UFOs in Google street view: Hype flares up

Suddenly, this is all over the news, a pink translucent UFO-looking image is showing up all over google map street views.

UFO or Lens Flare in Google Street View? You Decide – ABC News.

I’ll be brief. Lens flare.

There is something about the google camera and the angle of the sun that creates this. I recall seeing this story a while back (here in May). If anyone can find the good explanation, please share. But it is OBVIOUSLY lens flare.

Here is the ABC video.

And here is the Texas picture.

Then here it is on the street.

It has nothing to do with spaceships or McDonald’s or conspiracies.

  8 comments for “UFOs in Google street view: Hype flares up

  1. Brian Gregory
    October 2, 2012 at 7:47 AM

    Nicely punned.

  2. October 2, 2012 at 8:57 AM

    Aside from the obvious lens flare phenomena, anything near the very top or very bottom of the frame in a Street View photo is bound to be somewhat distorted.

    Not only are they using very wide angle lenses to get those photos (which cause distortion) but each photo is stitched together from multiple shots in order to make the panoramas flow. These algorithms are far from perfect, and you often see very odd glitches.

    There was a ridiculous story about Victorian ghosts in the The Telegraph about three years ago, it is incredibly obvious from that photo that there are stitching errors in the photo that causes the effect.

    • LovleAnjel
      October 2, 2012 at 11:44 AM

      I am delighted by that link – especially the implication that it was someone coming through the Cardiff Rift.

  3. October 2, 2012 at 11:42 AM

    Very clearly an internal lens reflection, a “lens flare.”

  4. corax
    October 2, 2012 at 7:06 PM

    makes as much sense calling it a UFO as calling it a boobie (see last picture)

  5. Am_Sci
    October 3, 2012 at 1:32 AM

    It can’t be an alien spacecraft, they’re only interested in low-income rural neighborhoods and wide open fields.

  6. Massachusetts
    October 3, 2012 at 9:39 AM

    OK, so how do the extraterrestrials create the lens flare? ;)

  7. Old Rockin' Dave
    October 3, 2012 at 4:07 PM

    Don Henley, who’s from Texas, has a song called “They’re Not Here, They’re Not Coming” that asked the right question:
    “Would they pile into the saucer,
    find Orlando’s rat and hug it?
    Go screaming ‘cross the Universe,
    just to buy McNuggets?”
    Watch out, Don, the men in black are going to pull you in for interrogation.

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