Guy in Hampshire photographed a UFO . . . or a bug

A witness says he snapped shot of a UFO in Hampshire, England on April 5, 2015.

During his recent visit to the Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium, this witness, Kenneth Parsons, spent some time shooting photos of the architecture there and of the countryside. It was during this little photo shoot that he managed to photograph a UFO.

But the UFO photo was taken by accident.

Parsons didn’t actually see the UFO in the sky when the photo was taken. It was only when he was back home reviewing his photos on his computer when he noticed something in the sky in one of his photos, and only in one of his photos.

UFO over Hampshire. (Credit: Kenneth Parsons/British Earth and Aerial Mysteries Society)
UFO over Hampshire. (Credit: Kenneth Parsons/British Earth and Aerial Mysteries Society)

Now, this is usually a pretty good indication that the unexpected object in the photo is something ordinary like a bug or bird; something small and fast-moving that the photographer either wouldn’t notice when taking a photo, or wouldn’t think twice about because a bug or bird wouldn’t be anything out of the ordinary.

But Parsons has dismissed the notion that what he captured in his photo is a bug.

He zoomed in on the UFO in his photo and he describes that the object is “a disc-shaped aerial object in the background.”

“For those who may think, (as I initially did), that this is merely a bug or a bird . . . I advise you to look much more closely at the picture,” he says. He continues, “I’m no expert on wildlife, but in all my days I swear I have never seen a bug or bird like this before . . . have you?”

Well, yes, actually. Bugs, birds, dust, and other small objects appear in photos all the time. And anytime you try to do an extreme zoom on a small object in a photo, your results are going to look pretty bizarre. And Parsons, being the founder and chairman of the British Earth and Aerial Mysteries Society should be well aware of this.

As the Mirror points out, some find it easier to believe that little specs in photos like the one in Parsons’ photo are extraterrestrial craft that “appeared briefly while travelling through a wormhole.” Yeah, it’s possible that he photographed an alien spaceship. But there’s really nothing that can be garnered from his photo that would indicate the object is anything extraterrestrial. But some people love to make huge suppositions when unexpected objects are discovered in photos.

Jason McClellan

Jason McClellan

Jason McClellan is an author, podcaster, TV personality, veteran UFO researcher & journalist, bourbon enthusiast, ska and punk devotee, vegan, and animal lover. You might have seen him on NatGeo, Syfy, History, Netflix, Amazon Prime, Discovery+, or at conferences and conventions talking about UFOs.


  1. Kenneth Parsons

    May 12, 2015

    Look at the original picture on our site – all those newspaper ones are poor definition: now try enlarging from this.
    You talk absolute garbage – the object IS in the background and is not over magnified – show me another bug or bird that looks like this; even with only light magnification it still looks like a disc – and you know it.
    What are you scared of?

  2. Jason McClellan

    May 12, 2015

    @Kenneth Thanks for the comment. If you were familiar with my work, you’d know I’m not “scared” of anything. I’ve seen several pretty awesome UFOs that have defied logic, and left me completely perplexed.

    Having been a full-time UFO researcher and journalist for nearly 7 years, I’ve studied thousands of UFO photos. Bugs and other junk do appear in photos all the time. And, as a researcher yourself, I’m sure you are aware that anything that moves quickly through the sky while you’re taking a photo (an alien spacecraft included) will be distorted. What you see in these photos is rarely representative of the object’s true shape.

  3. Kenneth Parsons

    May 12, 2015

    I’ve had enough of stupid, wet-behind-the-ears eye-rollers:
    I have been investigating this subject since 1991, (officially, and way before that unofficially), so I should know what I am talking about; this is NOT a bug or a bird and I would stake my life on it! I have seen similar things before – classic angle of tilt etc etc.
    Fact is, eye rolling sceptics and thirdphaseofmoon-type hoaxers are ruining this subject and pushing the old guard investigators out; and I suspect that this was the plan.
    You will be happy to learn that BEAMS is now closing down – we know when we are beaten; the bully boys of the Internet can now go find some other mug to picks on. Goodbye!

    • Kenneth Parsons

      May 12, 2015

      I change my mind – why should your type always win? –
      I was just about to delete thousands of items – years of work from our site out of sheer rage –
      but then I thought ‘no – don’t do it’ –
      so hard luck for you – and a pat on the back for me having the sense to stop.
      This is one truth seeker you didn’t deter and I’ll continue to fight your sort whenever I meet them.

  4. Jason McClellan

    May 12, 2015

    @Kenneth That’s great! Differing opinions shouldn’t be anything to get worked up about. Science, and certainly UFOs, aren’t a religion. Everybody isn’t going to agree or blindly ascribe to the same set of beliefs. And that’s fine. I clearly don’t have your extensive experience. But, again, I have been in the UFO field full-time (yes, full-time, as in 50-60/hrs a week actual career) for nearly 7 years. And I do know a thing or two about photography. Basics of photography aside, it’s essential for any scientific researcher to explore all possibilities and avoid dealing in absolutes. I happily and responsibly admit that I don’t know what is in your photo. There is the likely possibility, but anything else is possible too. We just don’t know. Those who start dealing in absolutes, claiming to conclusively hold the answers, and refusing to entertain options that differ from their desired outcome cease being objective researchers and become promoters of personal belief. That negatively affects the research and certainly doesn’t help the effort to better understand the phenomenon.

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