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originally posted by: LadyGreenEyes
a reply to: InterstellarSloth
Yes, simple explanation. It's a balloon.
Note, you can see balloon designs, like a cluster of drawn ones, and what looks like a message across the bottom. I don't know what's mysterious about that. The helicopter is probably a regular thing, and clearly farther away than the "UFO". Either they released the balloon, to make a fake UFO video, or they are somewhat gullible.
originally posted by: carewemust
a reply to: makalit
Why does there HAVE TO BE other intelligent life in the universe?
originally posted by: charlyv
Agree, however a balloon of helium that size, would go out of sight if left to the will of the atmosphere and gravity. Then, it would probably explode.
Addendum: Even if it was weight balanced for that altitude, it would bob up and down and swing slightly in eddy currents. Then also, it would have taken a long time for it to reach that altitude.
The only way it could be a balloon is with some other propulsion that can counteract what is always some kind of turbulence in the atmosphere. IMO
originally posted by: AnkhMorpork
Precisely, it can only be either a hoax or something from out of this world.
So we rule him out.
Which leaves us with another hoaxer across the city who's managed to build and fly this thing, as a stationary balloon creation (as a sphere, but which some strange attachment/dark area).
To say simply - we just don't know what it is and to assign some sort of indeterminate value isn't a reasonable scientific proposition. It's there. It's a thing. And it's either a hoax, or a craft of some kind, most likely of ET origin.. since black projects don't fly their hardware over major US suburbs just for S&G's.
originally posted by: McGinty
Is it possible that this is simply footage of a helicopter circling (as they often do) and the sphere has been skilfully added afterwards to make it look as though the helicopter is circling it?
Has there been any statement from those onboard the helicopter to confirm this object was really there?