It was not very thrilling since it was distant and barely noticeable by naked eye in the broad daylight.
It was my peripheral vision that caught up with it. Another reason i was not as thrilled as i expected was that although i am a skeptic i think we are
all quite conditioned nowadays to accept the alternate reality of UFOs really being around and that its not as uncommon as one might suspect on first
account without having a good look around the web.
(I use the word UFO in its broader term but not for things like baloons, kites etc)
Here is the facts:
I was just outside a friends house waiting to come along with me on a ride with my motorbike since it was a fine afternoon.
For the last 10 days or so i developed the habit of carrying my SONY Cybeshot DSC-W90 around at all times and take pictures whenever motivated.
So as i was waiting having a smoke with the engine idleing under my legs i noticed a white spot in the clear blue sky.
At first i thought it was an aircraft since we have an airport in the outskirts of the city.
I was facing north towards the seaside. The airport is on the far right of me as i was sitting on my bike-to the east.
After a second or two i realised that this is no aircraft nor helicopter, nor a baloon or a kite. It looked as being above the sea (although i could
not see the sea from my point of view- i was about 1500m away and within the city blocks)
I tried to focus on the object which was a little bright spot but it was no good. My vision is 10/10 but i could make no details of it apart from
the fact that it did not look perfectly round. (it looked like being wider in the botom side with a curved top) (while writing these lines i am not
looking at the pictures but just try to communicate to you my experience and what i remember at this time)
I took my eyes away seeking for my Cybershot in my bikers jacket. So far the object seemed stationary.
I then looked back at the sky and tried to focus back on it to get the photos.
I think it was on a slightly different spot but i cannot tell for sure.
Looking back onto my cameras screen i couldn't discern the spot but i made the best of it since i remembered the relative position of the object to
the obstructions ahead of me at the lower level of the screen.
I took a couple of photos. I think at the moon setting left over from two nights ago while i was photographing some evening clouds.
I looked back up to the sky to locate the object again but i could not see it.
I think it was mostly by being rushed on managing to capture it while at the same time i could see my friend stroling the road towards me.
I snapped another couple or so photos before he reached for me.
When i looked back to it i could not see it any more.
I was asked about my actions but i made no real comments about it since i feared being flamed...
I took another 4-5 second gaze at the sky but i could not see it.
I only wish i waqs alone at the time...
Anyway there are 6 pictures of the incident alltogether some with various zoom settings. I think some are on digital zoom (6x alltogether against
the 3x optical one) in the effort to get the best picture. I was not sure it would register on the camera...
Before giving you the picture links i will give you some more details:
City: Heraklion, Crete, Greece
Date: 14 March 2009
Time: Look at the exif time stamp. It was early evening.
Time zone: +2
Sighting duration: Propably perceived by me over a minute or so...
Witness: One but never informed him of the action...
Just lights, or shape discernable? : Bright spot with some shape. Stationary.
Color of lights and/or object/s? : White or rathe lit against a blue sky
Number of lights and/or objects? : 1
Apparent altitude?: I guess it really depends on object size. It looked like 1000m high in the sky over the sea to the north. Horizontal distance was
something like 2500 m
Direction of travel? : Quite stationary while i could observe.
Apparent brightness? : That of a star against the sky (NO star in this case. Trust me. There were no other stars and if there was the slightest chance
of it being a star i would not consider it as a sighting...)
Path of travel (straight, curved, etc.)? : Quite stationary
Any pictures or video? : Yes (see below-please download)
Any sound?: NO but it was too far any way (i think it was since i do not know anything about its size...)
Any aircraft around? : None whatsoever!
HERE ARE THE LINKS TO THE PHOTOS ON PHOTOBUCKET:
(I chose photobucket since it retains EXIF data.
ATS makes compression etc but you are welcome to post them on ATS in any form - I should catch up ahead of you to compress so i can also make an ATS
upload and pic post. Currently the computer i sit on does not have photoshop so i don't know if i manage. The folder i saved at Photobucked is named
440 incident since 440 is the number of the first shot...)
At this time my conclusion is that this is my first UFO sighting.
I have not done an analysis yet myself but this is no optimistic statement.
To be honest i am surprised myself at my cool allthough i am quite impatient in posting this.