Pop, you’re wrong. First of all, it’s not flying. And second, it’s now been identified. What Carter saw was a Misidentified Object.
Second, many people commonly if erroneously use UFO to mean “flying saucer” or “alien spacecraft”. The term has become synonymous, even if the original acronym was more precise, accurate, and less specific.
Scupper, pictures won’t do it justice. Well, I’m sure someone could pop up with a telephoto lens (or even a camera on their telescope, come to think of it) and show you a pic with Venus looming large, but using a straight lens without magnafication won’t do it. However, it will misrepresent what you perceive. It’s a trick of the brain in perception that is not a purely optical effect. It is the same phenomenon of the full moon looking very huge in the sky. Have you ever tried to take a picture of the full moon? You see this huge object in the sky and think it will look great, you snap a few shots. When you get them back, all you see is a tiny white dot in the mostly black sky. Your brain has the ability to limit your view, to concentrate on the one item of interest and emphasize it. But the camera can’t pick that up. The same thing happens with planets like Venus. They appear bright and large, but it is perception and not necessarily an optical effect.
sford, I am extremely familiar with that method of making the moon move. As I child, sometimes when riding in a car at night I would watch the moon and be amazed at how it appeared to follow us around. Even after I knew it was all illusion, that the moon wasn’t moving but the scenery between me and it was and that caused the effect, I would still find it mesmerizing.