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originally posted by: Catch_a_Fire
I was gonna say x37-b also....... Certainly got that shape, i wouldnt say it was as big as the shuttle.
It appears to be more over the wooded area, in the foreground, rather than above the mountain.
originally posted by: OwwMyHead
Looks more like the HL-20 Dream Chaser to me:
ETA now all I can see is a bird thanks to Archivalist and Blue Shift
originally posted by: elevenaugust
I won't bother you with the methodology that can be read here but what can be said in short is that the whole scene is submitted to atmospheric absorption thus decreasing the apparent luminance of "black" objects according to its distance to the camera. The more distant the object is, the more it is submitted to atmospheric absorption and the more it will have a "pale" aspect.
Empirical interpolations or extrapolations can be done in many cases, for they allow definition of a range of possible distances of an object, by comparison with other elements of the scene that are located at known distances.
By chance, we have black or very dark objects in the scene (mountains, trees...) and the "UFO" itself can be considered as a "dark object" as well.
So we can roughly estimate its distance to the camera by comparing the minimum value of the grey pixels for an area which contains different objects known to be at different distances: "1" is the distant mountain, "2" the less distant trees on the mountains, "3" one of the closest tree and "4" the UFO".
Now, we have 108 for "1", 63 for "2", 11 for "3" and 35 for "4", thus in terms of distances 1>2>4>3.
In other words, we can say that this "UFO" is located between point "2" and point "3".
Next step would be then to know the distances between these points and the photographer and calculate possible sizes of the UFO according to these distances. As the original photo is available, we know that it was taken with an iPhone 7 with a 28.00 mm equivalent focal length. This data allows us to do some maths using our favorite analysis software
Anyone knows where this photo was taken and what are the distances to points "2" and "3"?