Richard O'Connor's two motion detection cameras are positioned 30 feet off the ground around his Clancy, Montana, home, and are trained skyward: Over the course of nearly two years, they've snapped some 280,000 photos. Most show birds, squirrels, or branches. But five of the bunch, taken Nov. 4, "are proof positive that UFOs are real," the retired anesthesiologist tells the Great Falls Tribune. The images show what appears to be "a very symmetrical, smooth and reflective surface that appears to have his own light source," says O'Connor. "In my opinion, even a hardened skeptic would say 'Wow, that is what I expect a UFO would look like.'" O'Connor, who says he's never dabbled in Photoshop, sent the photos to the National UFO Reporting Center.
The sighting report on the NUFORC site reads in part, "The first 5 photos in this series recorded the direct approach of 2 UFOs to the east-facing camera from an unknown distance. Photo M 5/20, obtained 6 seconds after the series of photos was triggered, reveals a clear photo of a UFO. Neither UFO is seen in photo number 6, recorded approximately 1 second later." NUFORC forwarded the photos to a photo analyst, who determined "the images are real, but remain a mystery. I suspect the lights in the first and last photos are sun reflections off of something rather than any propulsion system." Another analyst, however, concluded the photos are "100% fake." O'Connor has offered to take a polygraph test and plans to meet with other photo analysts." If I am subject to criticism to get to the bottom of this, then I guess it's part of the deal." See one photo here, or read about other alleged sightings throughout history. (Read more UFOs stories.)