The UFO Phenomenon
Ball lightning 'UFO' filmed over Canberra
By T.K. Randall
January 6, 2016 · 37 comments
The object lit up the Canberra skyline. Image Credit: YouTube / Johnson Thompson
A strange light filmed over the Australian capital is thought to have been a rare case of ball lightning.
The footage, which was originally uploaded on January 3, was initially labelled by the media as evidence of a UFO, but once weather experts had weighed in on the recording it became apparent that what the uploader had actually captured on film was a rare meteorological phenomenon.
"Normally lightning strikes up and down hitting the ground, but ball lightning is a weird thing where it appears as a ball explosion, sometimes it can even move around in the sky," said astronomer Brad Tucker from the Australian National University. "It's always hard to discredit aliens, but I think they would probably visit somewhere more active than Canberra."
The video, which can be viewed below, has received almost 200,000 hits since appearing online.
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