Anyone can submit a UFO sighting to the Mutual UFO Network. Even if you claim to be telepathically communicating with what one photographic expert calls "a balloon," this organization will take you seriously.
On Friday, an unnamed California couple photographed and videotaped a boomerang-shaped UFO that appeared high above their Burbank home.
"It was communicated to me, telepathically, that an orb had been released," one of the witnesses said, according to the report. "It wasn't until we reviewed our photos later that we actually saw the orb in a photo."
MUFON typically withholds names of eyewitnesses until its investigation is complete. People who've seen UFOs often fear they'll be derided for stepping forward.
Nevertheless, Marc Dantonio, MUFON's chief photo and video analyst, believes that the witness was mistaken.
"I examined the video, and this appears to me to be a balloon, floating on the wind and that has collapsed in half," Dantonio told The Huffington Post in an email.
"Viewing the video illustrates that it is flying at a very believable drift speed for upper level air currents. The video is not useful for anything else other than determining relative wind speed and drift speed," said Dantonio, who also creates special model prototypes for government contractors.
The husband was on the rooftop of their house, facing mountains north of Burbank when he first spotted the object.
"I saw this white object in the sky. It was very apparent. At first I thought maybe an airplane, but it didn't appear to be moving, so I called my wife. We grabbed our cameras and began to take video and photos of the object," the witness wrote in his report to MUFON.
Boomerang UFO Composite Images Burbank, Calif. 10-5-12
This is a composite of images shot by two eyewitnesses of a boomerang-shaped UFO over their Burbank, Calif., home on Oct. 5, 2012.
Boomerang UFO Faraway Image
This object was photographed in the sky above Burbank, Calif., on Oct. 5, 2012.
Boomerang UFO 2
The UFO reportedly hovered and moved slowly in front of two eyewitnesses.
Boomerang UFO 3
This image includes what the eyewitnesses claimed is a small orb associated with the larger boomerang-shaped UFO.
Boomerang UFO 4
Another angle of the boomerang UFO over Burbank, Calif., on Oct. 5, 2012.
The witness said he "expected to see an airliner in the pictures," but what they got, instead, was something that was definitely shaped like a boomerang.
After the couple watched the object reportedly hover for a few minutes, it moved away over nearby mountains.
One picture of the boomerang UFO appears to include a smaller "orb" -- something that might not have been noticed right away. But the eyewitness seemed to expect this, and it could be argued that this is where the story unravels a bit.
The eyewitness also claims to have "a connection with them and see craft frequently."
MUFON hasn't yet investigated or made any public statements about this case. Click here to see the video of the UFO that was also submitted with the photos.
"If you look at each of the still images, you can see that the shape of the delta changes, particularly in the last photo, where the angle has opened up much more than in previous photos," said Dantonio, who added that he thinks the airborne object was rotating around in the wind.
"There is no 'directional vector' to the object as an aircraft might display. When long, low pressure balloons bend under gentle forces, they tend to bend in such a way that the forces are evened out, which can explain why it is bent in half this way."
Here are some other strange objects that didn't remain unsolved for very long
These candle-lit Chinese lanterns can rise high into the sky and are often mistaken for UFOs.
Melbourne, Australia, Feb. 2013
This is a composite image of how three alleged UFOs maneuvered about in the sky over Melbourne, Australia, in early February, 2013. The final verdict isn't in yet on whether they're birds, aircraft, balloons, bugs or something truly unidentified.
Exploding Weather Balloons, Not UFOs
On Dec. 20, 2012, a bright, circular object (pictured at the top of this composite image) was videotaped exploding in the skies above Sacramento, Calif. It wasn't immediately identified, resulting in speculation that it was either an alien spacecraft, military top secret weapon, runaway planet, North Korean satellite, among others. Within a short period of time, it became apparent that this was a weather balloon. The bottom part of this image shows such a balloon as it ascended over Tampa Bay, Fla., on July 2, 2012, and exploded in an identical manner as the Sacramento object, probably much to the dismay of all true ET believers out there.
Boomerang UFO composite images -- 10-5-12
This is a composite of images shot by two eyewitnesses of a boomerang-shaped UFO they reported seeing over their Burbank, Calif., home on Oct. 5, 2012. Mutual UFO Network photo/video analyst Marc Dantonio concluded the object was likely "a balloon, floating on the wind that has collapsed in half."
Changing UFO Pattern -- Warren, Mich. 1-10-13
This four-image series of lights in the sky was recorded over Warren, Mich., on Jan. 10, 2013. The lights were seen changing into several patterns. The most logical explanation for these types of UFOs is a series of balloons or lanterns.
UFOs Over Earth
This composite image shows four different times that alleged UFO were photographed above Earth by either space shuttles or the International Space Station. The big question is whether or not they are truly unidentified objects or if they are more likely reflections from spacecraft windows, meteors or fast-moving spacecraft-generated debris.
Pink UFOs Or Lens Flares?
What appear to be pink-red UFOs are actually lens flares from the Google Earth street view camera as it snapped images in Texas (left) and New Mexico (right).
Lens flares Arizona
These two flying saucer-shaped, pink-colored lens flares were created by the Google Maps camera as it drove through locations in Sedona, Ariz. (left) and Flagstaff, Ariz. (right). The images were snapped in April 2009. Submitted to HuffPost by trenna.
Lens flare Whiteriver, Ariz.
This skybound lens flare was created by a Google Maps camera in June 2008 over Whiteriver, Ariz. Submitted to Huffington Post by Cheryl Weeks.
Lens flare Gulfport, Miss.
This very Earthbound lens flare was created by a Google Maps camera in November 2007 at Gulfport, Miss. Submitted to Huffington Post by Jenni Parker.
Lens flare Eureka Springs, Ark.
This seemingly grounded lens flare was created by a Google Maps camera in January 2008 at Eureka Springs, Ark. Submitted to Huffington Post by SE.
Lens flare Escanaba, Mich.
This lens flare appears to be following a car. The Google Maps image was created in October 2008 at Escanaba, Mich. Submitted to Huffington Post by Mary Robinson.
Cincinnati Skydivers NOT UFOs Sept. 28, 2012
On the night of Sept. 28, 2012, a group of strange-looking lights appeared in the sky near Cincinnati, Ohio. First there was one, then, two, then three lights, slowly descending. It turns out, however, that these lights were originating from a group of skydivers performing a pyrotechnics jump at the La Salle High School homecoming event.
Some UFO sightings may be due to a natural phenomenon known as sprites, like this one shown from 2006. "Lightning from [a] thunderstorm excites the electric field above, producing a flash of light called a sprite," said geophysicist Colin Price.
Clouds: Saucer-shaped or "lenticular" clouds that form at high altitudes have been confused with UFOs.
Blimps or Advertising Balloons
Blimps or advertising balloons: These can look like flying saucers from some angles, especially at night.
Sunken Ship in the Baltic Sea
On June 19th the Swedish-based diving company Ocean Explorer discovered something they've never quite seen before. They were exploring in the Baltic Sea between Sweden and Finland looking for sunken treasures when a very unusual image suddenly appeared on the sonar. A 197 feet diameter cylinder shaped object was discovered at the depth of approximately 275 feet which resembles the Millennium Falcon from the movie Star Wars.
Baltic Sea UFO 1
An image released on June 15, 2012, shows a close-up view of the unidentified object sitting on the bottom of the Baltic Sea.
Baltic Sea UFO 2
Close-up of rock bed that forms the Baltic Sea UFO, which still mystifies researchers.
Baltic Sea UFO 3
One of several odd stone circle formations, sitting on top of the unidentified object at the bottom of the Baltic Sea.
Antarctic UFO -- Aug. 10, 2012
A circular UFO hovers above the Neumayer-Station III research facility in Antarctica on Aug. 10, 2012. Theories ranging from a simple weather balloon to a more elaborate ship from another planet have run the Internet gamut. The next slide shows a closeup of the object.
Antarctic UFO Closeup -- Aug. 10, 2012
This is a closeup of the UFO from the previous slide. No official explanation has been offered about the object.
Manufactured UFO -- 2011
Pictured is a quad copter -- a deliberately manufactured UFO created by special effects wizard Marc Dantonio for a National Geographic special, "The Truth Behind: UFOs," which aired in December 2011. On the left is what the small device looks like resting on the ground, measuring 4 feet in circumference. At right, is how it appeared behind a tree in the night sky.
Police Dashboard Camera In Texas
In February of 2012, this fireball was captured by a Texas police chief's A dashboard camera. F.A.A. say this was probably a meteor, falling to Earth. .
Meteors: Space debris can create a spectacular light show when it burns through the Earth's atmosphere, and sometimes reported as UFOs.
Civilian or Military Aircraft
Civilian or military aircraft: Planes can look mysterious at night or in certain light conditions, thus confusing an observer.