Tuesday, February 26, 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
TUBITAK Report Documents

(Unidentified Object Witnessed By Multiple Residents
of Istanbul and filmed over the sea)

6-12-08 Footage

Turkey has a long and rich history of unexplained aerial phenomenon dating back centuries. But between 2007 and 2009 in the northwest region of the country, a series of unusual events took place. Multiple strange objects were observed over the sea and witnessed by local residents. During that time an important video was taken of something unidentified hovering in the sky at the same location. Is it possible that Yalcin Yalman was able to capture in close detail on film what people were seeing? This blog is an attempt to document, as much as possible, what happened.

Residents described metallic, oval, and disc shaped objects, that behaved oddly, hovered, and moved silently while sometimes accompanied by strange red and orange lights. Some of the witnesses lived in the nearby housing complex, curious onlookers, and fishermen. But in 2009, during and after, the International UFO conference near Istanbul, Roger Leir and 7 to 8 other people became witnesses themselves and observed a physical oval metallic object hovering in the sky while in the company of Yalcin. After witnessing it himself, Dr. Leir remained convinced that the footage is authentic.

2007 to 2009 Original Raw Footage
Single Frame Archive

2009 Original Video Footage

What was in the air over the ocean?

The objects were over the sea and filmed from a long distance away.

Location Of The Witnesses.

After comparing statements by the witnesses and locating landscape markers in the video it's possible to identify the general area that some of the videos were taken.

Approximate Location And Vantage Point Of The Camera

Reports were filed with the Sirius UFO and Space Science Research Group which is Turkey's primary UFO reporting organization run by Haktan Akdogan. Also, the videos were 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 originals with the goal of finding evidence of a forgery, but interestingly came away with results that actually supported the authenticity instead. The original film cassettes have also been studied by people from Japan, Chile, Brazil, and Russia. After several attempts so far nobody has been able to successfully demonstrate evidence of a hoax, fraud, or manipulation leaving the case is still unidentified.

2008 Sightings And Video Footage

The previous year a number of sightings took place between May 22 and Sep 28 of anomalous aerial activity. Yalcin worked the night shift near the Yeni Kent facility located onthe shore of Kumburgaz which gave him a good vantage point. But, when the sightings started to take place it began catching the interest of the local residents and more people began to take notice. Similar to 2007 the 2008 sightings were discussed in the Turkish national media, even on CNN Turk, while soon gaining interest from the local Turkish scientific and astronomy community who ended up analyzing the footage. It is important to understand that the video are short segments that occurred over multiple dates.

 2008 Original Footage - Part 1:

2008 Original Footage - Part 2:

2008 Original Footage - Part 3:

 2008 Full Length Original Film - (non-shortened version)

June 8, 2008 Sighting

An unknown grey or silver object in the night sky off the coast of Turkey.

June 9, 2008 Sighting

The next day a glowing ball of orange/red plasma type light is seen motionless in the sky for several minutes leaving a bright reflection on the water surface.

June 12, 2008 Sighting

>Four days later an orange ball of light is observed at first. Shortly thereafter a silver dome shaped object is over the sea, that seems to move horizontally causing a shade pattern shift across the structure.

July 2, 2008 Sighting

An elongated unidentified object remains motionless in the night sky. Yalcin managed to zoom out, more than once, while also getting close.

One hour and fifteen minutes later that morning was an array of pulsating lights.

June 16, 2008 Sighting

During the previous month there was similar appearance of lights.

20 Interesting Parts Of The Video:

Several Eyewitnesses Were Interviewed:

SIRIUS UFO Space Science Research Center

At first, the videos were analyzed under the direction of noted researcher Haktan Akdogan the director of SIRIUS UFO and Space Science Research Center. Haktan first spoke with all the witnesses separately and then did analysis of the videos. With participation of the members of their science board they enlarged the images and did the detailed analysis, checked the pixels, and went through frame by frame.

Haktan Akdogan: "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."

Haktan and Murat Yalcin Q&A:

Turkish Ufologist Haktan Akdogan and the primary witness Yalcin Yalman did a question and answer session to discuss, in further detail, exactly what happened. Several questions about the videos raised by the public were addressed.

Camera Details:

The footage was taken with a MiniDV Canon DM-GR1-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. The tele-objective is a Sony brand vci hgd 1758 model lens, x 1.7.

May 14th, 2009 Video Footage

During the 2009 International UFO Congress held in Istanbul, the following video footage was taken. A crowd of onlookers watch a glowing UFO at cloud level. More unknown objects continued being seen into the night and the following morning of May 15th, 2009.

The Distance Across The Sea of Marmara Ranges From 27 to 34 Miles.

This is the approximate location of the orange light formation on July 2, 2008 and a comparison to a daytime photo from the same location.

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2007 Original Raw Footage:

The 2007 video was filmed starting on June 20 and lasted several days until August 31. During that time more 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. To this date the objects in the footage have also remain unidentified while nobody has yet been able to find an explanation.

TUBITAK Released A 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 TUBITAK representatives on television to check themselves. When they were finished they released their report in a two page document which is translated into English 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) the 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.)"

May 15, 2009 Similarities Day/Night Comparison

The 5-15-09 video begins while its dark outside at 4:59 a.m. then continues to film until after sunrise at 5:32 a.m. With the camera facing the same direction we finally see the horizon and more details on it's location. For an unknown reason what previously appeared as a metallic oval craft is now 4 orange lights in a semi circle. One speculation is that it's a plasma effect caused by the craft changing configuration or a reaction to the sun and different environment. When combining the shape of both the day and night objects. the similarities are interesting. It may be a possibility that it's one craft and not two objects. There has yet to be any further explanation.

33 Minute Segment From May 15, 2009

4:59 a.m. and 5:32 a.m.

Similar Shape And Curvature

Video Explanation:

Dr. Roger Leir Discussing What He Witnessed:

On March 31, 2013 Roger Leir also appeared on Coast to Coast with George Knapp to discuss what happened. Here is his interview with George Knapp: C2C Interview

Dr. Roger Leir Interviewed At The Location In Turkey In 2009:

While he was visiting Istanbul for the 3rd International UFO Congress in May of 2009 is when he completed this interview on the beach were people witnessed the phenomenon.

Yalcin Yalman Video Interview:

Yalcin Yalman discusses how he first became involved and why he purchased the camera. One of the interesting parts of this interview is when Yalcin revealed that he once had another sighting with his father when three unknown objects hovered above them, while fishing as a child. He recalled that earlier in 2007 there was another large sighting in Kumburgaz, but at the time he had not yet purchased a camera.

The Barking Dog's Mysterious Reaction:

In addition to structured objects filmed over the ocean there were also several instances of unusual balls of light that have not been explained.

Yalcin skywatching with one of his close friends:

Taking some pictures:

Turkish national news coverage In 2007:

The village of Kumburgaz where Yalcin's father lives:

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Sunday, February 24, 2013

June 12, 2008 Sighting

Object filmed on June 12, 2008

Between May 22th and September 28th in 2008 the objects returned once again. Having had extremely good luck previously when attempting to film the objects, Yalcin and several others attempted to watch the skies sometimes staying up very late. It's 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. More analysis continues to be done and when new information is found out I will try to update this site.

The Raw Footage From June 12, 2008:

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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