Monday, February 25, 2013

Case Overview

 "The objects in the footage have the structure of a specific material that
 is definitely not made up by any kind of computer animation, balloon, prop, 
model, or special effects used for simulation in a studio."
The Science and Technology Research Board of Turkey 

This unidentified disc shaped object was witnessed 
and filmed over the sea near Turkey.

 Turkey has a long history of unexplained aerial phenomena dating back centuries. The Kumburgaz UFO incident is a more recent case that took place over multiple dates between 2007 and 2009 when there were several unknown aerial objects reported across Turkey. They were described and reported by many people who live in the area as round, disc, and cigar shaped unknown objects. There were reports filed with Sirius UFO and Space Science Research which is Turkey's primary UFO reporting organization. A series of interesting close range videos were taken by a resident of anomalous objects hovering over the sea. Approximately 20 or so individuals have witnessed the objects in the video in the company of Yalcin and they vouch that the case is indeed authentic.

 The footage was recorded with a camera that had a lens converter adapter capable of filming at 200 times optical achieving a great amount of detail. In addition there is one factor that makes this case credible. The video was analyzed by "The Scientific and Technology Research Board of Turkey" and "TUG National Observatory" which are both sponsored by the state and highly influential. They reviewed the footage intending to discovering a hoax but were unsuccessful. The original cassettes of film have been studied by people from Japan, Chile, Brazil, and Russia. After several attempts, to this date nobody has been able to successfully debunk the videos and they remain unidentified.

2009 Original Footage

The objects were not close to the camera but filmed from a long distance away
hovering several feet above the sea surface.

The 2009 footage takes place between May 13 and May 17, 2009 and were the third straight year of sightings that Yalcin recorded on video. The objects in the video were witnessed by multiple people. Some were residents, others were fishermen, while many were attending an International UFO conference that was taking place in Turkey at the time. This is when respected UFO researcher Roger Leir and approximately 7 to 8 other people witnessed the unknown crafts. He describes what he witnessed in the following audio: Roger Leir Interview

The location and vantage point of the camera.  

Eyewitnesses Interviewed:

See link above for translation.

 2008 Original Footage - Part 1

2008 Original Footage - Part 2

2008 Original Footage - Part 3

The 2008 footage was taken between May 22 and Sep 28, 2008 both during day and night. Yalcin was a night shift employee at the Yeni Kent building located on the shore which gave him a good vantage point. An object hovering over the sea began to catch the interest of local residents and media. Yalcin continued to film the area using a 300 mm lens with a 200x zoom tele-adapter which gained a close perspective. Just like 2007 the 2008 incident was discussed in the Turkish media and gained interest from some people in the scientific community.

 June 8, 2008 Footage

- Multiple Sightings Over 3 Year Period
- Various Shaped Craft

SIRIUS UFO Space Science Research Center 

 At first, the videos were analyzed under the direction of noted researcher Haktan Akdogan. SIRIUS UFO and Space Science Research Center firstly spoke with all the witnesses separately and then did the analysis of the videos. With participation of the members of their science board they enlarged the video images. They did all the detailed analysis, checked their pixels, and went through frame by frame. Haktan Akdogan stated: "After doing all the necessary analysis which went on for several weeks, the board came to a definite conclusion with no doubt that these are 100% genuine videos. The objects sighted in the aforementioned footage that have a structure that is made of specific material are definitely not made up by any kind of computer animation nor are they any form of special effects used for simulation in a studio or for a video effect therefore in conclusion it was decided that the sightings were neither a mock up or hoax. And it is concluded that these objects in the sightings that have physical and material structures do not belong in any category such as; planes, helicopters, meteors, Venus, Mars, satellites, fire balls, Chinese lantern, fire balls, weather balloons, natural or atmospheric phenomenon etc. and but rather fall into the category of UFOs."  

Video Explanation By Haktan Akdogan and Murat Yalcin
The director of the Turkey UFO organization and the primary witness Murat Yalcin
discuss the details of the video.

Camera Details:

The camera was a MiniDV Canon DM-GRI-A based on the NTSC system with a diaphragm set at the maximum of 1.8. It's a 3CCD 20x optic 100x with a tele-converter mounted on a 58mm adapter. Tele-objective is a Sony brand vci hgd 1758 model lens, x 1.7.

The Sea of Marmara is 27 to 34 miles across.

This is the approximate location of the orange lights seen on July 2, 2008 and a daytime 
photo taken from the same location.

2007 Original Footage

The 2007 video begins on 6-20 and films several days before ending on 8-31. During that time round, disc, and oval shaped craft were seen and filmed maneuvering over the sea while occasionally changing direction. The same thing happened again in 2008 and 2009.

May 14, 2009

 This newly discovered video was taken on May 14, 2009 outside a UFO conference taking place in Istanbul, Turkey. A crowd of witnesses can be seen accompanying Yalcin Yalman. Yalcin is the person who filmed the majority of the video seen in this blog. The date is important because it happened after May 13 and before May 17 which is right in the middle of the 2009 flap. As mentioned before there were multiple witnesses to the Kumburgaz sightings.

The Panel of Scientists Released Their Report on National Television

At first the scientists in Turkey were highly certain that it was a hoax. At that point Haktan Akdogan, who had already analyzed the videos frame by frame and confirmed their authenticity, challenged TUBIAK representatives on television to check themselves. When they were finished they released their report in a two page document which is translated below.

The National Council for the Study of Science and Technology 

 On January 31, 2008, a MiniDV format video cassette holding 35 minutes of footage was brought over to "TUBITAK" The Science and Technology Research Board of Turkey (a Scientific Institution owned by the state that is highly reliable and influential) National Observatory (TUG) by Mr.Tolga Ozdeniz, the Editor of "Reporter" that has been aired on ATV Channel. The footage on the cassette was said to have been recorded by a Canon GL1 MiniDV digital camera on a beach of a holiday village in Kumburgaz/Istanbul by an amateur. 

The images were examined by TUG- National Observatory Image Processing Unit. Because, it would take quite a long time to analyze all of the images, only randomly selected parts were pre-examined. During this process, emphasis was not placed on images produced by optical clarification effects which a number of point light sources generated. Here is a portion of their report: “The objects observed on the images have a structure made of a specific material and definitely are not any kind of CGI animation or in any means a type of special effects used for simulation in a studio or for video effects. "So the conclusion of this report is that the observations are not a model, mock up, or a fraud”. At the last part of the report, it’s concluded that the objects observed have a physical structure and are made of materials that do not belong to any category (airplanes, helicopters, meteors, Venus, Mars, Satellites, artificial lights, or Chinese lanterns etc.)"  TUBIAK National Observatory Report

May 15, 2009 Similarities (Night and Day)
33 Minute Separation

4:59 AM                                  5:32 AM

 (2 frames combined for comparison)

A segment in the footage dated 5-15-09 was taken at sunrise in the morning. The segment starts with the time stamp of 4:59 AM and continues to film until 5:32 AM. It starts with the background being completely dark and eventually after sunrise it turns daylight. With the camera pointing in the same direction we finally see the horizon and the location of the UFO. For an unknown reason what previously appeared as a metallic oval craft is now 4 red orange pulsating lights  This could be a plasma effect caused by the craft changing configuration or just a reaction to the sun and different environment, however this is only speculation. When combining both the day and night frames and overlaying for comparison, as seen above, the shape matches almost perfectly. Make up your own mind if you think we are looking at 1 object in both frames. There has yet to be any further explanation to explain these anomalies in the video.

Explanation of 33 minute segment

Dr. Roger Leir

On March 31, 2013 Roger Leir appeared on Coast to Coast with George Knapp and during the interview explained what he saw in Turkey. During 2008 and 2009 Roger Leir was present at a conference among many others at the time of these sightings and reports.

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Sunday, February 24, 2013

June 12, 2008 Sighting

Between May 22 and Sep 28 of 2008 the objects once again returned again curiously to the same area. Having had extremely good luck previously when attempting to film the objects, Yalcin and his friends set out to find them again on June 12, 2008. It is important to realize that the following unidentified craft was at a long distance from the camera and above the sea. Contained below are still frames and video footage, and satellite image of the area.

JUNE 12, 2008 VIDEO 


These segments seem to show a circular reflective object and a semi curved flat bottom. In addition what makes this segment interesting is the shading pattern which shifts from side to side. If this is a fake then it was extremely well done and fooled the city of Kumburgaz's residents as they witnessed it hanging in the air over the sea. After several attempts nobody has been able to find any evidence that points towards a hoax.

One of the interesting elements of this segment is the shifting dark shadow over the craft. There was a bright moon that night and it can cause this kind of effect, especially on a reflective surface. There are also voices in the video, translated into English captions, that can be heard saying "it's moving". I was able to make a few of my own observations.

Satellite photo showing the area of the sighting located next to the city of
Kumburgaz, Turkey

6-12-08 was just one day of what ended up being a series of 26 separate days over a period of 3 years. As to exactly why these unknown craft came back to the same location over and over remains a mystery. One speculation is that perhaps they have been coming to this location for many centuries. There is a lot of historic information that dates back many years that suggests these sightings are nothing new. 

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