Once in a big blue dot

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  • (MICHAEL WISNIEWSKI/Courtesy) This enlarged image shows a blue ball hovering in the sky over Lake Coeur d’Alene as the sun sets on New Year’s Day. The photo was taken from a room on the eighth floor of The Coeur d’Alene Resort’s Lake Tower.

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    A woman in Nashville, Tenn. captured this image of a blue spherical object hovering motionless in the sky in October 2018. It was posted on the National UFO Reporting Center’s website, nuforc.org.

  • (MICHAEL WISNIEWSKI/Courtesy) This enlarged image shows a blue ball hovering in the sky over Lake Coeur d’Alene as the sun sets on New Year’s Day. The photo was taken from a room on the eighth floor of The Coeur d’Alene Resort’s Lake Tower.

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    A woman in Nashville, Tenn. captured this image of a blue spherical object hovering motionless in the sky in October 2018. It was posted on the National UFO Reporting Center’s website, nuforc.org.

Experts say it’s probably the moon.

What do you think?

Michael Wisniewski of Naperville, Ill., spent New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day doing what most people do when they visit Coeur d’Alene.

He used his cellphone to snap a lot of pictures, many from his room on the eighth floor of the Lake Tower at The Coeur d’Alene Resort.

While looking at one of his photos, he found a surprise.

“I noticed a tiny blue dot on the horizon,” Wisniewski told The Press.

The photo was taken late in the afternoon on New Year’s Day, as the sun was setting over the lake.

Wisniewski wondered if it might be a UFO, or possibly the moon.

“When fully enlarged there is a gray-black line angled from lower left to the right, on the blue object,” he said.

Wisniewski said he doesn’t own Photoshop photo-editing software, and he didn’t use any other applications to alter the image.

“I just used the tool to resize a picture on my Samsung J-7,” he said.

He texted the original, un-resized photo to The Press, which looks identical to the enlarged image.

Wisniewski’s photo also looks similar to an image posted on the National UFO Reporting Center’s website, nuforc.org.

That report and the photo taken in October 2018 came from Nashville, Tenn., from a woman who observed small, spherical balls that appeared to be hovering motionless in the sky.

One of the spherical balls was blue.

No one with the National UFO Reporting Center, which maintains a database of UFO reports, was immediately available to comment on the photo taken in Coeur d’Alene on Jan. 1.

Pat O’Halloran, director of the aerospace program at North Idaho College, took a look at Wisniewski’s picture. He said it’s a nice photo, but in his opinion, it isn’t an image of anything unusual.

He’s not alone.

“It’s the consensus of three people on staff out here today that you’re looking at a picture of the moon,” O’Halloran said.

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