploding (or possibly imploding) and sending a shower of glowing debris back downward back to earth.

There were many people involved in analyzing and providing input for this captured object, I'd like to say a hearty "thank you" to all of them for attempting to help me solve my query as to what this object is, or what it might be.

I've include a Video, a Graphical Cameras POV (Point of View), multiple frames in various filter's, and a researchers concept sketch for you to look at.

DATE of Capture: Jan. 20th, (exactly 2 days and 25 minutes earlier of the exploding or imploding object taped).

TIME: 4:53pm (PST)

Location: Near Sonora, California

Object type: Unknown possibly Crescent/Triangle/Experimental (conjecture/guess)

Object Color: Luminous white, and occasionally a black top or dark side surface being visible

Size of Object: Comparative to a small to mid-size wingless corporate jet from my POV (guessing)

Distance to Object: 1.0-2.0 miles (guessing, as there was nothing to compare it against IE: clouds, trees, etc.)

Sound: Normal everyday type ambient noise, no sound was noticed emitting from the object

Speed: Variable, slow moving at perhaps 40-60 mph (or slower), then accelerating to 120-150 mph or faster (guessing)

Trajectory: Heading North-Northwest and at a drastic sideways/downward angle

Duration of Sighting: almost 2 minutes

Witnesses: One (myself)

POV: Almost directly overhead, slightly to the east of the cameraman

Weather: Clear skies, no wind

Other: No other air traffic visible

Analyzers: Myself (Johnny Anonymous), "Lawwalk" (Kaufman, Texas) and Darron Forehand (aka "Grounded", Lake O' The Pines,Texas ), Dr. Mark Olson DM, Sonora California (www.SonoraSightings.com).

All researchers are prominent "sky watchers" with a large amount of their own individual sightings and reports.

Others that are (now or once were) specialized in the photo and video medium were also consulted.

Analysis Summary: Indeterminate and currently still ongoing

Did I see a Plane?

This object was almost directly over head, you'd think there would be some kind of wing structure (if one did indeed exist). Slow moving at first (so slow a conventional craft would fall out of the sky), and increased in speed as it departed. Several other problems we had in examining this,, One was the focus.. I've been shooting with cameras all my life, I've always been a "manual-focus" kind of guy (hate anything auto-focus). Regardless of what I did to compensate, I could not get any detail and proper focus on this object, and this craft was 2 to 3 times closer than what I normally photograph or tape with good focus/detail and was shot with no digital zoom, this was a "optical" capture. Regardless of what I did with on-board filters, exposure, speed, preset modes, I could not get this thing to focus in better. Lenses were all clean as that is a habit of mine to do even if I don't shoot anything. Whether it was a distortion field, holography, or yes,,,, even cameraman's error, I could not get this object to sharpen or focus for me.

This for me being a longtime photographer and onetime broadcast videographer is proving extremely frustrating to handle...

An analyzer commented on the rounded smooth edges which gives strength to the Saucer or Crescent shape theory.

One Researcher suggested that it looked like a curved upward "Bicycle Handlebar" shape. Another pointed out that the right angle "wall" sides appeared flat which is consistent with a triangle. I myself thought that it might resemble something perhaps like a flying "Horseshoe" at an extremely dipped angle with the center filled in with a black "whatever". Perhaps its a experimental or black ops craft, maybe it's just an airplane. The conjecture runs amok!

Another problem we had on this was the angle. When I first saw this, I thought I was seeing a cigar or cylindrical shaped object by the naked eye. But under & thru the cameras lens it is something else. If this were a plane, how could it maintain such a sharp angle of assumed descent maintaining this angle without actually descending?

It's position and angle almost suggest that it was going to begin a trajectory turn and was beginning a steep bank. There are these black area/sections that are on the top and/or side and at times around the edges. I know enough about pixelization and artifacts and anomalies created between light and dark, and also what a digital camera can create, but this appears to be something else as the white balance and gamma are consistent thru-out the taped capture.

Did I just catch a plane in a weird form of sun/light bandwidth distorting the view? Quite possible, as a researcher I have to give the same scale of probability to every conceivable possibility. But why would it remain still in a distorted and non-changing angle mode many miles later after the reflecting POV and aerial location had changed?

Were perplexed as this one does not fall into a normal classification. So while one of us thinks it's a crescent, another thinks it's a triangle, yet another thinks it's a saucer, and I think it falls somewhere as a experimental man-made craft. Anyway, we submit this curiosity for everyone to make their own conclusions because we simply can't at this time.

My thanks to everyone that participated in trying to identify this object, and a special thanks to Darron Forehand for his graphical concept representation of this object and multiple filtered frames.


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Johnny Anonymous

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