Short version: On January 28, 2011, a globe of light falls from the sky until it hovers right above the Dome of the Rock, waits for a while, then shoots up, up and away, at unreasonable speed. This is documented by two guys from slightly different angles. Then a third video comes which is then promptly debunked as a hoax. Then a fourth video surfaces which seems to match the first two. Aliens? Secret Military Tech? Hoax? You be the judge:
http://www.aolnews.com/2011/02/02/close ... salem-ufo/
But are these videos real or faked? It's causing quite an online ruckus as people debate the issue of what really occurred in the early morning on Friday.
The first video that emerged shows a bright object hovering over the Dome of the Rock and slowly descending until it stops above the shrine. After a few moments, there's a flash of light from the area surrounding the religious structure, and the UFO suddenly shoots straight up in the air. When the camera pans up, several red lights or objects can be seen rotating clockwise in the sky.
The interesting thing about this video is the presence of a man in the foreground who is also filming the UFO with a cell phone. And his version of the UFO activity showed up on YouTube the day after the first video.
What seems to help the credibility of these two videos is the fact that they were shot by two different people and at slightly different angles and they reveal the same unusual event.
It's what the skeptics always call for: corroboration.
But then a third video emerged, from a much closer proximity to the Dome of the Rock, showing a close-up of the UFO as it stopped in the air and its subsequent rapid acceleration straight up.
Also, all three videos include the audio reaction of people who witnessed this UFO encounter, especially their responses when the object suddenly shot up in the air.
So what's the problem, you might ask? Here are at least three different videos presented by different people from different angles. Isn't this excellent proof of something extraordinary being documented?
The Dome of the Rock is a major Islamic landmark located at the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. Did cameras capture UFOs appearing over the shrine?
There are some who don't agree. And it seems that the third video -- the close-up one -- is coming under the most skeptical attacks. One analysis suggests that the audio track was, in fact, edited from several different tracks and laid over the video to make it seem as if there were people there.
In addition, there is criticism that this same video isn't even a video -- that it's actually a still photo onto which the UFO was digitally placed. The same critique as above points out that if you look carefully at the so-called video, you'll notice right away that, other than the UFO in question, there is no movement of anything else, i.e. traffic, people, even the twinkling of street lights.
But let's at least try to give this incident some kind of broader context. If any of it sounds even vaguely familiar, it's probably because of another UFO sighting last week in Utah where three red lights were reported and videotaped in the night sky, and these objects were seen dropping bright white flarelike objects to the ground.
With the proliferation of video cams and cell phone cams, sure, there's much more opportunity for people to capture unusual things seen in the sky. Even die-hard skeptics cry out for photographic evidence taken by different people from different angles.
While this Jerusalem sighting certainly meets that criteria, it's not as simple as saying, "See, there's the proof you need. Aliens are visiting us, and we can see it from three angles."
It will most likely be awhile before the Jerusalem UFO story reaches its conclusion -- many more people will be chiming in on YouTube or UFO blogs, picking apart every frame and pixel and shadow and movement in these videos.
And the likely outcome will probably be as it's always been with this subject: no definitive answer will come forward to satisfy everyone.
Unless "they" decide to land on the White House lawn for all to see and are willing to pose for photo ops with any and all camera buffs -- at least those who are able to get past the main gate at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
YouTube time sync of the three "good" videos: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mHSqRKmhQcs
Debunking attempts and discussion at HowStuffWorks:
http://blogs.howstuffworks.com/2011/01/ ... y-28-2011/