Iowa, 2020: UAPSRS Case No. 177

Iowa, 2020: UAPSRS Case No. 177

CountryUnited States
State or ProvinceIowa
Time1520 CST
DurationLess than 10 minutes
Witnesses (Number)4
Distance200 feet
Solid ObjectYes
Shape DetailsAppeared to be changing shape during movement
How Many LightsNot Specified
How BrightNot Specified
Light ColorationNot Specified
Motion/SpeedSteady and slow movement
Number of ObjectsOne
DescriptionWe were sitting on our deck enjoying the afternoon and we initially saw this object in the sky – initially thinking it was a quad drone flying through the neighborhood. However, as we continued to observe the item it made no sound, hovered for a while, then proceeded to move south out of sight. Grabbed my Canon 6d and 300MM lens and snapped two photos in the sky. After reviewing the object in the photo, it did not appear to be a known object that should be in the sky.
Nearby LandmarksNortheast Elementary School, Ankeny, IA
LatitudeNot Specified
LongitudeNot Specified
AltitudeAppeared to be less than 200 feet
Advanced CapabilitiesNo
Visible PayloadNo
RadarNot Specified
Health EffectsNot Specified
Physical/Environmental EffectsNot Specified
Animal DisturbanceNot Specified
Witness FeelingsNot Specified
Witness AssessmentNot Specified
Additional InfoUAPSRS Assessment: The object appears balloon-like in photos provided by the witness. No description of sudden acceleration or other movement associated with propulsion appears in the witness’s statement.

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Original Image EXIF Data:

Aperture Value: 6
Color Space: Uncalibrated
Custom Rendered: Normal process
Date Time Digitized: Aug 29, 2020 at 3:20:49 PM
Date Time Original: Aug 29, 2020 at 3:20:49 PM
Exif Version: 2.3
Exposure Bias Value: 0
Exposure Mode: Auto exposure
Exposure Program: Not defined
Exposure Time: 1/500
Flash: Off, did not fire
FNumber: 8
Focal Length: 600
Focal Plane Resolution Unit: centimeters
Focal Plane X Resolution: 1,140
Focal Plane Y Resolution: 1,140
Photographic Sensitivity (ISO): 200
Lens Model: TAMRON SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2 A022
Max Aperture Value: 5.25
Metering Mode: Pattern
Pixel X Dimension: 4,104
Pixel Y Dimension: 2,736
Scene Capture Type: Standard
Shutter Speed Value: 1/500
Sub-second Time Digitized: 17
Sub-second Time Original: 017
White Balance: Auto white balance
Firmware: 1.1.7
Flash Compensation: 0



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Iowa, 2020: UAPSRS Case No. 177