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UFO At NFL Game: Special Slow Motion Camera Captures Strange Object In Flight During TV Broadcast
By Lee Speigel Posted: 11/1/11 08:05 AM ET
For many football fans who watched the New Orleans Saints rout the Indianapolis Colts on Oct. 23, the most unusual thing about the game was the lopsided final score of 62-7.
But for UFO aficionados and paranormal experts who tuned in, they may have seen something in the sky that was even more out-of-the-ordinary than the tossing of more touchdowns vs. incompletions.
As NBC’s cameras returned from a commercial break and focused on the historic, triple-steepled St. Louis Cathedral in the city nicknamed the Big Easy, a couple of lit objects seemed to streak across the darkening sky — and they’ve yet to be definitively identified.
Viewed in real-time, it’s hard to see much more than something flashing across the screen. But a frame-by-frame scrutiny of the video reveals a rod-shaped object topped with brightly lit dots.
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Rod-shaped UFOs? Actually, this isn’t the first time such objects have been seen and photographed.
In 1994, independent filmmaker Jose Escamilla was attempting to videotape UFOs near Roswell, N.M. — yes, that Roswell — home of the legendary, alleged crash of a UFO in 1947 that has captured the imaginations of millions of people for decades.
“As I reviewed one of the tapes, I noticed something streak past my camera viewfinder and thought at first it was just a bird or insect,” Escamilla told The Huffington Post.
“Looking at each frame of the footage again, I knew it was something more unusual. My wife called them ‘rods’ as they sort of looked like some kind of life form you’d see in a microscope.”
Since that time, Escamilla has collected hundreds of taped examples from around the world of these so-called rods, which vary in physical form: Some look like centipedes with appendages and others have no appendages but appear to have lights on top of them.
Skeptics maintain there’s nothing extraordinary about all of this — the objects, they say, are merely insects flying very close to the camera lens.
“I think these are insects that got caught in that interlaced video as they’re flying through with a wing beat frequency, and the frames are being captured at a frequency… that causes that look,” insisted Marc Dantonio, chief photo and video analyst for the Mutual UFO Network.
Dantonio owns FX Models — a Connecticut company that creates special effects and models for the government. He’s one of many investigators who insist that when an object — moving very fast, like a flying insect — gets close enough to a camera lens with a slow enough shutter speed, it produces an effect called motion blur, making the insect’s wings appear elongated, or rod-shaped.
“They’re fascinating, but they’re actually quite down to earth,” Dantonio said.
But one little frame of the video may be the one little problem that could rule out the insect theory. Amazingly, the frame reveals the mystery object is moving behind one of the cathedral towers. But how could that be if it was only an insect?
“The object is not going behind the cathedral — it’s actually in front of it,” Dantonio said. “But because of the saturated CCD [charge-coupled device used in digital imaging], it looks like it’s going behind. And when you see those three dots or lights [on the object], I think they’re wing beats.”
But when Dantonio took a closer look at the single video frame in question, he began to bend a little.
“Yeah, that sure does look weird. I won’t say it’s not interesting, but I’ll tell you right now: I’m sure that there’s a conventional explanation and I believe firmly that this is something very close to the camera.”