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Re: 'Snowflake' Video From South America

From: Kentaro Mori <kentaro.mori.nul>
Date: Fri, 24 Aug 2012 13:53:00 -0300
Archived: Sat, 25 Aug 2012 05:32:58 -0400
Subject: Re: 'Snowflake' Video From South America

>>From: Steve Sawyer <stevesaw.nul>
>>To: <post.nul>
>>Date: Tue, 21 Aug 2012 10:17:30 -0700
>>Subject: Re: 'Snowflake' Video From South America

>>>From: Martin Shough <parcellular.nul>
>>>To: <post.nul>
>>>Date: Mon, 20 Aug 2012 12:41:39 +0100
>>>Subject: 'Snowflake' Video From South America


>>>Subtracting the erratic camera motion and measuring the position
>>>of the light relative to the house window, I think the object
>>>seems to drift slowly up and to the left over the rooftop during
>>>the video. This makes me think of a bright star or planet. But
>>>of course with no direction or time information to go on it's
>>>hard to say.  The pattern of lights hints at some optical or
>>>video artefact but I haven't seen an effect exactly like this
>>>before. Any thoughts?

>>Very odd. Note the geometric pattern of smaller lights
>>surrounding the central light. Assuming, for the time being,
>>that this is prosaic, the only thing I could think of was a
>>tethered balloon with some kind of LED rig attached.

>That would be my initial guess as well.  I've seen similar stuff
>at the Burning Man Festival.  I don't think it a hoax of the
>cameraman, just a prosaic, human-made group of lights seen at
>night, therefore the cameraman was unable to see such things as
>a balloon that is suspending it.

I agree, incidents involving fake "UFOs" which are in fact LED
lights suspended by kites are somewhat common in South America.

See this 2007 case in Rosario Argentina (scroll down):


And this quite elaborate one in Brazil, from Embu
das Artes in 2011, exposed as a rig from the beggining by late
Ufologist Claudeir Covo (the videos are now offline, but a search
for the Embu das Artes UFO will quickly return several results):


The region where the video pointed by Martin was shot seems to
be a place where UFO interest is very high. One can find several
UFO videos on Youtube, by different groups of people, by
searching fro "Palmira UFOs". That also includes this joke:


Though the pattern of lights do look like an optical artifact
(or a deliberate optical effect), I'm more inclined to view it
as a rig of LED lights in exactly that pattern, suspended by a
kite (or possibly a balloon).

The cameraman may or may not have been involved in the prank,
but it very probably is just a prank. With a LED lights.


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