by Mick West at 6:00 PM
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When I first saw this it was nearly horizontal, and looked, if not a flying saucer, then at least like a flying plate viewed edge on. It's a distant sunlit contrail, often mistaken for UFOs, space junk, or meteors. So I thought it would be useful to get a sequence of photos and video at different zoom levels.


The video above is unedited, zooming from 24mm to 2000mm.

The sequence of photos are all straight from the camera, except the first where I've called out the trail as it's hard to see.





Finally some digital zoom:

by Mick West at 5:51 PM
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Chilean Navy UFO Metabunk 3.

If you are short on time, then I made a one minute video explaining this:


Background: Infrared footage from the Chilean Navy appears to show some kind of flying object that briefly leaves a trail behind it.
by Mick West at 3:48 PM
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Moon Terminator UFOs Metabunk.

The Moon's "terminator" is simply the line between the light and dark areas of the moon, i.e. the line between the sunlit portion of the moon and the shadowed portion. To the naked eye this looks like a smooth line, but if you look closer (with some binoculars, or zoomed in with a camera) you can see it's actually ripply, with the various craters, ridges, canyons and mountains both creating shadow, and poking up into the sunlight.

Those "poking up into sunlight" features are a potential source of "UFO" or "Alien Structure" photos from the moon. The above example is some that cropped up recently. A video of the moon appears to show some kind of object in the dark area of the moon. Because it's "behind the line" there's an illusion that it's actually flying above the surface of the moon, perhaps even an orbiting spaceship!

However all it is is the top of a ridge at the...
by Mick West at 10:43 AM
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New Pictureufo.
This does look curiously saucer shaped, but then compare it to the second photo from the story, in...
by Mick West at 11:23 AM
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hole punch clouds google images.

Hole Punch Clouds, Canal Clouds, and Fallstreak Holes are all names for an interesting cloud phenomenon where a hole forms in a thin layer of cloud, usually with a streak of cloud falling from the middle of the hole. They are relatively rare (I see them a few times a year, and I watch the sky a lot) but also very photogenic, so a Google image search shows up lots of nice examples, see above.

Hole punch clouds form when a layer of supercooled liquid water cloud is disturbed by something (usually a plane) and this triggers freezing of the droplets, which further disturbs the layer, causing more freezing. The resultant ice crystals are composed of the water from several drops, so are heavier than the surrounding cloud and fall out. This is the "fallstreak" you see in the middle, it's essentially snow.

Generally hole punch clouds are formed by...
by Mick West at 6:10 PM
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150 mph Golf Ball metabunk.


The above video has been around since 2009, although the original source is unknown. It claims to show a golf ball hitting a steel plate at 150 mph. It almost looks like a water balloon. However if we compare it to other videos of golf balls hitting things at the same or faster speeds, we can see this it is not what it is claimed.

Here's a real ball being hit at 175 mph (video at 1:19)


And another more similar to the first, of a ball hitting steel at 150mph.

by Mick West at 10:56 AM
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Chinese Rocket Debris metabunk.

Chinese media reports that on Dec 12th something crashed in Zhangjiabian village, Fugu New District, causing a fire and leaving a large crater. The object also left quite a bit of debris.

While "Alien Spacecraft" is always a popular explanation, the most likely thing is that this is some space junk, most likely the remains of a Chinese rocket. Particularly as the object had some very human looking numbers written on it.

A curious green substance was found at the site, described as "space rock"...
by TWCobra at 3:16 PM
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[Nov 18 2016] For anyone interested, in a couple of hours I'll be heading out of Santiago heading for Sydney on the QF28. The flight plan has us spending quite a bit of time at 71'30" South and the cloud forecast at the moment shows not a lot of cloud! Lucky I brought 2 GoPros with me!

Fingers crossed for a good time lapse video of the ice pack!

The pic above shows the route. I've been meaning to post something explaining great circle routes and why they are faster. This map will help once I compare it to the Google Earth representation of the track.

In the meantime we will be taking off around 1700 GMT and landing about 14 hours later. Only around 5% of the flight will be visible on FR24 as there is just nobody to pick up our ADSB signals.

Main Flight plan has just arrived with 13:25 as the flight time which should have us in Sydney on schedule at 0645 UTC. Here is what the flight looks like in the Nav software.

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by Mick West at 1:50 PM
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I enjoy the process of debunking: the investigation into claimed evidence, and then communicating the results of that investigation to the public. But are there any claims that are simply too silly to even bother investigating?

We've all seen videos on Youtube that make you shake your head in disbelief that the person in the video might actually be serious. There's older classics like Rainbow Sprinkler Lady (2008), there's people who spray the sky with vinegar to ward off "chemtrails" (2011), there's the burning snow (2014), and now we've got fireproof GMO cabbage (October 2016).

Should we debunk silly things like fireproof cabbage? Well I did, and I'll explain why. But first, here's the video explaining what's going on with the cabbage....
by Mick West at 10:00 AM
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Bahoz Marchers.

Several variants of a blurry video have been shared on social media. They show a group of men in camouflage patterned t-shirts walking down a pedestrian street. One such video is described as:
In fact the video is not in Berlin, it's in the town of Hanau near Frankfurt (they are marching past the WMF store on Rosenstra├če). The men marching are members of Bahoz, which is a Kurdish "rocker" gang (the equivalent of a US biker gang, like the Hells Angels). They were marching as part of show of strength, however it was just against another local gang,...