Date of sighting: January 15, 2004
Location of sighting: Whittlesea, Australia
A mysterious photograph has sparked a UFO frenzy in the city's north. Both believers and skeptics are scratching their heads over a picture, snapped in Beveridge by a council officer last week.
"We didn't see or hear anything when we were there," he said. "I took about 10 or 12 photos, facing east and west.
"Then I came back to the office, downloaded the images and noticed an object in one photo. I still don't know what it is. I passed it around the office and people didn't know what it was. A few said it didn't look like a bird, an aircraft or even a bug in front of the camera."
Mr Rozario said a train passed through the crossing just seconds after the photograph was taken and believes a passenger may have spotted something in the sky. Whittlesea Council's communications officer, Jim Linton, said the image to the Chief Defense Scientist, Defense Science and Technology Organization and the Civil Aviation Authority.He said the council was considering referring it to NASA and other authorities.
"As a municipal council we have this image and we believe it is responsible to pass it on to the Government authorities who have the expertise and let them work it out," he said.
Mr Linton said staff assured the council the photograph was not altered or tampered with.
"We're not making any claim on it. We're looking for some expert who can look at it and tell us. Maybe there will never be an answer."
Weather bureau senior forecaster Peter Blake said the photograph did not look like anything meteorological.
"It almost looks like a plane from the rear. It is certainly not a weather balloon," Mr Blake said. Local flying saucer experts also struggled to explain the photograph.
Victorian UFO Research Society scientific adviser Bernard Wilson said the group needed more information in order to make a full assessment.
"There are some interesting aspects to this photo. The sun reflections from the object and the rails appear to be fairly consistent," he said. "There appears to be some motion blur to the left of the image which might indicate a fast-moving object."