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UFO? Not really

It’s a bird, it’s a plane – no really, it was a plane. A video uploaded on Youtube on Oct. 3 showed a set of lights hanging in the sky above Thunder Bay.
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This screen grab of a Youtube video shows what some believe is a UFO flying over Thunder Bay. The reason the object is unidentifiable however, could be the lack of focus of the camera. A local astronomer says the frames that are in focus clearly show that the object is an airplane. (Jeff Labine, tbnewswatch.com)

It’s a bird, it’s a plane – no really, it was a plane.

A video uploaded on Youtube on Oct. 3 showed a set of lights hanging in the sky above Thunder Bay.

The camera repeatedly zoomed in and out to get a better picture of the craft, causing the lights on the aircraft to become distorted at times. The description on the page says the object appeared out of “nowhere, moved slightly from right to left, hovered for a moment then moved closer” to the couple videotaping.

“It’s huge,” the woman on the video said. “I’m super freaked out right now.”

Local interest in the video increased after a local blogger embedded the Youtube link.

But while the object might not be easily identifiable to some, Dave Gallant, a Thunder Bay Astronomers spokesman, said it clearly looks like an airplane when the camera briefly comes into focus.

“I even watched the slowed down version,” Gallant told tbnewswatch.com on Tuesday.

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“Toward the end of the video everything kind of came into focus. You can see the red lights and the green lights. When you look at the slowed down version you can actually make out the top light too. It’s a pretty slam dunk airplane.”

Gallant said he guessed people jump to the conclusions that they do because of what they see in the media and in movies.

People have an innate desire to think that there are other beings out there, he added.

In most cases, what people are seeing are optical illusions based on what angle they are seeing the lights from. Gallant said even he has to look twice when he sees a bright light in the night’s sky.

“It looks like a bright, bright star,” he said. “Especially if it is coming straight for you and its landing lights are on and it does look like it doesn’t move.

“I have to do a double take because I know there shouldn’t be a star at that point in the sky.”

 





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