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“Only” a weather balloon

“A very intriguing UFO filmed on July 1st 2001 in Moscow. The incredible morphing or fading of the craft, as well as the sudden appearance, intensification and color change in the dual lights is quite unique. Although the beginning of the film looks to be a weather balloon. The latter parts of the video do not necessarily display characteristics common to such man-made devices.”

But it is indeed a “weather” balloon. As fellow Luis Eduardo Pacheco, from Stratocat, points out:

It’s clearly a stratospheric balloon without its payload, which explains why it has a variable center of gravity. Even then, one can notice it’s under considerable stress that deforms it after releasing its payload and going over its maximum flying altitude, with lower pressures… If it had been filmed at noon instead of at sunset it wouldn’t have taken much time to blow up because of the heating of helium or hydrogen. Given the time of the year, it was probably launched from Kamchatka“.

Now, that’s to show that “weather” balloons sightings need not be boring at all. [via Marcianitos]

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  1. Stephen Saunders February 4th, 2010 12:11 am

    The explanation seems plausible, but it contains some anomalies. First, the video was shot at 4.30am – sunrise, not sunset. And Kamchatka is an unlikely launch site, being 6800 miles from Moscow.

  2. Keith Basterfield November 19th, 2010 9:36 pm


    Great post. I have been taking a look at Australian UFO reports in the files of the Royal Australian Air Force. Some of these seem to be caused by stratospheric balloons. Please take a look at my posts at:


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