Large stationary sphere UFO in the sunset

Large stationary sphere UFO in the sunset represents the very first pictures of unidentified aerial phenomena (UAP) I shot with my first DSLR camera. The stationary sphere in below images could be in the size of a large building. This may not be space aliens from another planet, because there is a possibility this is a meteorological phenomenon. The photo-sighting happened on September 13, 2009 at 7.36 pm local time over Denmarks third biggest city Odense.

Large stationary sphere UFO in the sunset

I was on my way home on the bicycle from a visit with my mom. I had my new Sony Alpha 100 reflex camera with me. Not with the intention to shoot UFO pictures, but merely just to photograph and learn to use my new camera.

I stopped near Niels Bohrs avenue and took several pictures of a beautiful sunset. But without discovering a spherical object that sat stationary on a cloud-stripe in the horizon some kilometers away. I went home.

Stationary sphere UFO in the sunset photos

Some days after I looked through the sunset photos. I deleted some of them because of bad photo quality and ended up with four images. While studying these images, I noticed a sphere sitting the same place on the same cloud-stripe in all four photos. I could not believe it, because I did not expect this. There was a dark sphere sitting on a cloud in the sunset…

Sphere UFO magnified

Then I magnified the sphere I realized that, if not a meteorological phenomenon (or a shadow), I might have found a large spherical object in the sunset photos. It definitely looks like a sphere that seems stationary. It is hovering on the cloud-stripe with something that looks like it´s own cloud system around it, made up by some lighter colored clouds (fog).

Sphere and cloud animation

I would like to see how this spherical object behaved from the time when I shot the first picture to the time I shot the last and fourth picture. The 4 best photos were taken in a series with few seconds between, a perfect setup for an animation. The images are played back by 0.8 sec. intervals. The animation shows a sphere shape hovering in a stationary position, while the surrounding clouds passing by the UAP both behind and ahead from left to right.

Sphere and cloud animation (grayscale)

Also, notice the fog around the sphere. It seems to move very little in the animation, while clouds ahead and behind moves much faster. The fog seems to be in an area without wind. It looks a bit ghost-like to me. Is this just a meteorological phenomenon created by a shadow from darker clouds behind? See same animation with colors here

Meteorological phenomenon or physical object?

To find out if this is a meteorological phenomenon or a physical object is impossible. I know with my experience and the more than 7000 sky pictures I have taken, that clouds can display anything. Actually, you can see the sky as a large holographic screen, where all shapes and forms can be manifested by clouds.

What makes me believe there can be a physical object here, is because it is stationary and clouds are drifting by both ahead and behind. It seems not to be affected by the passing clouds but is solidly planted on its position. There is no clear indication, that this sphere supposed to be a cloud system or a shadow, is going through a process of being dissolved.

See and judge for your self, whether it is a local thickening in meteorological sense or a real physical object?

UAP is dust on the lens?

Photos were not taken with the same angle. I had the camera in hand, not on a tripod, and changed the angle a bit while shooting the pictures. That´s the single reason why I think dust on the lens as an explanation cannot be relevant.

Dust would reveal itself when it is fixed in the same position on the lens / in the image frame, as a second layer. The dust particle would probably stay in that same place while everything else that is photographed will move around slightly in that same frame. Dust is easy to spot, you don´t need a science degree to figure that out.

Sphere UFO the size of a large building?

The spherical UFO in the photos are not 100% in focus, but very close. My actual target was the red-orange colored clouds right above the sphere, which seem to be closer to the camera than the sphere UFO located only a few degrees above the horizon.

I do not know the distance to the cloud stripe which the unidentified aerial phenomenon (UAP) is sitting on. I guess it is at least 3-4 km away from my position, and it tells something about the size of this sphere. How big this UAP really is can be a difficult question. It is not car-sized, more in the size of a large building I guess.!?

I used a standard lens (3.5-5.6/18-70) and the focal length of all four photos was 70,00(mm). If you study the photos in the list above, which is the non-cropped full-size originals, it might give you an idea of the distance to the UAP.

Also read about the Lanzarote spheres or see the galleries for more spherical objects.

This sighting was reported

This sphere photo sighting was reported to MUFON and SUFOI, and in connection with reporting to SUFOI, were 2 of a total of 4 images evaluated by John Cappelen on DMI (Danish meteorological Institute). Case in SUFOI’s newsmail No. 112

Local meteorological phenomenon says DMI

SUFOI’s Photo Department turned naturally to the Danish Meteorological Institute, DMI, who are experts in this type of phenomena in the sky.

Senior Climatological John Cappelen subsequent replies:

The pictures do not tell me much beyond the purely meteorological. One can always find weird stuff on sky pictures – then by analyzing them … and things that are seen also depends on the eye of the beholder.

In meteorological terms, clouds in the picture were attached to a front that separated cool air with rain over southeast Denmark from warmer air to the northwest. There was no altocumulus or altostratus, some places with a little structure and localized in two layers. With a little effort, you can also see a single short fall-stripe.

The dark stain that has not changed between the two images, is in my opinion due to a local thickening, eventually the shadow by a cloud behind.

End of quote ~ John Cappelen, DMI

SUFOI concludes:

So there is after DMI’s expert opinion no doubt, that the dark pattern is a local meteorological phenomenon that only in this case has come to look very strange in the photographs.

End of quote ~ SUFOI

My note regarding John Cappelen and SUFOI

I am glad that climatologist John Cappelen from DMI has seen some of the pictures. From what I understand from his statement, he concludes nothing but just feels that it may be a local thickening, perhaps the shadow of a cloud behind. My own personal experience with photography in general, in light of the over 4800 images I have taken so far of clouds and cloud formations, tells me, that John Cappelen’s presumption may well be correct.

But you should also just remember, that his opinion is an opinion and not a solid scientific conclusion on anything, but merely a presumption and the door is therefore still open to more possible explanations. So I am not satisfied with SUFOI then they, on John’s Cappelen´s behalf, draws the conclusion, that there is no doubt, that it is merely a local meteorological phenomenon..!

My own assessment

Today at the time of writing February 19th 2018, I’ve had 8 years to go wondering what’s in those four pictures? But I have no conclusion on what it could be. The animation above seems to underline, that a large spherical object really could be sitting stationary on the cloud in the sunset. If this was just an optical illusion caused by a meteorological phenomenon, or actually a pretty large alien sphere in the horizon, is still the question I ask my self?



Basic observation data

  • Denmark, Odense (Holluf Pile), September 13, 2009 at 7.36 pm
  • Camera position: 55 22’25.93″ N – 10 25’58.38″ E
  • Camera: Sony A-100 reflex camera with Sony standard 3.5-5.6 / 18-75mm zoom lens
  • Compass direction: West

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