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the photo of lights I remember was sure not that full-frontal of the capitol building,,, the published lights photograph had the more than a dozen discs-of-lights almost directly overhead (in the night sky) and the oblique angle profile of the Capitol taking up most of the left hand side of the photo (from a cameraman laying on his back on the street surface)
Other notable stuff, the blips vanished on the three radar screens at the same time.
Two jets were scrambled but found nothing, although after they left being low on fuel, the blips returned.
You might as well claim these lights were caused by swamp gas! Lens flares wouldn't have been picked up on radar by the Washington National Airport.
I make that 10. I may have missed a few. But there really weren't a lot of witnesses.
The events happened late at night/early morning and so there very few civilian witnesses.
While some lenses may be more prone to lens flare than others, this type of pattern is textbook lens flare, with reflection of the lights about the optical center. It's a fairly unique pattern of lights so the odds of things in the sky flying in a formation exactly matching the reflected light pattern is already astronomical before confirming the geometry described below by Caelestia and ipaco.fr which just nails it further. I doubt seriously that you can name any type of lens that would render this explanation invalid but if you think you can, please elaborate, this should be good.
originally posted by: lovebeck
I am not saying it's a UFO or aliens, etc...I am just saying that without the rest of the data ESPECIALLY the info about the camera, the film and most importantly THE ACTUAL LENS that took the photograph, this is in no way debunked. Period.
Lens flares can make very convincing UFOs. Fortunately, they are easy to identify as both the light source and its reflected image are usually located on a line that crosses the centre of the photograph and at equal distances from that centre (how lens flares can be identified is illustrated in some of our case examples).
originally posted by: elevenaugust
originally posted by: CIAGypsy
But until I see detailed explanation to explain HOW it happened, then it's just a hypothesis...no matter who offers it up. At least that's how I roll....
Here you go:
Extracted from "analysis methodology" here
If we apply this to your photo, it's evident that this is a lens flare with picture’s optical center matches its geometrical center:
originally posted by: elevenaugust
reply to post by againuntodust
Yes, it's a lens flare.
One simple way to detect such flare anomalies is to draw two diagonal lines to determine the center of the photo, the flare is generally located at the opposite side of its source, through the central point, also called point reflection (or inversion through a point, or central inversion).
That might work for those with limited knowledge when it comes to FILM cameras, photography, light and the way lens flares are produced. However, I actually have the knowledge base and drawing lines from each light to the ones in the sky and behind the Capital dome does not debunk this.
Not even close...
Where have you been my friend?
More importantly are the family holding up?
originally posted by: KellyPrettyBear
a reply to: game over man
I hope I was clear. I was in no way talking about the 1952 incident itself. I have an opinion about that (pretty similar to Miragemans post...) but this post was about that photo taken years later.
I was saying it's highly unusual that there have been no other pictures of 'lens flare' over all these years.
also no eyewitnesses seeing UFO's in the same place over all these years.....I'm in the camp of "debunker fail"