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“UFO” live on BBC Breakfast News?

“Is it a bird? Is it a plane? An unidentified flying object is spotted by a BBC Look North webcam.” – BBC, Daily Mail, Sun

Though Nick Pope has already termed it “a genuine mystery”, as in previous cases the explanation here may be very mundane. Not a bird, not a plane but…

Let’s take a look first at another “mysterious” footage captured in Brazil in 2001. Notorious spiritualist leader Chico Xavier was hospitalized, and a cameraman captured a quick pair of lights that seemed to come from the sky directly to the window of Xavier’s room!

Shortly after this phenomenon was captured, Xavier’s health got “miraculously” better. He identified the light as the spirit of his own mother. Obviously, for a spiritualist leader, the light was a spirit.

Around a year later Xavier passed away, and local TV show Fantástico had the footage analyzed by the occasion. They quoted Ricardo Bárthem, physicist at the Rio de Janeiro Federal University:

“The most probable hypothesis is that it was a lens effect, as it’s not a light coming from the sky that was cast in the building, it’s not something bright wandering around that space. It seems to me it’s due to a moving object off camera, something that went around, reflecting the sunlight. The Sun is behind the building, so it’s shining over a car, something that passed behind the camera.”

That is, the moving specks of light are internal reflections of intense sources of light in movement off-camera, which were not recorded in the videos but were captured by the most external lenses of the camera. Probably not a bird, not a plane, just reflections.

Or perhaps it’s a coincidence that both Xavier’s “spiritual” light and BBC’s “alien” light were captured in the morning, with the Sun still low in the sky.

Considering these two cases are indeed simply reflections from the sun into windshields or some other surface, it’s interesting that the exact same original phenomenon is interpreted in completely different terms according to the social context.

At the hospital where a religious leader is being treated, the lights are understood and promoted by the general media as a possible spiritual manifestation. At a morning live TV show, they are classified as UFOs even by BBC.

Why a UFO couldn’t visit a religious leader in the hospital or the spirit or that leader’s mother couldn’t appear at a morning British TV show are questions only an inconvenient skeptic would ask.

Either way, both are very similar and could be explained as reflections of the Sun, making those considerations unnecessary.

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5 Comments so far

  1. Blinde Schildpad August 8th, 2009 6:33 am

    Both look like reflections on strands of spider silk to me. That stuff can float anywhere.

  2. Joe August 9th, 2009 4:18 pm

    I usually agree with all of your analysis, but this does not appear to be a light reflection of any type whatsoever. It appears as a “cohesive” unit with definition, like “engineered light.” Closely examining the movement of this light object shows that it is actually traversing space, not reflecting off of something.

  3. max August 9th, 2009 4:56 pm

    on first film is UFO and on two fims this is RODS

  4. Ian September 25th, 2009 7:38 pm

    These are called rods. They are only seen in film, they are caused by insects flying infront of the camera.

  5. Rumtopf March 12th, 2013 7:05 am

    Ian has it. That’s just how insects can appear on camera, their bodies blurred and seemingly elongated. You can even see the undulations of the wings. Flap your hand in front of your face very fast to see a similar effect.

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