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Mysterious orange orb caught on video in Vancouver

A UFO hunter in Vancouver caught an orange orb on video recently, using his specially outfitted UFO spotting cameras and lenses. He says the object was able to be filmed using his night vision camera, but it did not show up on his thermal, heat-sensing camera.

Charles Lamoureux has been hunting UFOs for a long time. He uses a system he calls his Skywatcher’s Mobile Unit (SMU). He says it is “fitted with Night vision, thermal camera, and regular camcorder, etc.”

Lamoureux is not one to call every light in the night sky a UFO. Often he points out birds, planes, satellites, and other more mundane objects that often get mistaken for UFOs. However, what he captured on the night of June 3rd, 2016, he cannot explain. He sent the video (seen above) to OpenMinds.tv, and gave us some information on how it was obtained.

Still image from Lamoureux 's video. The thermal black and white image does not show the object, while the color night-vision video does. (Credit: Charles Lamoureux/YouTube)
Still image from Lamoureux ‘s video. The thermal black and white image does not show the object, while the color night vision video does. (Credit: Charles Lamoureux/YouTube)

According to Lamoureux, he first spotted the object on night vision at around 11:45 pm. It was about 2 hours into his skywatching session.

“I noticed 1 orange fuzzy object and realized it was within 200 feet from me since I had to focus the camera,” Lamoureux explained via email. “I know this because of my camera is usually set for infinity and if I have to focus when I know the object must be within 200 feet as per experience using this camera over the years.”

He says the object appeared to be sphere shaped, and he began attempting to identify what the object was.

“Most night vision captures I see, I can easily see wings if it’s a bird, bug or any other mundane object,”  Lamoureux continued. “This object was semi translucent, so I ruled out balloon. I then followed it, and since it was fairly close, I looked directly at the sky and did not see anything.”

Lamoureux’s SMU unit also includes a thermal camera for picking up heat signatures, but the object was not being detected with it. A small bird, or other heat-emitting object, was able to be seen on the unit above the orb he was tracking. This can be seen in the video. However, although the bird can be seen in the thermal and the night vision, the orb is only seen on the night vision.

Thermal imaging shows objects that are different temperatures as different colors. Lamoureux concluded that the orb could not be seen on the thermal camera because it was either the same temperature as the air around it or colder.

Lamoureux estimates the object was at about 80 degrees over the horizon to the southwest of him. The object passed in front of buildings towards the end of his video, so using their height, he estimated the object was about 30 stories high. He says there was no wind – “not even a breeze” – leading him to believe it was not an object being carried by the air.

Lamoureux is convinced the object is unusual. He wrote, “It’s been 15 months since my last witnessed event, and I skywatch almost every clear night since. This is the real deal and for sure 100 percent spherical.”

In order to get another opinion from an experienced skywatcher and “UFO” video analysts, I asked the Mutual UFO Network’s chief video and photo analyst Marc D’Antonio to take a look.

“I looked at the video, and noticed that he is using the Luna Optics full-color MicroLux camera. The sensitivity is about 0.3 lux so it is an interesting camera,” wrote  D’Antonio.  “As for what he caught on the footage, it’s not very far away, it’s only about 100 feet away from him by his own admission.”

Luna Optics LN-DM50-HRSD night vision camera, like the one used to capture the UFO video. (Credit: Luna Optics)
Luna Optics LN-DM50-HRSD night vision camera, like the one used to capture the UFO video. (Credit: Luna Optics)

D’Antonio continued, “It appeared to me to be more like a plastic bag flying around in the air. I am not saying that is what it is, but that would account for the reason why there is no thermal signature which he thought was very important.”

D’Antonio notes that the object was filmed in a city, and there is a lot of trash blowing around. He has seen trash floating around in a city be mistaken for UFOs before.

However, D’Antonio wanted to be clear that he is not making any final conclusions, just suggesting another possibility. He also points out that the video does not provide any evidence that puts it in the “extraterrestrial category” either.

D’Antonio gave me a similar conclusion to a video I was given many years ago of an object floating around the Las Vegas strip.

Although, D’Antonio feels the object might be trash floating around the city streets, the object does appear to be spherical in shape, as Lamoureux has pointed out. At one point, it also appears to change direction.

Lamoureux’s UFO research is being featured in a French-Canadian documentary titled (translated) “Lights in the sky.” He says it is a “Very unbiased look at [UFOs],” and that “the film follows me in my travels to find answers.”

He says a French version will be aired on Canadian television soon, and an English version of the documentary is in the works.

Take a look at the videos Lamoureux has provided, and let us know what you think in the comments below.

Alejandro Rojas

Alejandro Rojas is a radio host for Open Minds Radio, editor and contributing writer for Open Minds magazine as well as OpenMinds.tv. For several years Alejandro was the official spokesperson for the Mutual UFO Network as the Director of Public Education. As a UFO/Paranormal researcher and journalist, Alejandro has spent many hours in the field investigating phenomena up close and personal. Alejandro has been interviewed by media organizations around the world, including the largest cable and network news agencies with several appearances on Coast to Coast AM.

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  1. Hi Alejandro , thank you for posting the article of my recent capture. I respect Marc D’Antonio and work he does but he missed out on a few particular interesting aspects of my video. I highly doubt it is trash, the object was completely spherical and semi translucent. Colour orange was very prominent unlike trash or other mundane objects captured with the Luna monocular. Trash bag, would be solid like his example above and irregular shaped. At times the object was not in focus and appeared spherical in Marc’s video and transparent but this is an optical illusion because of it being out of focus, remember it was also white in colour. My capture was in focus as you can see in my video. Also years of experience monitoring the skies, I have many examples of mundane objects , like lanterns after they lost their fuel (flame) and descend to earth and this would resemble a trash bag and does not look anyting like my capture..Marc I would be happy to answer any more of your questions, but unfortunately the trash bag example does not fit the equation of this sighting. Moreover, I have been filming and obseriving similar type “orbs or spheres’ and I have not seen any UAP for more than 1 year, let alone no trash in the skies I can identify that would look anyting like this..I don’t know what I captured but it was very interesting and did not look or react like any of the several identified objects I’ve captured with the Luna Optics…Thanks again Alejandro and Marc!

  2. I’m thinking it was a cellulose particle refracting IR illumination. Was the IR illuminator on? It’s easy to create test footage: toss some corn starch into the air and video in darkness with the IR flood on. It’s a problem often encountered in ghosthunting. see if you get similar orbs that way.

  3. Hi Marc,
    I did not have my IR illuminators on, it’s first rule of skywatching otherwise you do resolve bugs and trash like objects close to the camera. This is from years of experience reason why I posted this video because it was unusual. Thanks

  4. Much for thought. I see the White Orb’s all the time and anyone who spends Hour’s upon Hour’s watching the sky, you develop a really good BS detector. UFO, is afterall a term used to denote the “unknown” and the Video presents such, imho.

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