UFO watchers have bizarrely claimed an alien craft has been spotted over New York in new amateur footage.
UFO enthusiasts have excitedly shared video supposedly showing a tic tac shaped alien vessel over Albany, New York. Alien life conspiracy theorist Scott Waring took to his blog etdatabase.com to speculate wildly about the amateur video.
He said: “This UFO was seen over Albany, New York yesterday.
This UFO was seen over Albany, New York yesterday
“The glowing white object is disk shaped and can be seen waving slightly as it’s moving forward at the end of the video.
“The object is incredibly bright, strangely so since it’s daytime and it should be more visible, but isn’t.
“These kind of UFOs often dart from cloud to cloud, but when there are less clouds and a bright blue sky background they get easily seen.”
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However, there is a far more rational explanation for the white speck seen travelling in a straight line.
The object is almost certainly a plane or other form of manmade aircraft.
And the so-called UFO incident is yet another example of pareidolia.
Pareidolia is the phenomenon of recognising objects or patterns in otherwise random or unrelated objects.
This is a form of apophenia, a more general term for the human tendency to seek patterns in random information.
The US space agency NASA said: “Pareidolia is the psychological phenomenon where people see recognizable shapes in clouds, rock formations, or otherwise unrelated objects or data.
“There are many examples of this phenomenon on Earth and in space.”
The UFO sighting was originally reported to MUFON or the Mutual UFO Network, an international group analysing UFO sightings and reports.
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An eyewitness said: “I was sitting on my front steps when something caught my attention.
“A small tic tac shaped object streaking across the sky.
“I just watched it for a few seconds before I realised I could film it with my phone.
“It was closer than it looks in the video. Just over the top of the church.”
The clip quickly garnered scores of comments on Mr Waring’s YouTube channel.
One viewer appeared convinced by the video, saying: “When will people notice the difference between alien-and man(woman) made?”
However, many more people were left unimpressed, as one person said: “Aliens and UFOs do not exist, it’s just a weather balloon.”