The Moon Files


Astronomer observes "Artificial Cave" on surface of The Moon?

February 2003 issue of Sky and Telescope.

Stephen James O'Meara noted, "And so it was on the evening of December 19,1996, when, on a whim,  I turned my 4-inch (10-centimeter) f/5 refractor (telescope) to the Moon at  dusk. The Moon was three days past first quarter, and, despite the visual chaos that marks the day-night terminator, my eye was instinctively drawn to a tiny shadow inside the crater Copernicus. At 23X the interior structure of the crater's north wall looked curious. It was as if someone had spray-painted a spiral pattern, like graffiti, across its face. When I increased the magnification fivefold, the spiral pattern tightened to a dark center that, for all I could tell, was a hole in the crater wall as black as squid ink.
The sight reminded me of one of the high caves occupied by ancient cliff dwellers in the USA's Southwest. 
I immediately began drawing the feature at about 7:50 p.m. Hawaii Standard Time. When I finished, I penned 'the Cave in Copernicus' next to the drawing and called it 'hypnotic!' By 9:30 p.m., the rotation of the Moon had carried the shadow away from the Cave, which lost definition and eventually disappeared. 
Wondering if the same conditions of light and shadow would repeat during the next lunation, I tried, but failed, to see it. In fact, a combination of factors-bad weather, travel plans, wrong Sun illumination angle--prevented me from seeing the Cave again until the evening of January 7, 1998, more than a year after my initial sighting. 
Alas, even on that night I missed the key time to see the Cave by about an hour. 
Although I could see some sections of the spiral structure in the north wall, it was not complete. And the black hole of the Cave, which made my eyes widen with wonder in 1996, was but a bland, rectangular patch of deep penumbra. 
An observation on February 6, 1998 brought further disappointment. This time I could see the outer and inner spiral, but no central cavity--just another penumbral shading. Obviously, seeing the Cave again was not going to be as simple as I thought." Editor's comments:In his article, O'Meara provided a list of dates favourable for seeing the Cave, which may be a natural lunar feature. The most favourable viewing is at the following dates and UTC times:

February 11, 2003 at 18.2 UTC
March 13, 2003 at 8.0 UTC
April 11, 2003 at 20.8 UTC
May 11, 2003 at 8.6 UTC
June 9, 2003 at 19.6 UTC
July 9, 2003 at 6.2 UTC

On November 24, 1966, Lunar Orbiter 2 was 46 kilometres (27 miles) above the Moon's surface, looking north, when it caught a dramatic, oblique view of Copernicus. The crater's central peaks are below centre, and beyond them (on the north wall) is the region of O'Meara's Cave. 

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Revised: 28 Sep 2011 20:40:32 +0100 .


Apollo 11 UFO Encounter


On 20th July, 1969 Neil Armstrong put his left foot on the surface of the  Moon. It was the first human footprint on the Moon.

The crew of Apollo 11 - did they observe a UFO during their mission?

Buzz and Lunar Module.

Buzz Aldrin on surface of Moon.

All photos are by courtesy of NASA.


Television Transcript courtesy of Dave Stone.

On 26 th September 2005 a program called "First on the Moon: The Untold Story" was broadcast by The Science Channel. About 14min 30sec into the program, there was a 3.5 minute segment that described a UFO encounter that Apollo 11 experienced during its flight to the moon.
This was probably the first time that Buzz Aldrin, an Apollo 11 astronaut, had ever publicly recounted any
UFO experience associated with the Apollo 11 moon mission.

There follows a transcription of the UFO segment:
Narrator: But three days and 200,000 miles into the flight, Mission Control did miss the significance of a cryptic message from Apollo 11.

Apollo 11: 'Do you have any idea where the S-IVB is with respect to us?

Mission Control: 'Stand-by'

Narrator: The Crew required information on the current position of the S-IVB, the final stage of the rocket which had been jettisoned away 2 days earlier. This short message hid an extraordinary turn of events: Apollo 11 wasn't alone in space.

Buzz Aldrin: There was something out there that, uh, was close enough to be observed and what could it be?

Narrator: Traveling along side of Apollo 11 was a mysterious object like this one (a ringed object at close range is shown), filmed on a later mission. If it wasn't part of their own rocket, it could only be one thing, a UFO.

Aldrin: Mike (Collins) decided he thought he could see it in the telescope and he was able to do that and when it was in one position, that had a series of ellipses, but when you made it real sharp it was sort of L shaped. That didn't tell us very much.

Dr. David Baker (Apollo 11 Senior Scientist): NASA knew very little about, um, the object reported by the Apollo 11 crew. It was obviously an unidentified flying object, but such objects were not uncommon and the history of even earth orbit space flights going back over the previous years indicated that several crews saw objects.

Narrator: Despite having a clear view of the UFO, the crew were wary of reporting it to Mission Control.

Aldrin: Now, obviously, the three of us were not going to blurt out, 'Hey Houston we got something moving along side of us and we don't know what it is, you know, can you tell us what it is?' We weren't about to do that, cause we know that those transmissions would be heard by all sorts of people and who knows what somebody would have demanded that we turn back because of Aliens or whatever the reason is, so we didn't do that but we did decide we'd just cautiously ask Houston where, how far away was the S-IVB?

Narrator: Unaware of the drama unfolding in space, Mission Control radioed the position back to Apollo 11.

Mission Control: Apollo 11, Houston. The S-IVB is about 6,000 nautical miles from you now, over.

Aldrin: And a few moments later, why they came back and said something like it was 6,000 miles away because of the maneuver, so we really didn't think we were looking at something that far away, so we decided that after a while of watching it, it was time to go to sleep and not to talk about it anymore until we came back and (went through) debriefing.

Narrator: To this day, whatever it was that the crew saw has never been positively identified or officially acknowledged.

Dr. David Baker: There were a lot of people within the program who went off later and became convinced that UFOs existed and that lead to some concern on NASA's part where they got the agreement of the crew never to publicly talk about these things for fear of ridicule.



Short video of orb-shaped object possibly taken during the 1969 Lunar mission. But was it?

Orb 1
Orb 2
Orb-shaped object speeding through space, perhaps filmed during the 1969 Lunar Mission.


Seemingly two bright orbs near the surface of the Moon.
NASA maintained that the orbs were caused by the reflection of instrument panel lights.

During the historic Moon Landing of the summer of 1969 two orbs were captured on film by Armstrong and Aldrin. UFOs or the reflection of the instrument panel?
movie Click Here To Watch The Video

The following comments relating to the above video were received from James Oberg in the course of an emails discussion:

Geoff, i've never heard any NASA spokesman even respond to this video. However, the video sequence IS included in a 1979 compilation film of anomalous visual phenomena put together by Don Piccard at NASA-JSC at my request for use in public talks. My own 'scene list' has the following description:

05;34 to 07:13 These scenes from Apollo-11's 'magazine F' have been widely acclaimed as showing two UFOs following the spacecraft. The film was actually shot by Aldrin in lunar orbit, by accident, as he was attaching the camera to its bracket in the right hand window of the lunar module the day before the landing. As can be seen by viewing the film in motion, the 'objects'
  are smears and glares and reflections -- the two most prominent lights are reflections off of a double-curved surface behind the shoulder of the co-pilot, reflections which the astronauts and ground training personnel were quite familiar with. Yet the photographs were taken by a UFO magazine editor, cropped, contrast-enhanced, and retouched to remove extraneous re­-flections) and were then published as showing UFOs. Some entirely fabricated 'voice transmissions' were added to the hoax to give the aura of authenticity, but these 'transmissions' used jargon and gobbledegook completely different from the terminology employed by real space people. This hoax has been widely accepted as authentic and has appeared in Japanese,
  French, New Zealand, and Russian UFO publications as well as in leading UFO books and magazines in the United States; it is the source of the front-page story of UFOs and Apollo-11 which appeared in a weekly American tabloid newspaper in the summer of 1979. No effort was made by any users of the story to contact NASA and seek alternate explanations for the totally fallacious claims.

Geoff, my homepage link to the CL-862 document has expired, I'm going to post the original document on my site directly -- with the CORRECTION that the apollo-12 light off the moon's limb was NOT 'Earth' as I was told, but has been identified as a mast-mounted reflector for a light for a spacewalk.


Strange Cloud near the Moon?


Copyright G. Jasmin (Reproduced with permission)


Mr. Jasmin is an optical astronomer and prize-wining photographer.
He has a background of being a crime scene artist for the Government of Quebec Provincial Police.



Recently we received the following photos which were taken by an astronomer in Canada. A number of astronomers have examined the photos but cannot come up with an explanation for the strange cloud-like object which appears near the Moon. Perhaps it was just a trail left by an aircraft, at the time of taking the photo another person apparently observed a red cloud near the Moon.

If you have a viable explanation or if you require further information, please contact


Details and coordinates:


-DEC. +45* 42'  30"

-LAT.    73*  56' 15" 

-Greenwich time +04 hour  55'  45"

-Elevation + 68 m. ( 221' 0" )

-pictures take 20 march 2007  19hr 44  to 19hr 50

-Each picture have been exposed 1 second

-With a zoom 300mm on a PENTAX   K-1000

-Film used KODAK 400 ASA

-weather -8

-wind West-East + or - 30 km/hr

-humidity near 65%

-Sky clear.

The following analysis of Guy Jasmin’s photographs was provided by Peter H. Cheasley, an advanced astronomer(Radio) and indicates the presence of a craft-like object.

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Sigma , Construction of.
Level of Importance : Facts surrounding event.

Event: Clouds close to the moon -Photograph Guy Jasmin-March 20  2007 , 04 55 45 UTC

Equipment :  Usual  process followed  by Optic Photographer using film.
Conditions: Suitable for successful photos.
Special consideration none.
Original Pictures-All pictures in the series as expected.
Enhancement-BMP Files sent to Argus Station FN35dm for analysis-Regular routine since 1999
Regular analysis proceedure-Picture sharpened,find lines( structure) and 3 D effect- usual process  with no impairments.
Location Jasmin Observatory


Cloud near moon ship Inverted June 6 2007 soaped
Cloud near moon ship 3D June 6 2007 soaped GR
Cloud near moon ship 3D June 6 2007 GR
Copyright Peter Henry Cheasley
We have had no choice but to convert the graphics to jpeg format. Where this has occurred the suffix GR has been added.
Peter Cheasley is of the opinion that his analysis indicates the presence of a craft-shaped object.The graphics employed indicate the procedures he adopted for his analysis.

Radio Telescope  Detection's during a window of opportunity Feb 3 2007 to April 21 2007
Location FN35dm Argus Station-35 miles south of the Jasmin Observatory
Schedule of Detections:
Feb 3 2007        First of 4 detections of Music from  space Argus Station FN35dm RA 00 Dec +45  3.5 ghz
Mar 20 2007      Jasmin Observatory  Pictures
Mar 30  2007     Detection  RA 06.06 Dec +45  3.5 ghz 7 download detections
April  6 2007      Detection RA 06 06 Dec +45 3.5 ghz approximately . 6 objects  Antenna sweep position
April 21 2007     Detection RA 03 08 Dec +45  3.5ghz  , 6 objects

FN35dm uses a fixed sweep antenna , Frequency 3.5ghz .
Analysis-Conversion of  raw signal into musical notation for exact identification of detection's,

Radio Telescope data extracts    
Detected in  the above markers of enigma  notes ,
Six transmission units using 16 channels and tracks
Two levels of velocity  Over 100 and below 50 Scale 0 to 128  
Individual signal duration  average 0.30 sec.With the exception of the  total 500 pages of music  scores from 4 detection's in three locations

Sigma - Range 0 to 30 (wow signal)
Determined by Argus Station FN35dm  music detection  was rated 20
Signal Detection -not rated
Photographs- not rated


Peter Henry Cheasley

Life Membership of The SETI League  since 1996  
Radio Telescope FN35dm


Copyright Peter Henry Cheasley
Copyright Peter Henry Cheasley

Copyright Peter Henry Cheasley

Copyright Peter Henry Cheasley

Please note that for website efficiency purposes the above graphics have been converted to jpeg format. The original photos are available on request – Geoff Richardson (