Last Wednesday there was a large UFO disk-like shape, apparently backlighted by the sun, that hung over Moscow, and the video of it has gotten a lot of YouTube attention:
The Sun says this about the phenomenon:
The video has appeared on YouTube and been viewed more than 100,000 times. The bizarre light was spotted last Wednesday. But meteorologists rejected theories of the supernatural calling it an optical effect. Moscow’s weather bureau said several weather fronts had passed through Moscow as the sun shined from the west to cause the effect. A spokesman for the bureau said: “This is purely an optical effect, although it does look impressive. If you look closer, you can see sun rays coming through that cloud. Most likely, the sun was setting when the video was being made.”
From my vantage, this is like the “face” on Mars. People are primed to look for faces, and they see them everywhere. Likewise, people are, culturally, primed for noticing disks in the sky, and when one appears (even by what looks to be a natural process) there will be people who run with it: “It’s a UFO mother ship, and the government’s official weather explanation is a coverup!” In a sense, this is a double-primed event for UFO believers. People are primed for seeing disks in the sky, and they also expect the government explanation to be an orchestrated lie.
Still, it is a bit odd, don’t you think?
For a firsthand account of a recent UFO conference that I went to in Burbank, Ca., see here.
And for my take on the parallels between UFO belief and God belief, see here.