Three videos of a UFO hovering over Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem sparked a flurry of speculation on the Internet this week. Today, an incredible fourth video appeared.
YouTube is flooded with videos of alleged UFO sightings - usually isolated incidents captured by a single cameraman that seem just as likely to be hoaxes manipulated with Adobe Aftereffects, or helicopters recorded by UFO tinfoilers too eager to spot something out of the ordinary. But the Jerusalem videos have the Internet buzzing because it is especially rare to have an alleged UFO sighting captured by multiple witnesses. The fourth video above has only deepened the discussion after the story was initially dismissed as a likely hoax.
The first two videos appear to capture the event by two different witnesses standing at a distance on a balcony. The second witness is standing in the foreground of the first video capturing the event on his phone; the second video purports to show the event as captured on his phone:
Then, a third video appeared allegedly shot by witnesses standing very close to the object. The consensus seems to be that this was an obvious fake - computer animation on a still photo of Dome of the Rock. The way the lighting flares appear stationary and don't vary with the movements of the camera support this theory - as well as the the obvious pixelization when the camera zooms in on the dome. Despite all of these crude elements, whoever made the video obviously put a lot of effort to try to coax believable reactions out of a crowd of "witnesses". Not too over the top - hey, they have UFOs in Mississippi too, apparently! Just like McDonald's and Wal-Mart.
There are rumors that this is all an elaborate viral marketing ploy for the upcoming UFO movie The Battle of Los Angeles. Very possible, but UFO videos are treated with such inherent skepticism, why muddle the believability of the story with a video of such questionable legitimacy? Most likely, the third video was done by someone with Adobe Aftereffects and too much time on their hands. Way to ruin the fun, trolls!
The fourth video (up top) also captures the event up close, but this one seems a little more legit. The lighting is more natural, and the city at least, appears real. But I suppose we'll never know what's real anymore. Thanks for crushing our dreams Adobe!
The irony is, with so many people walking around now with video cameras in their pockets, we're more likely than ever to capture solid evidence of something that would have previously been dismissed as unbelievable (or relegated to a 10 pm airing of Unsolved Mysteries). At the same time, we're less likely than ever to believe what we see. The aliens! They're everywhere!