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Investigators claim to have solved mystery of Pentagon UFO footage

By T.K. Randall
October 27, 2023 · Comment icon 34 comments
Still frame from footage of a UFO over the Middle-East.
A still frame from the drone's footage of the UFO. Image Credit: The Pentagon
Investigative journalists have put forward an explanation for the footage shared by AARO earlier this year.
The clip, which shows an unidentified metallic sphere moving at considerable speed over some buildings somewhere in the Middle-East, was shared publicly during the Senate Committee hearing back in April by Dr Sean Kirkpatrick of the All-domain Anomaly Resolution Office.

At the time, the footage generated much intrigue as it seemed to be evidence that UFOs not only existed, but were being officially acknowledged by the US government.

"This is a typical example of a thing we see most of," Kirkpatrick said at the time. "We see these all over the world and we see these making very interesting apparent maneuvers."

"This one in particular, however, I may point out, demonstrated no enigmatic technical capabilities and was no threat to airborne safety."

Fast-forward to the present and now an investigative journalism group known as Bellingcat has put forward its conclusion that the object in the footage is nothing more than a mylar balloon.
To determine this, the investigators attempted to calculate the object's size, speed and distance traveled based on the relative speed and altitude of the drone that captured the footage.

They also determined the exact location that it was filmed at for reference.

If the object was situated at an altitude of approximately 2,000ft, they argued, then it is quite feasible that it was traveling at no more than 27mph.

On top of that, the sighting occurred at the time of a major holiday in Islam during which it is not unusual for balloons to be used.

"So, while it's exciting to imagine a 30 centimeter-wide alien spacecraft flying around the Middle-East, Occam's razor suggests that perhaps we're just looking at a party balloon," the group concluded.

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Comment icon #25 Posted by Trelane 6 months ago
Where my mind goes is where the evidence, facts and logic take me. I know, I know how reasonable of me to think that way. Clearly, you are one of those folks who decides to live in make believe and that's just fine. Again though, your brand is to contribute nothing outside of complaining about others' posts that debunk, disprove or explain items in various threads. So, thus far you've remained on brand. You didn't answer my question though. If it's not a balloon, what is your first, best guess as to what it is then?
Comment icon #26 Posted by ChrLzs 6 months ago
Why are your doubts important?  Do you have relevant expertise and do you understand relative velocities?  Hints - how fast (and in what direction) was the camera-aircraft moving?  What was the camera doing (panning/rotating?) and how would that affect the relative (apparent) velocity of the tracked object over the background scenery?  How does the distance to the object versus the distance to the background affect the calculation?   'Ha!' indeed.  Is it short for half-assed?
Comment icon #27 Posted by Earl.Of.Trumps 5 months ago
1. ChrLzs:  "Why are your doubts important? " -  troll troll troll your boat.. 2. ChrLzs:  "'Ha!' indeed.  Is it short for half-assed?" - and what a wonderful troll you are. Where's the link you're supposed to get???
Comment icon #28 Posted by ChrLzs 5 months ago
If you think I'm trolling, 2 things: 1. Report me, don't whine on thread. 2. Trolls don't normally happily explain why they take a particular view.  And they don't generally ask a series of leading questions (ya know, the ones you completely ignored) that will help you to understand why you are so dead wrong.  So your recognition skills for trolls seem to be similar to your UFO recognition abilities..   Thanks, I guess. Sorry.. in english please?  Obviously I don't get whatever it is you are referring to.
Comment icon #29 Posted by Earl.Of.Trumps 5 months ago
You shifted the conversation to make *me*, being held in ridicule, to be the focal point of the thread, and not the solving of a UFO incident.. That's trolling. You need to be told??    Ohhhhhhh, the ones that I completely ignored! Ya got me on that one, eh.  When you answer MY question that has been out there for a long while, we can converse again. OK?   You  made a statement in here that I called you out on. You said that the belief that UFOs are controlled by Aliens is just about non-existent, or words to that affect. I immediately asked for a link, and you have been in denial about t... [More]
Comment icon #30 Posted by Trelane 5 months ago
Ok then, since one is too afraid to engage in reasonable adult debates, how about you @Earl.Of.Trumps? You game to make a claim what this is? I mean you also seem incredulous at the balloon explanation as well.  So if you like, what is your first best guess at what he item might be? What factors and evidence lead you to your conclusion?
Comment icon #31 Posted by Earl.Of.Trumps 5 months ago
The context is completely lost and I don't what you are talking about (this??) Speaking of games, you have steadfastly refused to name what the 4 objects are in the Salem Coast Guard UFO photo. And...? You expect me to jump??
Comment icon #32 Posted by Trelane 5 months ago
The subject of the OP is the what i am talking about (Mylar balloon). Please try to keep up. I don't expect anything from you. No need to get lathered up son. You take this far too seriously I think. However in response to the other part, I answered and you ignored it.  I'll gladly answer again, lights from an aircraft. Not something affixed to an extraterrestrial craft.
Comment icon #33 Posted by ChrLzs 5 months ago
Thank you for the reply.  I expressed an opinion, and that opinion was NOT the subject of the thread.  That opinion (which you could have refuted by posting a link, I presume...?) could have simply been ignored by you, so as to focus on the claim in the thread.  But anyway, it was not an important claim, just based on my experience here, at metabunk, at astronomy forums and other worldwide publicly accessible 'venues'.  There are only a few hangers-on here (check your 'likes' for an example of one.. or two...  ) So, no I don't have a link - and on that topic if you want to claim a victory... [More]
Comment icon #34 Posted by Trelane 5 months ago
As expected, Earl has no adult response. Just an emoji to signify the immature nature of his thought process and inability to hold a reasonable discussion. Stay golden pony boy. Don't worry others and myself will be here to help others understand the complexities of this topic. Because while there are unidentified items being observed, none are intelligently controlled extraterrestrial craft.

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