Video taken from Jerusalem this weekend showing a dancing, glowing ball hovering over the famous Dome of the Rock has some crying “UFO.” And so far, the images have no official explanation.
The video shows the ball drop down from the sky, sit atop the religious site for about 25 seconds, and then quickly shoot up to the heavens like a rocket. The report below says the event was captured by at least two separate cameras stationed at different places in the city:
“If these are real, they are some of the most incredible videos ever shot,” former UK Ministry of Defense UFO investigator Nick Pope told the Sun. “If they are not, then this is a very well-planned and co-ordinated hoax designed to eliminate elements of doubt.”
He did offer a possible explanation: “We know the Israeli army has some very high-tech drones at its disposal. If this is one, it is one of the most advanced pieces of technology created by man.”
According to the Sun, the number of cameras that recorded the event was four, making it harder for skeptics to debunk:
Some UFO enthusiasts believe the videos – which have taken the internet by storm – are final proof that aliens exist, while others say the unidentified object was the Hebrew god Elohim.
Adding to the mystery is the fact that flying over the Dome of the Rock landmark — an ancient Islamic shrine — is forbidden.
Two witnesses at the Armon Hanatziv panoramic lookout near Mount Zion filmed the object at 1am on Saturday.
Still, those skeptics claim the footage is simply a camera trick and point to the jumpiness of the image.
Don’t tell that to the Southern woman in the video.
“We’ve seen ’em in Mississippi like this,” one woman says in the background of the video, before abruptly changing course and admitting, “but never like that.”
A Google search shows there have been reported sightings in the state.
The blog How Stuff Works has aggregated the videos claiming to be real and the ones claiming to prove the footage is a hoax. The following is an example of the latter, which says it used motion tracking to debunk the video:
See our story on strange lights appearing over Utah last week.