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Medical student photographs saucer-shaped UFOs in Queensland

A medical student at James Cook University photographed multiple saucer-shaped objects in the sky above the Australian city of Townsville, Queensland on Tuesday, November 5.

The Courier Mail reports that witness Joshua Thompson saw small black birds filling the sky while he was driving home at approximately 6 p.m. He took photos of the birds with his iPhone 5, but, when he reviewed the photos later, he noticed something strange in the photos with the birds.

Black birds and strange lights over Townsville. (Credit: Joshua Thompson/YouTube)
Black birds and strange lights over Townsville. (Credit: Joshua Thompson/YouTube)

Thompson created a video from his photos and uploaded it to YouTube with the following description:

I saw hundreds of thousands of black birds flying towards a river. When I took a photo on my iPhone 5 and looked back at the photo I noticed 2 small saucer shaped objects in the sky and in the next photo a burst of yellow light in the shape of a disk and 6 small lights in the sky. There seems to be a black shadow behind the object and another object in the top of the sky, flying away.

He told the Courier Mail, “The six small lights really weirded me out . . . You can see them really clearly in this ring type of thing.” Thompson also offered his speculation that “the birds may have been some sort of cover for it to get away.”

Thompson took his photos while he was driving, but it is unclear if the photos were taken behind glass or if a window was rolled down. If, in fact, the photos were taken behind one of the car’s windows, reflections by the iPhone camera’s flash or other light sources could potentially explain the odd lights. But Thompson is convinced that he photographed something extraordinary.

In a comment on YouTube, he explains, “I’ve been watching Ancient Aliens and have been convinced aliens have contacted earth for 1000s of years. But never had a real experience . . . I swear this has been uploaded straight from my phone- plus I’ve submitted it to a [reputable] UFO site who said it will be shown as evidence on the site.”

The Courier Mail checked with the Townsville City Council’s parks department, but a spokesperson said he was not aware of any recent reports of unusual aerial activity.

Jason McClellan

Jason McClellan is a UFO journalist and the producer/co-host of the web series Spacing Out! He is also the web content manager and staff writer for OpenMinds.tv, and a co-organizer and technical producer of the International UFO Congress. As a founding member of Open Minds, Jason served as a writer and editor for the now defunct Open Minds magazine. He has appeared on Syfy, NatGeo, and, most recently, he co-starred on H2's Hangar 1: The UFO Files. ------ Follow Jason on Twitter @acecentric and subscribe to Jason's updates on Facebook.

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  1. Hmm would be good to know if was taken from behind windshield 🙂
    These images easily come when bright weather and take image and hand moves a bit while taking the image. Though not much distortion seen on that so maybe not caused by camera..

    Good case 🙂

  2. Well this is my photo and i can verify that it was taken with the window down. 🙂 slowed down to around 30km an hour and steadied my phone- took 3 quick snaps but didnt bother looking at them cause i was already back looking at the road.

  3. Citizens of Earth, remain calm. In the year 2013, there’s a approximately 1,413 to get a light in the sky, an inifite number of ways to take a blurry photograph of it.

  4. If its not a plane, its a satellite reflecting the sun. Very common, seldom photographed….NEXT!

  5. A blurred lamp post would explain the strange dark street that shoots from the light to the ground.

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