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Unexplained UFO photos according to Official French GEIPAN

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posted on Mar, 22 2012 @ 07:20 AM
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The GEIPAN is one of the rare official unit around the world (with the Chilean CEFAA) dedicated to the study and investigation of the French UFO cases.


GEIPAN (sept. 2005-), formerly known as GEPAN (1977-1988) and SEPRA (1988-2004), is a unit of the French Space Agency CNES whose brief is to investigate unidentified aerospace phenomena (UAP) and make its findings available to the public. The French Gendarmerie was instructed to channel data from reports of UFO sightings to SEPRA, which therefore was in a position to draw on a large database of such events. In cases where physical traces appeared to be present, SEPRA could call on the technical resources of CNES to perform a thorough scientific investigation. A famous example of such an investigation was in the Trans-en-Provence Case. In March 2007, GEIPAN started to make its archives available online to everyone.


It have its own website where the cases are presented and classified into four categories as follow:

A: Phenomena clearly identified
B: Phenomena probably identified
C: Phenomena unidentifiable (lack of datas)
D: Phenomena unidentifiable (after investigation)

Now, on the basis of 1150 cases, the four categories are as follow:



On these 1150 cases, there are only 30 that have one or more photo attached to the report (less than 3%!!)
Among these 30 cases, there are no cases classified as "D", but 9 as "C".
I will present you now these 9 photographic cases, with the GEIPAN description as it is.

I would be very interested to hear what you have to say about these photo!!


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1- 1981, August 6 - MORZINE (74)


On August 6, 1981 around 1 am a person takes photographs of the night sky from the parking lot of the "Col de Joux". The weather was clear, cloudless but some distant heat lightnings sometimes arise.
The camera is on a tripod and each picture is taken with an exposure time of one minute thirty.
When the photos were developed, the witness noticed the presence of a luminous phenomenon that was not seen during the shooting. This object is located in a halo to the left of the Arcturus star. A sky map of that day clearly shows Acturus, actually in the Bootes constellation. But there's no other information to help to identify the photographed phenomenon.




Note: As it's an silver film photo, the above is only a cut-out of the original report, so no EXIF datas are available.

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2- 2005, June 23 - NOIRMOUTIER (85)


A witness bring to the gendarmes on September 29, 2005, pictures of sunsets taken on 23 June 2005 on a beach on the island of Noirmoutier.
On one of them, there is a luminous phenomenon. The photographs were taken on a NW-W axis. No description was given by the witness. No other evidence was not collected on this phenomenon for which we lack information.




Original photos can be seen here as the above is a screenshot of the PDF report.

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3- 2007, May 12 - VENCE (06)


Two witnesses, taking photographs at the "Col de Vence" observed stains on their images without visual observations


One of the seven shoots:



Full PDF report here with the six other photos.

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4- 2008, April 20 - PORNICHET (44)


On April 20, 2008 a passenger in a car takes a picture of the clouds through the windshield. While viewing the photographs she noticed a spot she had not seen during the shooting.
It is always difficult to analyze photos with unexplained spots that appears without visual observation to confirm them. A default on the windshield or an insect could also explain the "UFO": we lack in this case more detailed information.




This one is the "UFO" one and is part of a set of 4 photos that can be downloaded here, under the name "temoin 4photos.rar".

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5- 2008, May 12 - PLERIN (22)


May 12, 2008 at 6PM a person takes two shots of the "Fort Lalatte" .
By viewing his photographs later, a black spot appears on one of the two pictures. No visual observation has taken place during the shooting. Many hypotheses may explain a dark spot on a photograph without direct observation and that are unverifiable.




Original photos can be downloaded here under the names "photo1 temoin.JPG" and "photo2 temoin.JPG".

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6- 2008, July 8 - BRY SUR MARNE (94)


A witness sends us a photograph in which he sees a spot. This photograph is unworkable and we lack information about the observation itself.




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7- 2008, July 27 - LODEVE (34)


April 23, 2009 a mayor of a small town received a cd and a letter. The CD contains two photographs taken on 27 July 2008 by a traveler passing through the region.
It is noted the presence in the landscape of a black spot on one of the photos. The author of the photographs came at the police station on the Aug. 11, 2009 to describe its sighting, made during his vacation July 27, 2008 at 10:45 am and the discovery of a sphere and a disk on photographs taken on that date. The witness said he did not notice anything special about taking photos that day. Without direct eye witness during shooting and without any other evidence of observation and information, any investigation of this phenomenon is difficult or impossible




Original photo here as it is hard to see the "dark spot"...

More to come.....
edit on 22-3-2012 by elevenaugust because: (no reason given)




posted on Mar, 22 2012 @ 07:31 AM
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I knew someone back in 1994 that was a photographer who was hired to take arial photos of a village for the mayors office. This was in the dept. of the Gard. He went up in a helicopter, and during the shoot, a metalic saucer shaped craft came up to them and they spent twenty minutes playing cat and mouse with each other. He had tons of clear close photos of this thing!
He flipped, not being a person interested in such phenomena before that, and went contacting GEIPAN, the french armée de l'air, everyone. He sent them photos and wrote letters and called them. They told him they have so many cases like his, so many photos, reliable witnesses, even pilots, that see and report this all the time, they didn't care about his! A high official told him, we know these exist, we just don't know how to explain them. We can't give you any answers, and we don't need your photos.

He gave me one of his photos, and it was the greatest photo I had ever seen. Clear and close, you could see the sky and the ground below, and the craft perfectly. Unfortunately, a friend of my brother asked to borrow it, promising he would send it back to me, and never did. (this was before we had a computer, or else I would have just scanned it !)

But I know they have his photos, and they were better than any of these. There are photos they are not releasing publicly.



posted on Mar, 22 2012 @ 07:31 AM
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8- 2008, December 19 - SAINT-JOSEPH (974)


December 19, 2008 GEIPAN receives an email regarding a photograph: one week before Christmas, a witness observed and photographed a luminous phenomenon moving fast in a zigzag way. The date of the photograph, taken from the exif data, indicates that it was taken December 19, 2008 at 9:24PM. Cases of thai lanterns observation have been reported in GEIPAN 14 and December 16, 2008 . No further details was given by the witness. No other witness of this evening phenomenon was reported.




Direct link to the original photo.

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9- 2009, January 11 - ERMONT (95)


January 11, 2009 at 8.55PM, a photograph with a droid phone was taken from a balcony. According to the witness, the moon is visible on the top and also a streetlight on the lower left of the photograph. An unknown orange object appears to the right. No further compliance information was collected.




Direct link to the original photo.

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IMO, some of these photos could have very simple explanations, don't you think so?



posted on Mar, 22 2012 @ 07:38 AM
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thanks for that never heard of that organisation before.....but if thats the best they have got



posted on Mar, 22 2012 @ 07:42 AM
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worst collection ever presented



posted on Mar, 22 2012 @ 07:51 AM
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Originally posted by dashdespatch
but if thats the best they have got

Incredible, but true!


Originally posted by heineken
worst collection ever presented

I agree! And yet, some, like I said, can be easily explained, can you spot some?
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posted on Mar, 22 2012 @ 08:24 AM
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Look, the fix is in and has been for over half a century.
If that is the best! the French government can produce for the public, then we can only conclude, as was amply proven with the US Project Blue Book that the whole project is a whitewash. Typical of governemntal actions in a host of "disclosures." In short, "Nothing to see here, folks, (except these poor quality images) move along like nice sheeple."
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posted on Mar, 22 2012 @ 04:25 PM
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The first one has some anomaly, if you allow for the 1.5 minutes exposure, then there is very slow movement, too slow for anything fixed wing, and it is not star movement, as the two noticeable stars indicate their own movement on a different trajectory, although all movement seems right to leftish, which seems a bit strange for a sky picture. The others may be unexplainable, but not what you might think of as exrtaordinary, just as they say, lack of data.



posted on Mar, 22 2012 @ 04:37 PM
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Originally posted by dashdespatch
thanks for that never heard of that organisation before.....but if thats the best they have got

No kidding. Those were horrible. Birds and bug crap?

And such is the sorry state of the UFO field these days, even in France.



posted on Mar, 22 2012 @ 05:49 PM
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So, France isn't a small player in the world stage.. and they have an official agency to study UFOs..

That I understand. France doesn't want anything in their airspace of which they aren't aware.

The part that begins to bother me is the idea that the USA, China, possibly the UK, Israel, Russia, and every other country that supposedly has UFO/Alien technology is just.. what… keeping it away from France??

Like, they don't even get to know that the Aliens are coming here and that they are already our masters?

It's all so absurd.



posted on Mar, 22 2012 @ 06:15 PM
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When it comes to UFO's/UAP photographic evidence has always been lackluster. It's frustrating. Before my own 'close encounter' with a UFO in 2002 I didn't believe there was anything to the phenomena. Wish I'd had my 30mm camera!



posted on Mar, 22 2012 @ 06:40 PM
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Originally posted by lost_shaman
When it comes to UFO's/UAP photographic evidence has always been lackluster. It's frustrating. Before my own 'close encounter' with a UFO in 2002 I didn't believe there was anything to the phenomena. Wish I'd had my 30mm camera!

I've read of people standing there with camera in hand, spellbound by a good UFO, unable to take a photo. It's a nice thought, however. I get the feeling that wasn't the case in the photos above.



posted on Mar, 22 2012 @ 06:53 PM
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Originally posted by Blue Shift
I've read of people standing there with camera in hand, spellbound by a good UFO, unable to take a photo. It's a nice thought, however. I get the feeling that wasn't the case in the photos above.


I'm sure that's true. Even with photo's the cases above were deemed to lack sufficient evidence.



posted on Mar, 22 2012 @ 08:36 PM
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Comments like these are so completely surreal. What do you expect? From that height? Most photos would only look like orbs, if you're lucky, for most are night time and they have those lights.

Be happy to see any of them.

Good thread.



posted on Mar, 22 2012 @ 08:57 PM
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Originally posted by lost_shaman

Originally posted by Blue Shift
I've read of people standing there with camera in hand, spellbound by a good UFO, unable to take a photo. It's a nice thought, however. I get the feeling that wasn't the case in the photos above.


I'm sure that's true. Even with photo's the cases above were deemed to lack sufficient evidence.


That's the caveat I was trying to point out here. Unexplained does not equal something extraordinary. To me, it seems appropriate.



posted on Mar, 23 2012 @ 01:30 AM
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img694.imageshack.us...
Looks like there is water there. A black pond.

Perhaps water drawn up from the ground due to the action of the Teslaship above.
Which would also be overhead unnoticed and causing the blackness by reflection
or other electric filed aberration such as light travel and index of refraction changes
under high voltage transmission. Dark clouds are often seen in photos and in real life
with William Rich who, on film since confiscated, eliminated a dark cloud with a saucer
inside that fell into a nearby pond.



posted on Mar, 23 2012 @ 01:43 AM
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Originally posted by TeslaandLyne
reply to post by elevenaugust
 


img694.imageshack.us...
Looks like there is water there. A black pond.

Perhaps water drawn up from the ground due to the action of the Teslaship above.
Which would also be overhead unnoticed and causing the blackness by reflection
or other electric filed aberration such as light travel and index of refraction changes
under high voltage transmission. Dark clouds are often seen in photos and in real life
with William Rich who, on film since confiscated, eliminated a dark cloud with a saucer
inside that fell into a nearby pond.


Teslaship? Overhead and unnoticed? Electric field aberration? What kind of language is this? Why would you look at a photo that shows nothing unnatural and come up with weird explanations that make no sense? You're perpetuating Reich's tales without offering any evidence. Poor reply.



posted on Mar, 23 2012 @ 05:34 AM
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Typical ..Its not american it doesnt exist.....thanks MSM.....
GEIPAN is Frances official org for UFOs
If you think France is behind the rest in UFO investigations, think again.....
They have some very good cases in France, and have been very good about revealing results at time too........
The COMETA report is a good example of the state of French Ufology.....



posted on Mar, 23 2012 @ 06:02 AM
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Ok, so IMO the first and last one are only lens flares, and more precisely, lens flare reflection through a central symmetrical point. These two examples are interesting because they show some differences:

The first example was about a silver film. Contrary to a popular belief, lens flare do not only occurs in modern camera with CCD sensors. There are some examples of such lens flares anomalies on silver films:


Lens flare (top right) caused by a street lamp in the photograph of Comet Ikeya Seki


The famous 1952 Washington case

Now, on our first examples, it's clear that the "UFO" is only a lens flare from the headlight car that can be seen on the bottom of the photo:



A is the brightest pixel
B is the lens flare reflection of the brightest pixels of the headlight car through the central symmetrical point (reflection point) of the photo.
O is the center of the photo formed by O' and O"
Note that AO=OB=172 pixels.

Let's see now the differences with the second example:



This one was taken with a CCD camera. There are two differences compared to the previous example:
1- A, the brightest pixel, is not centered on the light. This is because this light is partially hidden by the fence; it should have an oval shape aspect (the blue oval)
2- The distance between AO is not equal to the one of OB. What could explain this difference is that the photo is not original and has been cropped. One thing to do in this case is to search for the existent native resolution for the model camera type and see if it match with the one in the EXIF datas, and with the ratio as well...



posted on Mar, 24 2012 @ 08:55 PM
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