Conspiracist theories should chill out over Antarctic UFO

Conspiracy Theorists: UFO Over Antarctica?.

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.

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  9 comments for “Conspiracist theories should chill out over Antarctic UFO

  1. Vinny Giardina
    August 13, 2012 at 1:55 PM

    Thank goodness they used filters! I never would have known what it is.

    • Chad
      August 13, 2012 at 8:25 PM

      I knew it was serious when I saw sepia.

  2. Chew
    August 13, 2012 at 1:55 PM

    But the video has spooky music! It must be an alien ship!

  3. August 13, 2012 at 3:17 PM

    The UFO conspiracy people will soon reveal the secret that “they” have kept from us for so many years: The Gov’munt’s use of ultra-high-tech “weather balloons”!

  4. F 89
    August 13, 2012 at 3:50 PM

    Uh oh-the last time anyone saw a UFO in the arctic, things didn’t turn out so well for the people stationd there.

  5. twh
    August 13, 2012 at 10:55 PM

    How could they have focused on the balloon and not noticed the stick figure looking guy way on the left hand side!

  6. Geoff
    August 14, 2012 at 8:59 AM
  7. Chew
    August 15, 2012 at 2:15 AM

    Lee Speigel at the HuffPo picked up the story. The first sentences asks, “If it was simply a weather balloon that appeared over an Antarctic research station, then why hasn’t anyone confirmed it?”

    Confirm what? That a research station involved in studying meteorology would launch weather balloons? Does that really need confirmation? Besides aren’t you a reporter? Why don’t you do your job as a reporter and make a few phone calls? Or are you just going to wag your finger at everybody else for not doing what you yourself have failed to do?

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