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The Jerusalem UFO: What we have so far

February 2, 2011Comments 4 comments

At around 1 a.m. on January 28, 2011, two friends recorded a UFO descending over the Temple Mount in the old city of Jerusalem, Israel. The first video was uploaded to YouTube on January 29, with three more being uploaded in the ensuing days.

The third video could quickly be debunked as a hoax, while the authenticity of the first two are still being debated all over the web. Some claim the perspective is off, others say they recognize lighting effects from popular 3D and video editing software. The perspective issue is explained by some to be a product of image stabilization technology used in cameras. Others who are familiar with CGI and software such as 3D Studio Max, Maya and Adobe After Effects, say the videos, if faked, are made too well to be disregarded as hoaxes without having a professional video analysis done.

And now there’s a fourth video muddying the waters still further.

See this forum thread for a list of mainstream media outlets covering the story.

Video 1: Uploaded to YouTube on January 29, 2011 by eligael
Video 2: Uploaded to YouTube on January 30, 2011 by shshsh331
Video 3: Uploaded to YouTube on January 30, 2011 by 50nFit
Video 4: Uploaded to YouTube on February 1, 2011 by YDMU1

There was also a fifth video (link) uploaded to YouTube by user EnigmaAgent, who quickly confessed he had created it as a hoax to learn more about the techniques involved.

The below map shows where the videos were allegedly shot. Video 1 and 2 were filmed south of the Temple Mount and video 4 was filmed from the north. Click the yellow cameras to see daytime footage from each location.

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  1. That 4th video is great, but as others have said, the lack of eyewitness reports seriously strains the credibility of this. I’d love for this to be real but I think it’s someone with a lot of time on their hands and a semi-sick sense of humor or a brilliant viral campaign.

    I think we’ll know it’s viral if we start to see these videos pop up over other cities in the coming weeks. Battle of Los Angeles comes out in March, I believe?

    • Yep, it looks like this one was too good to be true.

      I’m looking forward to Battle: Los Angeles though. Let’s hope it lives up to the hype — I’m a sucker for awesome effects and destruction, and judging by the trailers they might make up for a potentially thin storyline in this case :-)

  2. One way to confirm or debunk the authenticity of these videos is to check the security camera video from the vicinity of the Temple mount. The flash would be apparent if the event took place.

    You can be absolutely certain that in hight tech Isreal, at a location of such significance and controversy, there are hundreds of hidden and visible security cameras.

    Somebody in Jerusalem should inquire of nearby stores. The store owners may not have heard about the event and maybe never bothered to look at footage from that night.

    That would put this controversy to bed.

    • That’s it Will, and the lack of such action leads me to believe that the event is considered to be a complete non-event by the locals who might have an interest in the alleged sighting.

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