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UFO photos: Viborg "Jellyfish"

Location: Viborg, Jutland, Denmark
Date: November 17, 1974

Viborg UFO

It all happened on a Sunday morning, when Mr. Laursen went on a walk with his dog. He liked taking photos of birds near the lake, and took his color 35mm camera with him. Then, he suddenly saw an enormous object in the air, got his camera and managed to take a shot. The captured image, in Kodacolor film, would be one of the most curious physical evidence of UFOs.
In 1979 the case was publicized on UFO-Kontakt magazine, where an analysis declared the object a “typical” alien spaceship encircled by a cloud. Many other publications around the world would go further claim that the flying saucer was camouflaging itself as a cloud, probably because there were “key NATO bases” in the area.

Cloud ringsComments: In 1993, artist Ned Kahn, who has among his interactive creations a three meter high mini-tornado in the World Financial Center in New York, created “Cloud Rings”, which you can see at right. A strange fog cloud is expelled from the central hole of a drum. A quick look at it may cause an instant dejá vù.

Kahn’s cloud ring is a stable toroidal vortex. They are better known as “smoke rings” created by smokers throughout history.

Both in its discoidal, seemingly solid upper form, as in its more loose lower appearance, Kahn’s vortex is an exact reproduction of the UFO photographed on that cold morning in 1974. The only difference is the scale, which suggests that the danish UFO was created by a very big sort of “drum”.

Ole Henningsen, of SUFOI (Scandinavian UFO Information), actually investigated this case, interviewing the main witness, and locating the exact place and direction in which the photo was taken. And he discovered that the photo almost captured the Houlkærvænget heating center, which is directly below the UFO-cloud photographed. The sight of these curious smoke clouds were not very uncommon when the boilers were being cleaned.

The Viborg UFO photo is therefore explained, and has little to do with NATO installations or alien spaceships camouflaging themselves as clouds.

This UFO didn’t turn into vapor. It already was.

See: Os OVNIs de Vórtice (in Portuguese) for more details.

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  1. fight evil December 22nd, 2007 7:59 pm

    It still doesn’t look at all like the first photo… does it to you?

  2. Damn Data March 12th, 2008 12:53 am

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  3. Steve O'Rourke July 19th, 2008 4:36 am

    Sorry, but I don’t buy the “explanation”. The discoid shape has a solidity to it that the toroid does not, and no smoke ring I’ve ever seen has had a dark band ringing it.

  4. patrick September 29th, 2008 7:28 am

    The Viborg UFO explanation of it being boilers cleaned sounds feasable , though not proved. Are there any records from the factory telling us that they in deed cleaned their boilers on this particular day?

    Also there does seem to be some physicaity to the this photograph.

    Still unexplained due to lack of evidence of it not being a UFO

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  6. Syd June 23rd, 2009 1:22 am

    Sorry, but the UFO is not explained by this. They are clearly two different things. The object in question is clearly solid, and exhibiting signs of being supercooled, perhaps -200 C. or less. This has been observed elsewhere, in videos of strange craft suddenly appearing.

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  9. Ralston Purina January 16th, 2010 11:06 am

    Never seen a vortex with a dark band clearly through the center.

  10. Mori January 16th, 2010 1:14 pm

    Have you ever seen a vortex that big? While it would be nice to see if the dark band is indeed due to the scale of the vortex, or some other reason, the fact it appeared right above the heating plant and other people reported seeing vortexes in other occasions is quite conclusive.

  11. bigbang January 30th, 2010 6:47 am

    very very vety very good.
    bravo.
    from iran karaj city

  12. shannon boushon July 9th, 2012 11:41 am

    I seen something exactly like this flying over the great lakes in March.

  13. Chris Jensen October 14th, 2012 3:27 am

    Last November 18th, 2011 I had a similar experience but on a much larger scale. I walked out my backdoor which faces east toward Riverside, CA about 1.5 miles high, 3 to 6 miles away was a jellyfish hovering in the air. It was early evening, still light outside. No clouds. A clear unobstructed view for almost 10 minutes. Without anything in the air next to it to use as a reference, I estimated it to be overall about the size of the LA Coliseum. It was translucent with an orange and pink glow. It had 5 or 6 Octopus type tentacles under it that were wildly and erratically kicking the entire time. It seemed to be necessary for both lift and stability. I do refer to it as a UFO, but it was absolutely a living being. I pulled my neighbor from her apartment to witness it since I had no camera handy and I’m so glad that I did. Because it’s one thing to tell people you saw a flying metal disk. It’s quite another to say you seen a giant flying Jellyfish. I did report this sighting to Mufon. It was absolutely incredible and phenomenal… and it was very real.
    I have found a few videos and pics online. And have found related info under the subjects ‘atmospheric beasts’ and ‘air kraken’. Also by searching using these terms and combinations of these terms… jellyfish ufo, jellyfish ovni, flying jellyfish, biological ufo.

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