Debunked: Man Captures Video Of Strange Explosion In The Sky (Weather Balloon)

Mick West

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This story on CBS:
http://sacramento.cbslocal.com/2012/12/30/man-captures-video-of-strange-explosion-in-the-sky/

Has a very low resolution video (made with an iPhone though a telescope) that shows what seems to be a bright object with another small object moving across the field of view. The video then cuts and returns with an image showing the bright object replace by a static field of debris.



The claim is made this is an "Explosion in space".

We can tell it's not in space simply because the debris is not moving. If something explodes in space, then it keeps going as there is nothing to stop the debris moving. Here we can tell that whatever exploded was A) in the atmosphere, and B) quite light, so it stopped moving quickly.

But we don't need to look very far to see what this is. It looks exactly like an exploding weather balloon. Weather ballons are released every day, they have an instrument package attached to them that swings around. When they get very high, the low pressure caused the balloon to explode in a clouds of balloon shreds. It happens every day, and sometimes people get it on video.


Here's a frame from the video below:



And a similar video



Here's a cool video of a weather balloon rising and exploding from the perspective of the instrument package.
 
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lol .. yeah right! you can debunk so much better than this..

we all know it was swamp gas.
 

Mick West

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lol .. yeah right! you can debunk so much better than this..

we all know it was swamp gas.

Yes, it's quite amusing that it turned out to be one of the things that UFO enthusiasts keep accusing the Powers That Be of using to cover up UFO sightings. However "weather balloon" is a cliche for a reason - weather balloons are released twice a day from many locations across the US. So people often see them, and can't tell what they are, hence UFO. You can't say exactly, but I imagine a significant percentage of UFO reports actually ARE weather balloons. This one certainly appears to look exactly like an exploding weather balloon.

Seeing them explode is not something you see every day. But a comparison of the videos above makes it pretty clear that's what this is. Simple physics tells you it's not in space.
 

Mick West

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Very useful post on ATS:

http://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread913574/pg17#pid15659251
 
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