BGE Results: Total Certainty Index is 5.14
LONGITUDE/LATITUDE: (44.0713 N, 87.6614 W)
SYNOPSIS: luminescent orb traversing night sky
OBJECT DESCRIPTION: pulsing red circle
INTERVIEW/STATEMENTS: MUFON’s General Sighting Report, on record
NATURAL/MANMADE PHENOMENON: undetermined
WEATHER INFORMATION: 64*F, dew point at 64*, humidity at 97%; winds were calm, visibility at 2 miles, conditions were clear
LOCATION: Manitowoc, WI
EVIDENCE/INVESTIGATION: illustration of object provided by witness, video of object on site
WITNESS CREDIBILITY: some college; witness seems credible, with detailed and thought out reports
CORRELATING CASES: case numbers 69239 and 70162 may relate to this particular case, but they fall outside the general geographical area.
INVESTIGATOR’S REPORT: Case number 69265 was assigned to me on the afternoon of August 15 2015; I established contact with the witness via email, to which I was provided more detailed information within MUFON’s General Sighting Report. These additional forms and images are uploaded for this report.
As with cases 69239 and 70162, we have a luminescent orb traveling from the northeast to the southwest around the same period of time (August 9 through August 11) and around the same general time of evening (2200, +/- 2 hours); however, where the two aforementioned cases dealt with a series of orange lights, this particular case involves one red colored orb which appeared to pulse and was of a larger size.
My initial opinion is that this object relates to the Perseid Meteor Shower, and that the difference in color could be explained due to a difference in trajectory (resulting in a color shift). This could also help explain how the object seems to fade. But, upon further consideration, a meteor does not explain the appearance of white blotches and the discernible glow or cornea; for this to occur, there would need to be a visible tail, and none was reported. Likewise, the recorded duration is quite long; if this were a meteor, the event would have been quicker (in my opinion and experiences).
Analysis of the video has turned up no abnormalities, and is consistent with images taken at extreme magnification. As such, the video does not provide any additional information, at least at this time.
While there are cases with which I am able to explain either through reasoning or through previous examples, I am unable to form any conclusion regarding this case.