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The Out There section collects stories about strange events from all over the internet.
Videos and some other stories are graded:
A--Probably true, B--Likely true, C--Likely false, D--Probably false.

Stories are not researched by staff before posting and video evaluations are based on experienced observation, not video analysis.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Recently we have received numerous photos and videos of apparent objects near the sun. While it is not the mission of Out There to do more than visual grading of videos, Mr. Strieber is concerned that our posts might spread fear during a time of so much very real change. Therefore, he has asked me to post this opinion from one of his video experts, a professional who has been in the field for thirty years:

"In reference to the image you sent me, the brightness of the central area is too great to register any meaningful shapes on the camera's sensor, which is already fully saturated. But if you look at the convergence of the lens-flare lines, they converge at one point, not two. The clouds seem to be responsible for the extended area of brightness. This also appears to be a widescreen (16x9) video, squeezed horizontally into a 4x3 frame, which would further extend the bright area vertically and would account for the narrowness of what would normally be a wider "X" in the lens flare.

"If a professional photographer or videographer wanted to shoot a picture of the sun, they'd put a heavy neutral-density filter (kind of like a smoked glass) over the lens to bring the sun down to a level that the sensor or film could accommodate, and then stop the lens down as far as possible. That would get rid of the flares, and it would clearly distinguish the sun from the clouds.

"But apart from any technical issues, the bottom line about all these videos is that if there were indeed a "second sun" everyone on the planet would be able to see it with the naked eye. And if there were any odd celestial body in our neighborhood it would have taken long enough to get here that the entire professional and amateur astronomy community would have known about it definitively for quite some time."

Sunday, March 6, 2011

This image was taken in Christchurch, NZ on March 6 by a professional photographer. It could be a lens flare, but it is strange that a video of something similar was posted on YouTube by a different person on March 4 and reported on Out There on March 6. If these are both lens flares, it is a strange coincidence, but it seems impossible that a large heavenly body could be present without much more general observation, not to mention effects on the solar system.
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Hard to be certain of this, but the objects don't look like space debris. Graded A for authenticity of the video, not accuracy of the interpretation, which cannot be known.

Friday, March 4, 2011

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What this may be is anybody's guess. It is difficult to believe that an enormous object like this could be in our solar system without causing profound disruptions, not to mention a sensation among astronomers. What aren't we seeing here?
Perfect new UFO technology: the real ones can be seen but not photographed. If this phenomenon begins to appear more frequently, it's going to cause quite a stir.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Source Andy Potts at 02/03/2011


A UFO in the skies above Siberia is being investigated by Emergencies Ministry staff after concerned locals claimed they were visited by something unexplained.

Residents of Ossinsky district in Irkutsk Region said a loud, glowing object appeared in the sky – but nobody has been able to clarify what it was.

Security services responsible for air defence could not confirm any flights in the area, while search and rescue teams found no evidence that the aircraft had crashed.

Meanwhile seismic stations around Baikal confirmed that there were no earthquakes which might have caused the noise, while astronomers in Irkutsk have suggested that it could be a meteorite, Interfax reported.

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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

The strange catlike voice that the air traffic controller heard could well be an encrypted communication from the unknown craft. But who were they talking to on an open frequency, and why was a secret aircraft in controlled airspace? It's all very strange.
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Monday, February 28, 2011

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Out there originally wrote: Everything about this video suggests authenticity. In Portuguese, the men are talking with such surprise and excitement that it is hard to believe that they have faked this. Of course, there is always that possiblity, but the video shows no obvious evidence of it. Dropping fireballs have been a feature of a number of recent videos from different parts of the world. Graded B.

Normally, this part of the website doesn't authenticate videos, as it states on the Out There page, but Mr. Strieber sent this one to some of the experts he works with. Here are there opinions:

Expert 1

Whitley it's real hard to tell. I wish people would upload these full res as
YouTube has the ability for 720-1080p.

It looks great but I noticed some popping effect when it first comes out of
the cloud. The cloud is real and I don't see any added volumetric. But I
wonder if the popping is pixels in the compression or his added effect if
any. It's hard to imagine that someone talented enough to do this would let
a popping or jerking go by.

I looked and looked for reactive lighting in the clouds from the bright blue
light flash. I stared at the edges of the clouds trying not to notice the
internal flash and didn't see any. But this is broad day light and we might
not under these conditions.

The light brightness looks a bit off to me. But then again who is to say
what it would look like it just looks too much like a Sci-Fi movie effect.

But it sure has that odd feeling and look to it that you and I have both
seen. Much like the Camarillo video I shot it gets super bright and drops us
little probes. Again if we could get the real video and analyze it proper
I'm sure we could no one way or the other.

Expert 2

It strikes me as an effect.  The "fireball" portion of the video looks especially suspicious to me.  The glow does not seem to illuminate the interior of the cloud, nor does the lens flare seem accurate for the camera or conditions.  That's not a scientific opinion, just my personal take.

Expert 3

The light does not diffuse correctly in the cloud, but the big issue I have is at 39 seconds, just before the black truck passes left to right - the ‘UFO’ disappears - a poorly timed ‘edit’ by the fakers I suspect…

Next Step

Mr. S. has taken a direct interest in this and will inquire about it with Brazillian UFO investigators.


Sunday, February 27, 2011

Saturday, February 26, 2011

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Ignore the few seconds of intro with the smoking alien. The video from Peru is interesting though unclassifiable. Graded C.

Friday, February 25, 2011

This is either a neat magic trick or a genuine mystery. The only known way a person could become magnetic would be to have magnetized iron in their blood, but, even if this was possible, the magnetism generated would not be enough to hold up a spoon, let alone a skillet. If this is for real, it's an extraordinary anomaly.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

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The moment this video appeared, professional debunking thanks to a fake video posted by Americans started. Why? Interesting comment.
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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

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Red and green lights are commonly reported in connection with UFOs, but the transformation that occurs here is pretty remarkable. There is no reason to assume that this is a CGI effect or some normal object. Graded B.
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Black panthers are rare animals found in parts of South America and Africa, so what was a six foot long black cat doing strolling across a driveway in Folsom, Louisiana? Has it escaped from captivity, migrated north, or is this another in the long, long list of phantom cat sightings that are a worldwide phenomenon? The video is graded A. The only possible problem with it is if the angle of the shot distorted the image of an ordinary cat, making it appear larger than it is. But this is unlikely, given that nothing else in the image is distorted.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Monday, February 21, 2011

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This could easily be a CGI effect, but there is not enough data in the image to be certain. Telltale: why is the camera searching for the UFO before it appears? Was it because the videographer had seen the UFO, then rushed to the window with the camera, or was it for effect? Graded C.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

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An interesting daylight UFO that may well be authentic. Graded B.
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The images depicted here are being described as 'alien bases' found on Google Space. We don't know what they are, but the likelihood is that there is an ordinary explanation. Nevertheless, they are unusual enough to deserve a look.
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This night video shows objects that are not strobing like planes, and are not an FAA-approved color for nighttime running lights. It appears to be authentic but,  because it is night video, it is impossible to be certain that it is not some known object. Graded C.
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Friday, February 18, 2011

UFO activity remains high in the US, and Pennsylvania is no exception.
It's always possible that this is a bird in midflilght caught at a moment when its wings were folded, or a distant plane moving in such a way that it appears wingless, but it's also possible that this is a genuine UFO.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

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We can't find out much about this beyond what the author says on his YouTube post. It is not a computer graphics hoax.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

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This might be the first time a mainstream network affiliate has covered chemtrails. Interesting!
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A substantial meteor crossed the eastern US at approximately 12:45 PM yesterday, and another fireball caused residents to report a possible plane crash in the UK 7 hours later, at 12:20 AM local time. The object that crossed the eastern US probably weighed around a hundred tons, and would have done signifcant damage if it had reached the ground. However, there were no reports of damage. The second fireball was probably smaller, but also a substantial meteor.

Monday, February 14, 2011

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This is a good example of an interesting night light video. The light moves past stars and foreground objects, so it is under power. It has internal illumination. It manuevers, dims and brightens. It doesn't behave like a plane or any normal object that might be aloft at night. Graded B.
A few hours ago we published a shot sent to us by a reader that appeared to be an unusually shaped object over a town in southern France. Now he had send us another shot said to be a higher resolution image that shows that the object is clearly a bird. But because there is no surrounding imagery, we have no way of telling if this is taken from the same photo.
Good job of enchancement of this image, but still very little useful information beyond the fact that the lights are colored.
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