A UFO explained. NOT a Chinese lantern (for a change).

The original news story…

UFO investigation after chef spots mystery object hovering in sky | Dundee & Tayside STV.

Adrian Musat, 40, of Pitlochry, Perthshire, saw the white light floating over Clunie Wood in Perthshire.

He recorded the mysterious light, before sending the tape off to supernatural investigators, the British UFO Research Association (BUFORA).

 Adrian first saw the unexplained sight from his home at 7.30am on the morning of Bonfire Night before it reappeared ten hours later.He said the flashing UFO, which was flying above the woodland near Loch Fiskally, was about five metres wide and its colours were constantly changing.

Then, the explanation.
Pitlochry UFO theories dashed by down-to-earth explanation

A British UFO Research Association investigation into the craft was launched, but it was Forestry Commission Scotland that quickly settled the conundrum.

The eerie white light in the woods was, in fact, a cabin-mounted spotlight on a harvester working in the area.

It does look weird but it’s important to note that the camera and the camera person distorts the image. The movement and changing colors are artifacts from the video capture.

Now, maybe it’s just me…but I LIKE when we find out answers to mysteries. The question was “What was it?” The angle should not be “It’s a spaceship.” But the subheading on this piece, “Hopes that a 40-year-old Romanian chef had become the first man to discover alien life have been dashed” is just silly! That’s not how we will discover alien life and to say so because a man observed a strange light is a complete non sequitur. Investigations should be straightforward and NOT assume some paranormal cause.

This sort of story is valuable to show that UFO reports are happening, with regularity, but we can turn them into IFOs more readily these days.

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  2 comments for “A UFO explained. NOT a Chinese lantern (for a change).

  1. Peter Robinson
    November 14, 2012 at 9:30 AM

    I predict that UFO nuts will claim that the Forestry Commission is part of an official cover up.

  2. RayG
    November 14, 2012 at 9:48 AM

    That “diamond” shape has been an artifact of the shutters in video cameras for 20 years. AND, a well documented one! I hope that the ‘experts’ didn’t take more than about 3 seconds to decide it was a light source of this earth.

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