Case File Information

TBV Investigations Case Number: 196952

Date of Event / Case File: 01/11/2018
Name of Witness: Greg

Case File Status: Solved


The following case was submitted to The Black Vault / TBV Investigations on January 11, 2018. It was assigned to TBV Investigations team member Rob Mercer for investigation.

Witness Testimony

The following was submitted by the witness in the original report submission:

“While viewing Orion I sighted and photographed 3 objects moving together.  8” Meade with Zwo cameras linke to Surface Pro laptop. Captured three objects. “

The Evidence

Video compilation of the photographs

Photograph Gallery

The Analysis

blankI spoke with the witness by telephone regarding his sighting report, he stated that while looking through the camera he noticed the three objects moving together and began taking photos. Between 5:49:06 and 5:49:48pm PST he captured 14 images, which he submitted.

By the time I contacted the witness, he had already done research on his own and discovered the Amazonas 3 satellite was passing in the same area at the time.

Though the three objects appear to move together as one, it is apparent that they are not one solid object. Stars can be seen between them as they move.

A search of the Stellarium database showed three satellites (Amazonas 3, Echostar 18, and Echostar 16) moving through the same area and direction of the sky at that time.

Corresponding Cases

No other reports of this event were found.


It is my belief that what the witness saw and captured in photos, were most likely the three mentioned satellites moving together.

Meta Data

Meta Data was submitted for each photo. The settings were the same, and are located below:

Output Format=AVI files (*.avi)
Capture Area=1304×976
Colour Space=RGB24
Hardware Binning=Off
High Speed Mode=Off
Turbo USB=100(Auto)
Frame Rate Limit=Maximum
Timestamp Frames=Off
White Bal (B)=95
White Bal (R)=52
Auto Exp Max Gain=400
Auto Exp Max Exp M S=30000
Auto Exp Target Brightness=100
Mono Bin=Off
Apply Flat=None
Subtract Dark=None
Display Brightness=1
Display Contrast=1
Display Gamma=1

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