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UFO Photographed near Mission, BC

A sighting by John McConnell and photographed by Stenia Jones

August 24, 2001

Stenia's Description:

I met John a few years ago and once in a while we would bump into each other. He would tell me about this area (near Mission) and that it was called the twilight zone. Any ways, he used to tell me the things that he saw and I was skeptical because I have never seen anything before. But now that has changed with what I have seen and heard. I've been living here for over a year now renting a room.

On Aug 24, 2001 John was up and about. That was around 1:15 am and for some reason he just happened to look out the window that night and he spotted this object in the sky. He then came into my room and woke me up and he asked me to take a look at this. I have never seen anything like this before and the object was clear to the naked eye, that's how bright it was.

He asked me to take a picture of it. I stood there arguing with him that it won't work, there was no light. The distance was also the other reason for arguing. I was sure that the camera couldn't see it because it was pitch black and there is no flash for it, but I took a few pictures of it anyway.

John and I were watching this object go up and down, left and right, sometimes fast and other times slow, then it would just stay in that spot for a few minutes. Then the object would move again at a great distance.

I didn't stay up for long as it was cold and also I was tired and had other things on my mind. I didn't really believe what I was seeing and I was sure that the object wouldn't show up on the film. I was told that the object was there till about 3:00 am and then just vanished in the blink of an eye.

I know that these things exist but until you see one for yourself, people will think that you are crazy or on drugs or what ever may be.

A few days later I went and got the film developed. When I got the pictures back I was quite astonished to see that my camera did get the object as I thought it wouldn't.

About a week ago John and I came across a picture nearly identical to mine and that was taken in Chilliwack BC in 1997 and seeing that, I was totally floored to see a image on the internet of a similar if not the same UFO.

Analysis by Martin Jasek and Gord Heath, Scans by Dwight Atkinson

The witness lent the negatives to UFO*BC who had two images scanned at 2700 dpi (dots per inch). The images were brightened to bring out details in the shadows as well as darkened to bring out details in the highlights as shown below.

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Frame 6 - original scan
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Frame 7 - original scan
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Frame 6 - brightness increased
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Frame 7 - brightness increased
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Frame 6 - darkened
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Frame 7 - darkened

The following conclusions can be drawn:

  • It is apparent that motion of the object or camera occurred during both exposures as there is a difference in the shape of the light between Frame 6 and 7.
  • The original and brightened scans indicate a reflection of a solid object to the left of the light.
  • The exact shape of this solid object could not be determined as it is also blurred by its motion.
  • The top of the light in the darkened Frame 7 shows two bright spots indicating that the light source was made up of multiple light sources.
  • There is insufficient detail in the images to determine what the light source or object could be.

A further analysis was performed by looking closer at the darkened Frame 7 below:

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The above image shows that there could have been multiple flashing lights. A possible shape of the light sources is also shown although inconclusive; the object may have had one larger light with two flashing ones near the top.