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UFO Beams around the World? Solved

In the video above, captured December 19, 2007, in Rosario, Argentina, you can see a flying luminous object that seems to zap some vertical beams to the ground (at 0:26, for instance). ufo_beam_s

“I filmed it with a friend’s cell phone in Rosario, after exiting Alto Rosario shopping mall. … Upon watching the video closely I realized that the strange light, which many people saw and thought was a satellite, fired beams to the ground”, the witness told a local investigator, who quickly pronounced that “we know about these UFOs that fire beams to the ground. It happened in Germany and the UK. Thus, when he sent me the video, I couldn’t believe it; it’s something different from what we are used to see. Those are laser-like beams. The boy recorded five beams”, she stated to a local radio show. [source]

She nearly got it, at least when comparing the beams to lasers. Keep reading for the solution to this and many other cases around the world.


Above, the British case, captured in Bristol this past November. We ranted about the case at the time, suggesting that the beams were “simply pixel blooming or bleeding. It occurs when sources of light exceed the full well capacity (the electron-holding capacity) of the pixels on which they are being recorded. As a light-gathering pixel exceeds its capacity to hold captured photons, the excess energy spills over into the adjacent pixel (or pixels, if the second pixel also fills to its capacity). This spillover, called “blooming,” produces a spike of light.”

And few things are better to exceed the “full well capacity of the pixels” than recording the Sun directly:

The beams seen above, however, extend both above and below the light source, which is different from the effect mistaken for “UFO beams”. Is this evidence the UFO beams are real? Or are they produced by different electronic sensors?

To test this issue “highlander2008” from the ATS forum filmed “distant street lighting at night”. With his mobile phone, a Nokia 6300, with a CMOS sensor. And, surprise! His footage shows exactly the same effect.

He posted another video that also shows a red beam, also from the street lights. “Recent UFO footage is no more than this very common digital camera effect”, he reasonably concluded. Cheap, CMOS cell phone camera sensors apparently react this way to excessive light.



None of this may be convincing to some, after all, streetlights may show the same effect but this doesn’t prove the UFOs were not real. What were they?

Fortunately, the British case in Bristol was solved. Michael Naisbitt from UFO-Blog.com informed me that all suggested the lights were aircraft landing lights.

In fact, the video was captured near Bristol International Airport, and neither the local police nor the air traffic controllers “noticed any unusual activity”.

That’s strange given the UFOs were apparently over them, but not so strange if you realize the UFOs were common aircrafts. The witnesses living nearby Hartcliffe “pinpointed the lights as being close to a radio mast on Dundry Hill”, and that’s exactly in the direction of Bristol Airport.


As British researcher Martin Shough also noted, “the winds were unusually opposite to the prevailing direction. Planes would have been brought in on approach from the opposite direction to normal – straight into the camera.”

“So this could perhaps also explain why the witnesses didn’t recognize them as such because due to this reversed flight-approach (which is something of a rarity) then it would place the planes in an unfamiliar position in the sky and at an angle that is not instantly recognizable by them”, Naisbitt added.

Distant aircraft heading straight towards (or away from) the observer with their bright light may seem perplexing, just as in Chile recently, and the lights would have the intensity to overload the cell phone camera sensors to create the “laser beams to the ground”.

But if there’s still a doubt, let’s go back to Argentina.



Just a week ago, Alto Rosario shopping mall was again the stage for new UFO sightings. With new videos. New reports. But apparently the same old UFOs, including the same “laser beams”.

As Visón OVNI reported (in Spanish), the new UFO show was particularly interesting because, besides the videos, we had the reports of “traffic lights stopping at red and cell phones of the witnesses who tried to captured the object having their screens turning grey and batteries discharged.”


But straight to the solution to this case, the UFO was nothing more than a small set of lights suspended by a kite. Here’s what happened:

Upon hearing about the alleged UFO over the shopping mall in December 2007, the kite enthusiasts group Rosario Vuela was reminded that “in that date we were making night flights at the park [near the mall]”. Night flights with their kites fitted with lights, which made they wonder if the beam zapping UFO wasn’t nothing more than one of their toys.

“But something was amiss: in the video we could see that the light zapped a series of ‘laser beams’. What about it?”. And then the group decided to conduct an experiment, launching their kite at night at the same park, over the same mall. And the rest, as they say, is history, which you can read, in Spanish, in “Vuelos nocturnos y el misterio de los O.V.N.Is en Rosario”.


The luminous object is just 20 cm in diameter with 25 white LEDs, powered by 4 AA batteries. It was mistaken as a UFO, overloading some cell phone cameras, creating strange image artifacts mistaken for “laser beams”, mystifying dozens.


But not everyone. Interestingly, during the show some witnesses at the mall realized the line connecting to the “UFO”, followed it to its origin at the park and found the group calmly controlling everything. As the Rosario Vuela group clarifies, “not at any moment were we hiding under a tree or something like that. We were at the park, besides the road, with our families, bags, cars and seats”


They also clarify that:

“Not at any moment, due to this activity, were the traffic lights affected. It’s common for them after midnight to remain in yellow or red.

No cell phone or similar electronic object was affected directly by this activity. If their batteries were dead, it was because they weren’t recharged.

This was no marketing ploy. Neither was it made to make money, we are a group of friends who gather to play with kites, and each one of us have our own resources for this hobby.

At no moment we intended to disrespect anyone, play with the public opinion, generate false hope or deceive the masses. We simply do our things, which many people around the world also do in a similar fashion, and it ended up being seen by many, becoming a nice light show and for some, a UFO or extraterrestrial spaceship.”

It’s a perfect case. It was not a planned hoax, originally. Their playing with kites and lights at night in 2007 was mistaken for a UFO, and only recently, upon discovering the error, the group decided to check if their toys were indeed the culprit.

And upon repeating the events, they confirmed their suspicions. It doesn’t take much more than a kite and a few lights to generate a fuss.

“Experts” saw laser beams, and people promptly associated midnight deactivated traffic lights and discharged electronics for strange effects from the UFO. Some even claimed to have seen the beams wit the naked eye.

All those mystified just had to follow the line to find their answer. Some did exactly that. Most didn’t. [via MarcianitosVerdes]

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