Fake UFO on Fakebook in wrong part of the world

314,711 shares on Facebook?

6,100 upvotes on Reddit?

1.8 million views on Imgur?

Of a reflection of a light in a window.

Why? Because it’s stupid and it’s the internet.

Here is today’s must read skeptical debunking of really stupid stuff on the Internet: The UFO picture from Australia, that Facebook are trying to remove! (Or a lampshade in Jackson Hole, Wyoming?)


Yes, prior plausibility leaves you with the almost certainty that isn’t a UFO. But I’m guessing beyond that. It looks like a ceiling light, therefore it is, wasn’t good enough for me tonight. I wanted to know where in Australia this image was taken. People were genuinely debating this picture on twitter and I wanted to know this time, rather than just brushing it off as the non-UFO it seems to be.

I took the image to google reverse image search, which eventually lead me a thread on reddit.

David was able to locate (with help) the location of the picture (Jackson Hole, WY) and the source of the “UFO”, a light fixture in a local cabin.

It’s not clear why the Facebook user not only claimed this was a UFO, in Australia and that FB was trying to taking it down. All untrue. All silliness. Facebook really is Fakebook.

A similar light-fixture-reflection-as-UFO was reported from Loch Ness back in June as well. Such fakes or mistakes are really pathetic and should be dismissed right away. Not shared!

Credit: @StortSkeptic on Twitter

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  20 comments for “Fake UFO on Fakebook in wrong part of the world

  1. August 11, 2015 at 10:11 PM

    Some people just want to believe so, so badly…

    I don’t know whether to laugh or cry.

  2. Jeffie
    August 11, 2015 at 10:24 PM

    Based upon the alien markings on the side of the craft, we should cancel our searching for “Greys” and now search for moose.

  3. WMcCreery
    August 11, 2015 at 11:53 PM

    It looks like the spaceships on the ELO album “Out of the Blue”

  4. Sam
    August 12, 2015 at 6:19 AM

    UFO… Powered by four 100-watt light bulbs, adorned with wild horses.

  5. Tony
    August 12, 2015 at 10:56 AM

    I, for one, welcome our new antlered overlords.

  6. August 12, 2015 at 8:12 PM

    I’ve been looking at that “UFO” hovering above the drunks in the Cowboy Bar for 35 years!

  7. Am
    August 13, 2015 at 7:00 AM

    This explanation doesn’t fit. As you can see, the clouds are in front of the ufo. This couldn’t be possible if it where a reflection in the window from a light source inside.

  8. August 13, 2015 at 8:43 AM

    Nonsense. It’s a reflection. If you are going to discard a good explanation, you must supply something better.

  9. August 13, 2015 at 9:20 AM

    I’ve seen that UFO many times at Home Depot – and I’ve also experienced missing time syndrome there.

  10. David Blades
    August 13, 2015 at 1:50 PM

    I Fully agree with youAm. I’m not saying that its not a fake but as you say, a reflection doesn’t explain that parts of the ofo are covered with cloud. People are to ready to dismiss things that make them uncomfortable. Maybe one of the sceptics could post a photo of a light fitting that is identical to the photo.

  11. August 13, 2015 at 2:02 PM

    You need to click on the links included. The light fixture is there.

  12. Rich
    August 14, 2015 at 5:11 AM

    a) So until and only until one of the skeptics posts a photograph of the identical lamp shade you will not entertain the (fairly obvious) notion that it’s a reflection in a window? Until the IDENTICAL lampshade – UFO?

    b) Seriously – why does a UFO have illuminated moose on the side of it? Have the intergalactic travellers come so far to express how much they dig our ungulates?

  13. Rich
    August 14, 2015 at 5:23 AM

    …or, of course, aliens could be deliberately mimicking objects that we would be familiar with in order to approach the planet in a more clandestine fashion; we wouldn’t be alarmed or suspicious when a giant 200-foot wide illuminated moose lampshade suddenly descends through the clouds in the middle of a thunderstorm.

  14. Rich
    August 14, 2015 at 5:47 AM

    To save too much clicking: the original ‘UFO’ and the light fittings in Peaks Restaurant.


    (There seem to be a lot of advertising images of laydeez and ugly expensive cars on that site. Sorry. I’d have chosen differently had I known.)

  15. Nick Bucci
    August 16, 2015 at 12:45 PM

    The clouds are not “in front” – a reflection from a window is variable depending on how much light is coming through the window (which is why you get better reflections when it is very dark outside). The cloud does not have a uniform brightness, so the parts of the light fixture that line up with darker parts of the cloud will reflect better than parts that line up with brighter areas and in the places where the reflection is weaker more cloud will be seen, making it appear that it is in front of the “UFO.”
    It is sunny right now, so I cannot reproduce the effect , but if you go to this link http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ebeUjFUbtyw/T6vEMdC0tqI/AAAAAAAAAyQ/FCOMcsFKjZo/s1600/screenshot-lrg-35.png
    you will see that the wall in the back of the “outside” room appears to be in front of the reflected men where it is brighter. There are no really dark spots, so it is hard to contrast, but the effect is the same.

  16. Dan Beach
    August 20, 2015 at 8:14 AM

    It’s clear the aliens now model their crafts after commonly available lighting fixtures to keep their presence masked. Genius devils with their wifi access to Home Depot’s website.

  17. Joy
    August 23, 2015 at 1:06 PM

    When this was posted at Imgur and Reddit, the original poster *said straight up* that it was a lighting fixture reflected in a window. It just looked like a UFO. I upvoted the submission on Reddit because the combo of clouds and light reflections were cool looking, not because I thought it was an actual UFO. It was fun. I am disappointed in your take on this. No one in those threads was tricked into believing it was a UFO.

  18. Christine
    August 31, 2015 at 1:04 PM

    Even if this wasn’t a light fixture , the light from the ‘craft’ isn’t illuminating the surrounding clouds, like the lightning bolt’s light is doing. Surely believers at least noticed that? Would love to hear the explanation about it being a hologram or something. But were there believers at all? Looks rather obvious from the get go.
    Pretty cool picture still, but ruined a bit by that yellow rectangular reflection below the lamp’s.

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