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Space station UFO sightings on the rise

Posted on Sunday, 13 January, 2013 | Comment icon 42 comments

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An increasing number of videos and stills showing unknown objects around the ISS have appeared on-line.

So many videos have appeared on Youtube in fact that the process of spotting unidentified extras in pictures and footage of the International Space Station seems to have become a pastime in itself. The trouble is, most of these turn out to be nothing more than pieces of space debris, meteors, light reflections and other innocuous things. It is all too easy to see things flying past or floating around in footage taken from orbit.

"It's good to keep scanning space videos for possible anomalies and reporting them quickly," said former NASA engineer James Oberg. "The reason is, there is always a real chance that it could be a genuine anomaly, either a spacecraft malfunction or other threat, expected or unexpected. In the past, missions have failed because a clue that should have been seen out the window was overlooked."

"As 2012 ended and 2013 began, numerous UFOs were reported around the country -- nothing earthshattering there -- but what about alleged unidentified objects seen in space near the International Space Station (or ISS), a couple of hundred miles above Earth?."

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Comment icon #33 Posted by ad hoc on 14 January, 2013, 9:50
Well, I can't find any info that indicates that there isn't any space junk orbiting near enough to the ISS to be seen, so if you can link that would be good. Point being that most of the debris comes from activity in LEO, destruction of satellites etc sending stuff in every direction, much of which (unless I'm mistaken) ends up in higher orbits than the original orbit of the satellite. So you'd expect some of that debris to by chance end up somewhat relative to the ISS. Now, considering that on a clear night I can see a satellite that is 300km away because it's gleaming... [More]
Comment icon #34 Posted by chopmo on 15 January, 2013, 0:08
DKO do not tarnish Australia with AFL, disgraceful bunch of skirts just jersey slingin eachother, NRL IS THE ONLY WAY!!
Comment icon #35 Posted by Winterwind on 15 January, 2013, 0:55
Indeed. As we've seen in a few shows and movies ships will specifically hide in debris to escape detection.
Comment icon #36 Posted by lost_shaman on 15 January, 2013, 3:21
You could see other actual satellites but not the "billions of bits of junk" you are talking about.
Comment icon #37 Posted by Robbo on 15 January, 2013, 6:38
You would if they caught the sunlight for a brief period.
Comment icon #38 Posted by lost_shaman on 16 January, 2013, 2:51
When the orbits take then through the day side they do get sunlight but you still can't see them because of several reasons. They are too small and distant, their relative speeds are too great, the ambient light conditions are not condusive to visual sightings of these small very fast and distant orbital debris. Bullets and much larger projectiles from cannons also catch and reflect sulight but you can not see them and these are objects that are relatively large and relatively slow, many times slower than orbital debris, and they are completely invisible to the human eye during their tr... [More]
Comment icon #39 Posted by NineDream on 16 January, 2013, 3:43
when will somone actually get footage of a ufo close-up. Every photo/vid on ufo's are always the same.. Out of focus or so far away we dont see anything.
Comment icon #40 Posted by Slave2Fate on 16 January, 2013, 3:50
Reminds me of Bigfoot.
Comment icon #41 Posted by JimOberg on 16 January, 2013, 4:46
So -- you want to believe that because the available evidence is poor, this suggests that better evidence is hidden? How about a simpler explanation -- there IS no 'better' video and imagery. What's the evidence for the former hypothesis?
Comment icon #42 Posted by -M7 on 21 January, 2013, 4:11
Must distinguish space-junk from UFOs in order to clarify.

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