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Bakewell , Derbyshire-21st July 2010

Location of Sighting: Bakewell , Derbyshire
Date of Sighting: 21st July 2010
Time: 1.52pm
Witness Name: Barry Moore

Witness Statement: We have walked many hundreds of miles in the Bakewell area and on the 21st July were doing a round walk, based from Ashford – in – the – Water. Just before the end of the walk I was taking photographs of open moorland. At 1.52 pm I took a shot of no real value but upon looking back at the scene I saw a cone on light (I would guess it’s cyan).

Here’s the first shot:

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and here is the second taken seconds later (click to enlarge):

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I’ve attached the originals.

I’m a retired pro and know of no lens aberration that would cause this. Even if it was, why not on both shots.

The colour is significant, I believe. Colour printers are used to Cyan, Magenta and Yellow as opposed to the primary colours, Red, Green and blue.

You won’t find cyan in a rainbow!

I’ve really enlarged and cropped the “cone” and it still baffles. Is it light going up or coming down??


Barry Moore


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Updated: July 22, 2010 — 8:57 pm


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  1. I do think this is lens flare, though certainly a rather freak and odd looking one. The two photos are not the same, the one with the flare includes more sky and sun. If you look carefully you can see what are clearly lens flares above it, appearing the same colour against the sky.

    I can’t explain the science of it, but I think the presence of these other similar coloured “flares” is the clue.

    For a cone of light to appear this clear in such bright sunlight (with a high shutter speed) it surely would have been visible to the naked eye as a very brilliant flash.

  2. Living nearby to where this photo was taken I submitted it for thought on the Above Top Secret website..

    I have attached the views expressed on the link..


  3. I agree with that last bloke, it’s a lens flare from the sun.

  4. To me, it looks like an extremely common lense flare.

  5. Its a lens flare. 🙂

  6. If it is lens flare then you should be able to re-create it quite easily on your make of camera as it would be only peculiar to that model. There must be other examples of it
    of photos taken with your model..if it is lens flare?

  7. Had a little play with this, but the cause is fairly obvious so I haven’t posted any enhanced pic. I will try to explain it a bit more though.

    The point of the cone is right on the stone wall running across the picture.
    There is obviously something on top of the wall, most likely a little pool of water in a depression on one of the stones, or a piece of glass.

    Note that the sun appears to be directly above the point of the cone (off picture and above the central bright cloud – the shadows give away its position) and there’s a string of circular reflection artifacts starting about halfway up the picture frame and continuing up well into the bright cloud (you’ll need to reduce brightness quite a lot to see this properly).

    Let’s get one thing out of the way, first of all – a rainbow includes ALL the colours we are capable of seeing (and some we can’t see). This includes “Cyan”.
    The “Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo and Violet” description is just a conventional string of labels to remind us of the sequence. The rainbow is not restricted to just the seven colours we are taught as kids. So there’s nothing strange about seeing a Cyan coloured artifact in a camera lens.

    What I think has happened is that the sunlight has refracted in water or glass on top of the wall. This has transmitted through whatever it was as a typical refraction pattern (red at one end and violet at the other), which, by the time it reached the camera, had spread out to many feet high and wide, so that only the Cyan part of the refracted light was striking the lens.
    Although the refraction would be quite large, the camera lens, reflective surface and the sun would all have to be in an exact straight line to catch the effect. A couple of inches either way and you’d miss it altogether. The refractive object was probably quite tiny, judgeing from the sharpness of the edges of the cone. When you see a rainbow, it look slike an arch because it’s refracted form thousands of raindrops. The refraction is the same, when caused by a single point, but what you see is a bit different.

    I haven’t measured it, but I reckon the angle between the edges of the cone is 30 degrees.

    So, nothing inexplicable here, but the chances of this happening are miniscule and I reckon it would take quite some time to reproduce the effect.

    Intrigueing pic though! Thanks for sharing!
    Fazil 🙂

  8. i`m no camera buff at all , will take the idea of lens flare , what i noticed though is that on first picture under magnified is a sort of `wv` ziggyzag mark above the dark spot where tip of cone appears in second pic , on second pic this wv mark has moved to left above other dark spot . as stated im no camera user or saying its anything , just does anyone know what this wv is , i guess another lens thing , i`ll bow to anyones opinions on this , just i noticed it.

  9. Bakewell has ufo’s for sure. Sunday 23rd July 2017 I was stargazing with my wife and 2 children on a clear night in an unlit area. The view of the stars was stunning. We saw various airplanes fly over and a few shooting stars. Then to my right I noticed what looked like a normal star moving very slowly and it dimmed and disappeared. This could have just been a plane so I ignored it. Approximately 40 min later I saw it again to my left. This time it was heading in our direction over my left side. At first it looked just like a star moving slowly but then I noticed it was fading out then reappearing and it was not traveling in a straight line as a plane would. It was wobbling from side to side in a patterned motion not just blowing around.It made no sound and it was a calm night , and as I watched it reappear it became very bright, far brighter than anything we have ever seen in the sky apart from the sun. It remained at full brightness until it was behind us and it became out of sight as it went behind trees that were behind us. It was in our view for 2-3 minutes. My wife was definitely frightened by what we witnessed. I have no idea what it was. I could guess it was a quite small car sized object flying at approximatly 2000 feet.

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