Clancy, Montana (USA) – Per quasi due anni il dottor Richard O’Connor ha tenuto due telecamere puntate verso il cielo, con la speranza e la convinzione profonda che qualcosa potrebbe nascondersi la fuori. E poi, dopo quasi 280.000 fotografie catturate dal rilevatore (sensore) di movimento, è successo quello che lui prima o poi si aspettava.
Ma i risultati di O’Connor, di quello che crede siano due oggetti volanti non identificati, ha scatenato una raffica di scambi di posta elettronica, alcuni dei quali di gente della comunità di appassionati ed esperti di UFO, altri di scettici avvelenati e contro di lui.
Verso mezzogiorno del 4 novembre 2015, le sue macchine fotografiche dotate di software con sensori di movimento, hanno registrato cinque foto di qualcosa che volava attraverso i cieli del Montana che è difficile per alcuni a spiegare. “Sembra essere una fonte di luce”, ha detto O’Connor. “Secondo me, anche uno scettico incallito avrebbe detto ‘Wow, questo è ciò che mi aspetto… un UFO sarebbe simile'”.
Ma la sua scoperta ha suscitato un certo dibattito, lasciando al medico la possobilità di trovare gli esperti di foto per determinare quali se gli oggetti non siano riflessi o aberrazioni e di osservare meglio le sue telecamere che hanno catturato gli UFO. Le risposte a questo mistero rimangono certamente in sospeso e con un punto interrogativo. Nelle immagini sono chiari due aspetti. Il primo che ci si trova davanti a due oggetti che riflettono la luce del Sole e possiedono forma discoidale. Di sicuro non sono aberrazioni o riflessi di volatili o altro.
UFO captured? Clancy man believes he proves they exist
Skeptic would say ‘Wow, that is what I expect a UFO would look like.’”
But his discovery has sparked some debate, leaving the doctor to find his own photo experts to determine what his cameras may have captured.
The answers to this mystery remain up in the air.
O’Connor comes by his fascination with UFOs honestly. He said that for more than 25 years he was friends with Jesse Marcel Jr., perhaps best known for being a longtime doctor in Helena. O’Connor, now retired, worked as an anesthesiologist at St. Peter’s Hospital in Helena.
But Marcel may be even better known for something that happened to him as a child in New Mexico in July 1947.
His father, Maj. Jesse Marcel, was sent by his base commander to investigate the crash of a UFO on a ranch outside of Roswell Army Air Field. He loaded some of the wreckage into his vehicle and drove it home to show Jesse Jr., who was then 10.
They couldn’t make sense of what they were seeing. According to Marcel Jr’s Sept. 1, 2013, obituary in the Helena Independent Record, The U.S. Army Air Corps issued a press release saying a “flying saucer” was found, but public uproar forced them to retract the statement and say a weather balloon had been found instead. Those who were at the crash site were then sworn to secrecy. But in the ‘70s Marcel Sr. and his son began speaking about what they had seen, believing the coverup was a grave injustice to the public. Marcel Jr. had a distinguished career not only as a doctor, but in the military as well. He was 76 when he died.
And after knowing him for nearly a quarter century, O’Connor deeply believes Marcel saw what he saw as a child.
O’Connor, 60, even set up the Jesse A. Marcel Jr. Library on his rural property and his friend was there for its dedication.
He says he told him, “Your story is important and to continue to educate the public we should open a library.”
And then he installed two Reconyx Hyperfire PC 900 Trail cameras on the southeast corner of his house with the goal of educating the public about the UFO phenomena. When triggered by motion, the cameras, which are about 30 feet off the ground, shoot 20 photos at approximately 1-second intervals. He also posted a message on the Internet, giving the latitude and longitude of the cameras in the hopes that aliens would see it. “Come, let us take your picture,” he said, reasoning that if they had the capability to get here they would also have the ability to find people who are reaching out to them. The cameras were programmed to take photographs of moving objects. Among the 280,000 photos are a vast array of birds, squirrel tails and treetops dancing in the wind.
And then on Nov. 4, O’Connor says he noticed something.
“Basically what you see it a very symmetrical, smooth and reflective surface that appears to have his own light source,” he said.
Neither the FAA, nor the Air Force nor NASA handle UFO calls anymore, an FAA spokesman said, adding they are referred to National UFO Reporting Center, an organization that investigates UFO sightings and/or alien contacts. It was founded in 1974 by Robert J. Gribble.
The website features listings of UFO sightings by state. For instance, on Nov. 18, someone reported seeing three flashes of green light that lit up the entire sky after a power outage. On Nov. 11 in Great Falls, someone reported seeing a silent triangular object heading east to west before turning smoothly south and going out of sight. Massive in size. On Sept. 26, someone in Great Falls reported seeing a green glowing fireball.
O’Connor, who says he has no knowledge of how to manipulate photos on a computer, forwarded his photos to NUFORC, which were there for a few weeks and then came a query to them from the Tribune.
Peter Davenport, now the head of the NUFORC, forwarded the photos to “a skilled photo-analyst,” requesting that he try to ‘extract’ more information about the object than mere visual inspection would permit.”
NUFORC is a self-funded website that Davenport describes as a “labor of love.”
“I do it so people have a place to call if they see a UFO,” he said.
The first review was heartening. “Bottom line, I think the images are real, but remain a mystery,” the photo analyst wrote. “I suspect the lights in the first and last photos are sun reflections off of something rather than any propulsion system.”
And higher up in his assessment he wrote: “Thus, I conclude it is a puzzle to solve rather than a fake.”
But another analyst didn’t agree and angered O’Connor by proclaiming the photos “100 percent fake.”
O’Connor expressed his anger in an email to Davenport, saying he would get an unbiased photograph analysis. Davenport also suggests that O’Connor submit his photos to someone whose reputation he trusts. O’Connor has also offered to take a polygraph.
O’Connor now plans to meet with various experts in photo analysis to get their take on his pictures.