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Occurred : 11/15/2003 21:00 (Entered as : 11/15/1904 21:00)
Reported: 1/26/2004 7:45:26 AM 07:45
Posted: 1/31/2004
Location: Apex, NC
Shape: Formation
I photographed 3 planets lined up but my digital camera came back with a strange "constellation"??

Coming in around 9 pm one night in November [not sure of exact date] I noticed 3 "planets" lined up high in the eastern sky. There was no moon and few stars that I could see. I came inside to get my camera [a simple Kodak CX4200] and snapped a picture of them. [I remember having to hold the camera high to get the shot]. I didn't get a good shot, as the 3 lights were very faint in the photo so I saved it in my files to check out later. [Planets "line up" all the time]. I found this picture the other day when cleaning out my files, cropped it some, and used my "brighten/contrast" feature from the camera software to bring out the 3 lights, deleting the original almost "black" photo. The 3 horizontal lights at the bottom now looked bright red, and then there were horizontal "Y"s that seemed to be linked by the tails, and 4 red lights at the top right side of the formation lined up at an angle that I didn't see that night. Also, on the right inside light there seems to be a red dot next to it. [I don't think we can photograph "moons" of distant planets with cheap digital cameras!]. Just an interesting shot, though, and wish I'd gone back out later to check on it but didn't think it was anything spectacular. Maybe my software changed the colors unjustly; but there's no doubting the odd formation, even in a legitmate constellation.

((NUFORC Note: Date is approximate. The constellation, "Orion," whose "Belt" appears to be three stars in a row, is in the eastern sky, at present. We suspect the witness means a date in 2003, but we will check. PD))