People are always trying find new ways to investigate the paranormal, and new gadgets are always being tested. I’m not sure why it took UFO seekers to try infrared night vision cameras, but they are now. And of course, they are seeing all sorts of things in the sky. And of course, they must all be alien spaceships. Having space battles right above our heads. Apparently, these invisible UFOs are using cloaking technology (which I guess they just invented, probably after watching some episodes of Star Trek), and are invisible to the naked eye. Unlike the thousands of other reported UFOs that have been seen over the past few centuries.
“Why are all the good UFOs invisible?” one Gather.com user asked in response to the latest “invisible UFO” report posted to the site.
You might have thought a defining characteristic of a UFO would be visibility. But thanks to zealous alien hunters doggedly scanning the sky with night-vision cameras, a new class of flying objects that only emit infrared light has emerged from the darkness. Are they spies from the great beyond?
“Some people claim to see actual battles between UFOs up in the sky, using night-vision equipment,” the ufologist Robert Sheaffer told Life’s Little Mysteries. “Those devices magnify faint objects so much that the sky seems to be filled with invisible UFOs. In reality, of course, they are seeing owls, bats, moths, airplanes, satellites, etc.” Night-vision optics trade low resolution for high sensitivity, he explained, so that points of light (such as distant satellites) spill out into circles that make the objects appear huge.
However, some of the invisible UFOs out there really are spies of a sort — or whatever else you choose to call military drones.
Consider, for example, an invisible triangle UFO recently caught on camera by the Laredo Paranormal Research Society, a Texas group. In their footage, captured using an infrared-sensitive third-generation night-vision camera and posted to YouTube July 13, an object composed of three evenly spaced glowing orbs streaked southward across the field of view and disappeared behind the roof of a house.
According to LPRS founder Ismael Cuellar, the “infrared-cloaked” object could not be seen with the naked eye, and cruised silently. “[We] have ruled out birds, bugs, airplanes, helicopters, and even flying drones by comparing them side by side as a point of reference,” Cuellar told Life’s Little Mysteries. This seems to leave just one explanation: It’s a cloaked alien spaceship.
Not so, according to Ben McGee, a geoscientist, aerospace consultant, UFO skeptic and lead field researcher on the National Geographic series “Chasing UFOs.” In McGee’s opinion, all the signs point to this object being a border patrol drone with infrared anti-collision or identification lights. Here’s why he thinks so.
“Nearly one-third of traffic through the nearby Laredo International Airport has historically been military in nature. Laredo is very near to the Mexican border. The military is increasingly using drones to assist with border security, which are small, quiet, and dim (to the naked eye) aircraft,” McGee wrote in an email, adding that most drones are also triangular. [UFO Sightings Are 3,615 Times More Common than Voter Fraud]
This alleged drone oversaturated the camera’s infrared sensor. Why? “Particularly with unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), anticollision systems are of the utmost importance,” he wrote. “One custom UAV lighting manufacturer recently announced custom infrared navigation lights for a major UAV defense contractor. Using these lights in ‘constant-on’ infrared mode would make the tail, belly, and wingtips extraordinarily bright in infrared, washing out the shape of the aircraft in-between.”
And that description pretty closely matches the case.
“In short,” McGee said, “high-intensity/close-range infrared lights interacting with a sensitive infrared camera is the problem — turning an aircraft into a triangular blob — rather than the infrared camera being the solution to revealing invisible triangles or pyramids zooming about our airspace.”
I must say, I have to agree with Ben McGee, even though his new show Chasing UFOs is just the latest in a long line of crappy, clichéd paranormal “reality” shows on the air right now. People need to understand that night vision will indeed distort normal looking objects o the point of being almost unrecognizable. Night vision is mean to allow one to see in the dark. bright lights will overpower the technology and distort it. And, even if there is something being seen in the sky that can’t be explained, why is it automatically alien? It’s more likely to be secret military technology than to be of extraterrestrial origin.
Also, there are multiple problems with this video presented by LPRS. There is no normal comparison footage (sans night vision) to show there was nothing with lights in the sky at the same time. There is also no sound, nobody talking, so how do we know there were no engine sounds? The object even moves like a plane. Also, all of their “analyses” are done on the night vision footage, which just distorts already distorted footage. The comparison footage looks different as well, almost as if there are different light settings on the camera. I do appreciate LPRS at least putting this into the “unknown” category. It may well be a UFO, but the footage can’t be considered proof of anything at this point.