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Uploaded by: Altred

Tuesday March 4, 2014

Senja, Norway

Caption: Hmmm?

Manufacturer: NIKON CORPORATION

Model: NIKON D800E

Orientation: top - left

x-Resolution: 300.00

y-Resolution: 300.00

Resolution Unit: Inch

Software: Capture NX 2.4.6 W

Artist:

YCbCr Positioning: centered

Reference Black/White: 0.00, 255.00, 0.00, 255.00, 0.00, 255.00

Copyright: [None] (Photographer) - (Editor)

Compression: JPEG compression

Exposure Time: 13 sec.

FNumber: f/2.8

Exposure Program: Manual

ISO Speed Ratings: 3200

Exif Version: Unknown Exif Version

Components Configuration: Y Cb Cr -

Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV

MaxApertureValue: 3.00 EV (f/2.8)

Metering Mode: Pattern

Light Source: 0

Flash: Flash did not fire, compulsory flash mode.

Focal Length: 14.0 mm

User Comment:

SubsecTime: 90

SubSecTimeOriginal: 90

SubSecTimeDigitized: 90

FlashPixVersion: FlashPix Version 1.0

Color Space: Uncalibrated

PixelXDimension: 1358

PixelYDimension: 1142

Sensing Method: One-chip color area sensor

File Source: DSC

Scene Type: 1

CFA Pattern: 8 bytes undefined data

Custom Rendered: Custom process

Exposure Mode: Manual exposure

White Balance: Auto white balance

Digital Zoom Ratio: 1.00

Focal Length In 35mm Film: 14

Scene Capture Type: Standard

Gain Control: High gain up

Contrast: Normal

Saturation: Normal

Sharpness: Normal

Subject Distance Range: Unknown

GPS tag version: 0x02, 0x03, 0x00, 0x00

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20. Desklamp
1:27 AM GMT on July 14, 2014
I want to ask you how did you feel when you saw it? was it falling like an meteor? just let us know even if it doesn't sound right. Ignore the common sense!
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19. Desklamp
1:27 AM GMT on July 14, 2014
I want to ask you how did you feel when you saw it? was it falling like an meteor? just let us know even if it doesn't sound right. Ignore the common sense!
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18. Wanderoo
3:02 PM GMT on May 04, 2014
ONE OF A KIND PHOTO. ENJOYED READING THE COMMENTS.
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17. sharong60
1:52 PM GMT on May 04, 2014
A UFO with engine problems? Very cool but weird pic!
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16. Feather3
6:30 AM GMT on March 11, 2014
Why couldn't it be the ISS?
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15. BriarCraft
4:17 AM GMT on March 11, 2014
The long shutter speed gives a good image of the object's behavior. It will probably remain a fascinating mystery. Truly an Unidentified Flying Object.
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14. BEME
4:55 PM GMT on March 08, 2014
Hi Hugo,How about sending this image to an observatory,or NASA,,etc,like that..maybe they might have a clue,,,curious anyway,,and a little scary I should imagine,from your point of view..was it that comet/meteor that went by for Wednesday? [time zone difference..?]Either way,,you should post it on YouTube or something,and see if others have a capture as well....Good luck! :)-Mindi
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13. llpj04
7:10 PM GMT on March 06, 2014
if the camera has an image stable feature (mine is called VR) it will make the light trails irregular even with a remote shutter release.

If this was a meteor it would have left a bigger/wider trail over the 13 sec exposure compared to the size of the light spot at the "end" of the trail.
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12. JaHokie
4:28 AM GMT on March 06, 2014
Neat shot. Squiggly line and lops at top looks like camera shake but it is something that is falling, I have my orientation right. Meteor?
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11. katy99780
4:12 AM GMT on March 06, 2014
Quoting RicardoB:
It's not a tripod issue. If it was, the stars would show it as well and they don't. They show a slight movement, which is to be expected in a 13 second exposure. It is most likely a meteor or a fragment of a satellite. Its path indicates it's not a symmetrical object but a tumbling, irregularly shaped object.
Quoting wildfirerebel:Nice Capture of some unknown.
I agree with RicardoB, with 13 seconds exposure, everything would have been represented the same.
Space stuff for sure! Rock? Metals? UNKNOWN!
Quoting Altred:
The Picture was taken out on a lake,with ice.
I had tripod and Remote Control.
The ice was "rumbling"a lot,maybe this is the unsharp problem.
I saw it with my own eyes,that is the problem.
My theory :Space junk......Aeroplane....no
That was my FIRST thought also. Airplane would not have made that squiggly line, and unsteady tripod would indeed have made everything 'squiggle' the same. I saw something like this ONCE and the best hypothesis I could get, anywhere from anyone, was space junk. And this piece of space debris is definitely tumbling, and getting very hot as it enters the atmosphere. I'm betting it was burnt out within a few seconds? Perhaps left a smoke-trail?

Keep this image Hugo, you may never have another like it!
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10. BAMyres
10:37 PM GMT on March 05, 2014
An aircraft would not have that squiggly path at the top and would not be falling at so sharp a trajectory. I agree with Ricardo that: It is most likely a meteor or a fragment of a satellite. Its path indicates it's not a symmetrical object but a tumbling, irregularly shaped object.

The tumbling could occur as the irregular object was hitting the atmosphere and then the trajectory smoothed out as projections burned off and the object became more regular. Would be interesting to see what happened after the 13 secs you captured...

But regardless, this is a wonderful shot. Worthy of the blue.

Barb
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9. nanapoo
8:37 PM GMT on March 05, 2014
Fascinating!! Thanks for sharing!
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8. Altred
6:50 PM GMT on March 05, 2014
The Picture was taken out on a lake,with ice.
I had tripod and Remote Control.
The ice was "rumbling"a lot,maybe this is the unsharp problem.
I saw it with my own eyes,that is the problem.
My theory :Space junk......Aeroplane....no
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7. wildfirerebel
6:27 PM GMT on March 05, 2014
Nice Capture of some unknown.
I agree with RicardoB, with 13 seconds exposure, everything would have been represented the same.
Space stuff for sure! Rock? Metals? UNKNOWN!
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6. RicardoB
6:16 PM GMT on March 05, 2014
It's not a tripod issue. If it was, the stars would show it as well and they don't. They show a slight movement, which is to be expected in a 13 second exposure. It is most likely a meteor or a fragment of a satellite. Its path indicates it's not a symmetrical object but a tumbling, irregularly shaped object.
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5. LarryD
3:29 PM GMT on March 05, 2014
I reject my earlier hypothesis of being an object on the lens. I think the path is far to well defined for that. That only leaves the aircraft landing lights combined with a tripod issue, as papajuan has already observed.
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4. LarryD
3:22 PM GMT on March 05, 2014
Very interesting. Observations; An aircraft would have had colored lights, unless this was head on and these were landing lights, the object was moving slowly, the initial instability indicates a tripod issue, way to slow for anything falling out of the sky. I wonder if this could have been an ice particle slowly moving down the lens during the exposure?
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3. papajuan
2:36 PM GMT on March 05, 2014
Your tripod is not 100% stable. Aircraft
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2. jeans
2:13 PM GMT on March 05, 2014
Falling piece of space junk?
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1. prguy
1:59 PM GMT on March 05, 2014
UFO
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