A video taken of the Antarctic research station Neumayer-Station III appears to show what some are calling a UFO over the South Pole.
The video posted to YouTube seems to show a round, blurry object floating above the station on Aug. 10. Speculation has run rampant, with conspiracy theorists and UFO buffs swapping explanations ranging from government collaboration with aliens to a top-secret test of some new cutting-edge secret weapon.
The supposed UFO appears more or less directly over the research station; it also appears to be nearly perfectly round and about the right size for a balloon. Neumayer-Station III, a scientific research station, carries out tests and experiments in a wide variety of areas, including geophysics, meteorology and atmospheric chemistry. Weather balloons are used extensively to study and sample the atmosphere at different times and altitudes above Antarctica.
Though the “Neumayer UFO” is being discussed on various UFO and conspiracy theory websites, there’s a glaring contradiction in suggesting it’s evidence of extraterrestrials. If it is indeed a spacecraft instead of a balloon or some other mundane object, why would the government — which is routinely accused of going to extraordinary lengths to cover up all evidence of aliens — intentionally release the video to the public?
Tip: Ben Radford
It’s usually best to assume the most mundane explanation. It’s not fun to assume that but it’s safe. To say that this is some mysterious or secret device is assuming far FAR too much without suitable evidence. That’s not to say that this station isn’t a coverup for some top secret project…. uh oh, I just went there myself.
Frankly, this video is just is not very exciting, no matter how many filters you use. If the claim is for something mysterious, it needs to be better than this. I have no trouble buying “balloon” as explanation.