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UFOs Filmed Over London — Or Not

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For extraterrestrials notoriously shy about making their presence known to Earthlings, they have been making more and more appearances in home videos over the past six months.

One of the most famous was the UFO that appeared over the Dome of the Rock, an Islamic shrine in Jerusalem, on January 28. Discovery News writer Ian O’Neill published one of the first analyses of the video (based in part on my own investigation), demonstrating that it was “almost certainly a hoax.”

A more comprehensive analysis by the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON), one of the oldest, largest, and most respected UFO investigation organizations in the world, also later concluded that it was faked.

A few months later, on April 21, another ‘alien’ home video surfaced. This one, allegedly taken in Russia, showed two young men finding an alien body on a rural, snowy farm. It, too, was soon revealed to be a hoax.

Now, right on schedule, comes yet another UFO home video, this one taken in London, England. According to a report in the Daily Mail:

“In the video, the cameraman runs towards the corner of Bolsover Street and Clipstone Street where two other men are already standing, gazing skywards, one of whom is using a mobile phone camera. As the camera is pointed upwards, over the BBC’s Yalding House, three white dots flash across the sky at great speed in a triangle formation, they are very quickly followed by two similar sized white dots. As the camera pans down again, two people on the opposite side of the road can also been seen watching events unfold above them. Then one larger, bright and more slow moving disc-shaped white object appears, circles around briefly and zips off.”

The video, one of at least two similar videos, was posted to YouTube last week and soon went viral over the Web, stirring interest and controversy among believers and skeptics alike.

Though evidence may eventually validate the video, a preliminary analysis strongly suggests that this video, like the others, is a hoax. For one thing, it’s not clear who shot the video, or even when; anonymous eyewitnesses are a red flag.

Furthermore, the UFOs (like the one that appeared in the hoaxed Jerusalem video) are very easy to fake with video-editing software, mere spots of light without structure or detail.

Adding fuel for the skeptical grist, it seems that no one else on the busy London street near the British Broadcasting Building saw the many bright glowing objects in the sky. Logic suggests that there would have been thousands of eyewitnesses, yet the cameraman captured an event that apparently no one else saw.

It’s also suspicious that though the video shows others recording the amazing event, no other photos or videos from the same angle have surfaced. Surely one of the other UFO eyewitnesses present (and seen in the video) would have come forward in the past weeks to sell their own photographs or videos to a newspaper or television station — perhaps the BBC would be interested, since it occurred above their building.

Faked UFO videos may be fun for hoaxers (or as viral marketing), but even many people firmly convinced that UFOs are real are getting tired of the hoaxes. After all, how will we know when the real UFO videos surface? No one likes to be fooled, and the best preventative is to examine all the evidence with a sense of history and a skeptical eye.

 

Via Discovery

Extraordinary images from space shows Britain in a whole new light

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Twinkling brightly in a sea of lights, this is Britain as you’ve never seen her before.

An astronaut orbiting 230 miles above Earth aboard the International Space Station (ISS) took advantage of a clear night in the skies to snap this incredible photo.

The sprawling metropolises of London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle and Glasgow are revealed in a dazzling spread of yellow light.

Britain by night: Italian astronaut Paolo Nespoili took this photo on a clear night while orbiting 230miles above Earth aboard the International Space Station

Britain by night: Italian astronaut Paolo Nespoili took this photo on a clear night while orbiting 230miles above Earth aboard the International Space Station.

Towns across the UK can also be seen as small patches of light, while some of the busiest motorways appear as thin, spidery lines.

The image was taken by Italian astronaut Paolo Nespoli.

The 54-year-old captured the image – and others of a similar nature, including a close-up of Ireland and Northern Ireland – shortly before he left the space station for the trip back to Earth last month.

Nespoli was a crew member of Expedition 27 alongside Russian Commander Dmitry Kondratyev and Nasa astronaut Cady Coleman.

The trio began their mission with the departure of the Soyuz TMA-20 spacecraft on in December 2010 and spent six months on the ISS working on microgravity experiments.

Capital close-up: London can be seen in all her glory, including the M25 ring road

Capital close-up: London can be seen in all her glory, including the M25 ring road

They landed in Kazakhstan on May 24, days before Endeavour concluded its final mission on June 1. Endeavour was on the next-to-last mission of Nasa’s 30-year space shuttle programme.

Nasa’s shuttle fleet is retiring after one last flight next month with a load of supplies for the station.

Commander Mark Kelly, Italian astronaut Roberto Vittori and Endeavour’s four other astronauts – Gregory Johnson, Michael Fincke, Greg Chamitoff and Andrew Feustel – had returned to Earth after 16 days in space of repairs at International Space Station.

The crew installed a $2billion cosmic ray detector, an extension beam and a platform full of spare parts, enough to keep the station operating in the shuttle-less decade ahead.

Belfast, Dublin and Cork are prominent in this image of Ireland and Northern Ireland

Belfast, Dublin and Cork are prominent in this image of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

The $2.2billion ship, the youngest of the shuttles with 123 million miles over 25 flights, is now bound for the California Space Center in Los Angeles.

Nasa is leaving the Earth-to-orbit business behind to focus on expedition to asteroids and Mars.
Private companies hope to pick up the slack for cargo and crew hauls to the space station.

Until then, Americans will continue hitching rides to the station aboard Russian Soyuz capsules at the cost of tens of millions of dollars a seat.

The ISS and the docked Endeavour in orbit over Earth. Nespoli's photo, taken last month, was the first taken of a shuttle docked at the ISS from the perspective of a Russian Soyuz spacecraft

The ISS and the docked Endeavour in orbit over Earth. Nespoli’s photo, taken last month, was the first taken of a shuttle docked at the ISS from the perspective of a Russian Soyuz spacecraft.

 

Via DailyMail