|Occurred : 4/7/2020 19:02 (Entered as : 04/07/20 19:02)
Reported: 4/30/2020 10:23:32 AM 10:23
Location: Bozeman, MT
|During the evening of April 7, 2020, there was an impressive sundog appearing in the western sky from where I live northwest of Bozeman, Montana. My wife and I viewed it together.
There was variable cloud cover, which apparently made for good conditions for a sundog to form.
I took two electronic photos with my iPhone (4G LTE, Verizon) just to casually document the sundog and did not look at my photos until the next day. Of course, I was surprised to see a luminous blue-green object in each of the photos.
The camera date/time feature on the camera recorded April 7, 7:02 p.m. My guess is that the photos were snapped between ten and 30 seconds apart.
Oddly, neither my wife nor I recall seeing the luminous object(s) with a naked eye while looking at the sundog—but the camera did! Photo one: taken through the living room window with part of the deck table visible.
I cannot tell exactly where the object is relative to the white fence. It could be closer or a bit further way. The distance from the window to the fence was measured with a tape to be roughly 176 feet.
The height of the fence is 5’8” top edge to bottom edge, and the top edge maintains about 5’10” above the ground.
The approximate vertical displacement from the floor inside the house to the ground is about 28 inches.
There is a stream about four feet wide between the lawn and the taller vegetation but is not discernable in the photos.
Photo two: taken from the deck. A rough measurement from my approximate position on the deck to where the object appears to be in the photo is 73 feet. The deck is 15 inches above the ground.
Zoom in on the photo two object: it seems to be in the process of forming or disintegrating. It seems to have a different configuration than in photo one. Note the “aura” in photo two.
If the object(s) are one and the same in both photos, then it moved about 100 feet closer to me in the 10-30 seconds between photos. Was it aware of my wife and me? How long was the object around? What was it doing? Why were we unaware of it and not seeing it with a naked eye? This was not the first time that an unidentified object has appeared with a sundog photograph from our house. One appeared in a photo taken just after sunrise in early March 2019, with unseasonably cold, sub-zero temperatures outside. The object appeared as a planet-like figure to the right of the sundog in the distance, much smaller than the Moon. If you are interested, I could send you a photograph of this one also.