UFOs over Houston – Looks identifiable from way over here

It’s getting pretty lame when I can recall 3 or 4 other stories of this nature just by memory.

Were there UFOs over Houston? | News – Home.

In one, a circular object appears to hover. In another photo, something appears in front of impressive clouds. In a third picture, a lighted circle appears to stand on its side.

“I think the trick in UFO’s is figuring out what else they could be. It’s easy to say that could be the aliens,” said Dr. Carolyn Sumners, vice president for astronomy at the Houston Museum of Natural Science.

houstonufo-jpgNot much to go on in this story. But some clues are “circular” and “hover” and “lighted circle appears to stand on its side”. There seem to be no videos of it, just still photos (so how can “hover” be concluded?). But the photos look remarkably similar to what’s been seen before. And explained previously here on Doubtful News, several times over.

Sumners is right in that there is a “trick” involved. One likely explanation that should be considered is that they are lighted remote-controlled quadcopters. Using such devices to spark UFO reports is very common. It’s also not uncommon to pull a stunt like this to see if it will get covered by the news media who will look silly for it. Or it is done to create a “buzz” for an event. The devices are highly manuverable and the lights on the four blades give the appearance of a circular object.

UFO By Marc Dantonio

UFO By Marc Dantonio (a quadcopter device)

See The Truth Behind: UFOs Producing a Hoax | National Geographic Channel.

Or, it could be a constructed object. They are very easy to make from everyday materials, holiday lights, and mylar balloons. These can remain tethered but people have a hard time judging size and distance in the dark. Such pranks have fooled many.

It would be prudent for investigators to consider quadcopters or man-made devices in this case.

These devices are a problem for air traffic controllers and other aircraft in their path. There are serious problems with using drones because of FAA regulations.

Here are other similar cases where remote controlled devices caused concern for people on the ground.

UFO on Gold Coast resembles remote control device | Doubtful News.

Ohio UFO discovered to be remote-controlled helicopter | Doubtful News.

UFO research group concludes hovering blue mystery object was a quadcopter | Doubtful News.

As a sidenote: This media outlet conflates the story by asking “Do you believe in extraterrestrial life?” If you answer that question with the odds, you’d best say yes, as most people did. But that is a COMPLETELY IRRELEVANT tangent to this story where the question is “What did people see in the sky?” Answer: Likley man-made, not extraterrestrial.

I’m beginning to think local news makes us dumber.

  4 comments for “UFOs over Houston – Looks identifiable from way over here

  1. August 13, 2014 at 4:57 PM

    I watch my local news for weather, traffic, and absolutely NOTHING else.

  2. KAE
    August 13, 2014 at 8:55 PM

    Fireworks perhaps?

  3. August 14, 2014 at 3:06 PM

    This is really spreading in the media, so I’d like to try to keep this updated in the comments.

    A popular YouTube is calling this a “mass sighting,” but it’s not clear to me that any but one person claims to have seen it; the rest seem to be social media reposts. The person in the story quoted uses the always red-flag-raising statement “I didn’t realize till I got home that there was a UFO in my video, after I was recording lightning.”

    Can’t believe I’m linking to this site, but there’s a good skeptic there who posted the comment below, with this attached very interesting image: http://files.abovetopsecret.com/files/img/pk53eaf112.jpg

    I proposed the Kite with LEDs explanation BUT as a copy / paste / manipulation job.
    It’s so clear to me that the alleged Houston UFO is the same image of the one from
    Embu Sao Paulo Brazil 2011 wich was a kite with leds. my comparison is remarkable.

    Of course there are some members that think it can´t be a kite with leds flying in
    Houston because of a storm? Wrong, I say it´s a copy / paste from the Brazil image
    so make no mistake and check my comparison again, they look exactly the same.

    Some important elements to be considered in this case that suggest it’s a hoax.
    1- Who is the photographer or photographers
    2- Where are the analysis to the photos
    3- The original posted on Twitter, how credible is the report since UFO photos
    are dubious all the time.

  4. rook
    August 17, 2014 at 2:28 PM

    To me, it looks like nothing more than a reflection on the window surface – possibly a dimly-lit, lights ceiling bracket inside a bus. I think it is quite obvious that the image was shot through a window. Wouldn’t be the first time window glass reflections have been mistaken for UFO’s in the sky.

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