This sighting report has garnered more email in a short time than any other story I have published in nine years. Opinions were varied but polarized, with opponents using personal attacks to disprove the photos. Many beleived the object was simply cut and pasted into the blank sky and pointed to pixilation surrounding the object.
Original photo received from Gaston.
As publisher of UFO Digest I am sent photos, videos and reports from all over the world. I do not know the people who send me the data and am I left to take the "information" on faith. I will not knowingly publish what I know to be false, but I will publish a photo, video or report I find interesting and can't explain. Many times I ask you to send me your opinions on what a thing is.
Many emails have concluded the object in the photo is authentic. The only remaining question is "What is the object?" You can read many of the comments received here or in our forum.
I received an email from James Cohen, California. "I was ready to analyze the image in many various ways when I came across the first proof that the photograph is 100% authentic. Why? Simple: If you check the skyline from the roof of the house displayed in the image you will realize that the adobe displays the same 'pixilation halo' that the object does. Why this happens? Simple: That's an effect most digital cameras have when photographing objects against a very bright background during daylight. I am attaching an image with the zone I am talking about with this email. Please zoom in the zone (in your original image) and you will realize what I am saying. It would be very nice for you to tell your readers about this little fact so they can take it easier regarding the image being 'Photoshoped'. The image is real. The object is solid and airborne. Also if you take the time to check the light source (Sun) affecting the object, house and clouds you will realize it corresponds (also in a 100%) to an original shot enclosing all objects displayed in it at the same time of the day beneath the same Sun."
One of our readers, Emps (nickname), sent me an email today (Wednesday May 30, 2007 at 7:35 pm EDT) and reports that James Carrion has solved the mystery concerning a recent sighting and the accompanying set of photos of an unknown object reported by Gaston Damian Martinez. The sighting apparently was in Buenos Aires, Argentina on May 2, 2007 at approximately 5 p.m. local time. Carrion, after discovering the identity of the object, posted a report on the MUFON message board.
Carrion is the international director of the Mutual UFO Network, one of the largest groups in the world dedicated to examining sightings of unidentified flying objects and otherworldly phenomena.
He discovered that the object is a toy or model called Metal Gear!