UFO Over Stanford University's Hoover Tower
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On Thursday, October 2, 2014, at 4:53pm, Pacific Daylight
Time, I snapped the photo above of Stanford University's Hoover
Tower from within the
Stanford Quad. I was unaware of anything
unusual at the time, and was not aware of the strange object
which appears in the photo between the two left-most trees. I
first saw both the photo as a whole, and the strange object in
the photo, when I offloaded the photos from my camera onto my
home computer in Silver Spring, Maryland, on Saturday, October
4, 2014. The camera which took the photo is an Olympus Model
VR-320, "HD 12.5x Super Wide, 14 Megapixel", although I had it
set on a relatively low resolution, so as to save space and be
able to snap more photos during my trip to California.
--Paul Nahay, Silver Spring, Maryland
I am certain of the following:
- The image is not caused by anything on or in my camera.
It is NOT a bug or dirt on my lens. There is no such "smudge"
on the previous nor following images, and in two years of
having used this camera, have never had any such "smudge" on
any other image. The image is showing something actually
present in the scene.
- The object is NOT a human-created "drone". Less than 24
hours before taking this photo, I attended the "Oracle
Appreciation Event" on Treasure Island in the San Francisco
Bay, part of the JavaOne 2014 conference in San Francisco.
During my three hours at this event, I watched and
photographed a commercial drone which they used to video the
event from the air, for display on a large video screen. I
even took a number of close-up photos of that drone while,
every 15 minutes, the drone technicians changed the batteries
on it and its camera. That drone was quite audible at all
times, even over the roar of some tens of thousands of
attendees below it, as well as constantly-booming heavy rock
music. Moreover, that drone, and every drone I've ever seen,
in person an on images or videos, is in a horizontal
orientation. The strange object in the photo above is in a
vertical orientation. Moreover, while there were hundreds of
students in the area around where I took the photo, the
surroundings were perfectly quiet, and I know for sure I
would have heard, and had my attention directed, to any
human-created drone flying above Stanford, all the more so
having just spent three hours the night before fascinated
with the Oracle drone.
- The object is not an airplane, helicopter, or bird.
Moreover, although we can't know for sure, it appears to be
stationary, since if you zoom in on it, there's no "movement