Okinawan Objects Light Up The Night [VIDEO]

Okinawan Objects Light Up The Night [VIDEO]

japanese_ufo_headerLast Thursday, around 9 p.m., some lucky ducks caught spellbinding footage of lights over the city of Naha.

The director of the Ishigaki Island Observatory, Miyaji Takeshi says (paraphrasing the translation) “I don’t think the lights are an astronomical phenomenon, as the lights stay in one place.”

Japan’s Self-Defense force told the Okinawa Times they have not heard of any witness reports, nor have any information about the event on the 23rd. They noted training and maneuvers are wrapped by no later than 7:20 at night. The Japanese article does not mention the lights being caught on radar, nor planes being scrambled to investigate.

Anyway, see for yourself.

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Modern UFO sightings have jaded me. Most times the static images are reflections of lights, the photographer using forced perspective, among other fakery over the years. With the rise of Photoshop and Adobe After Effects, the faint signal of the truth is being drowned out by attention whores across the internet.

Scrutinizing the footage as laity, we’re not looking at the business end of a jet engine, much like Joe Rodriguez’s stakeout video1. For a moment I thought I was looking at a plane banking, its lights becoming more visible while performing its turn, but the later arrangement of these lights appears to contradict that supposition.

Being skeptical, this might be very clever use of video editing software. A search of Google’s Japanese site hasn’t returned any other sightings in the area.

Without corroboration by other witnesses, radar reports over Naha, or other evidence, I’m curbing my enthusiasm. What’s your take? Tell us at Facebook, Twitter, or in the comments below.


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  1. http://weekinweird.com/2013/12/08/private-eye-has-an-eye-on-the-sky/ 

2 Comments

  1. Coppertop

    01/28/2014 at 6:14 AM

    “Modern UFO sightings have jaded me. Most times the static images are reflections of lights, the photographer using forced perspective, among other fakery over the years. With the rise of Photoshop and Adobe After Effects, the faint signal of the truth is being drowned out by attention whores across the internet.”

    Don’t forget the advent of ‘viral media’ used to promote movies, tv shows, and general products. When you occlude the message with intentional fakery to shill a movie or a microchip, all you’re doing is making it harder for people to separate fact from fiction – which may be the point, but that’s just my paranoid streak talking.

  2. HellPhish

    01/28/2014 at 12:54 PM

    If it was edited, they showed some good restraint not making it too crazy, so props either way. Hopefully someone can get their hands on the original file and smack it up a bit.
    I thought it may have been balloons with LEDs, but again the later arrangements would make that difficult.

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