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A new video uploaded to the popular video site YouTube within the last few days purports to show a distinct, saucer-shaped craft hovering in the sky over West Midlands, UK.

But unlike many similar videos alleging to have captured evidence of visitors from outer space, this purported UFO footage also captures fast-approaching company of the terrestrial variety.

In the video, the object in question hovers in view of the cameraman for a few seconds as the “money shot” is obtained, camera wiggling sporadically as focus is achieved. Suddenly, perspective shifts to the extreme right, where two fighter jets appear, rushing to the scene of the incident, before slapping back to the object, still hovering in midair as they approach. In a statement he gave to the UK’s Daily Mail, former Ministry of Defense UFO expert Nick Pope says, “this is one of the best videos I’ve seen.” So is it the real thing, or does debate over the purportedly large hovering craft in question merely cast a shadow on its authenticity?

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LXm3HwtvTKA[/youtube]

Sadly, more and more videos of this sort are appearing on the Internet these days, and the typical old “unknown cameraman” dilemma is hardly convincing when it comes to shedding light on the shadowed subjectivity so often associated with ufology. And yet, this is the best that the media offers regarding the video above, and in the case of the DM article, mention is only given late in the piece, after the otherwise sensational testimony given by one of England’s leading ufologists. In his defense, after years of studying similar footage and evidence of unexplained technology present in Earth’s vicinity, his conclusions are likely to be broader, as they are based on the accumulation of information he has studied and compiled over the years, during which time he served under the British MoD. Nonetheless, when little evidence supporting the identity of the cameraman can be provided, not to mention proof of accuracy of the given location depicted in the footage, it immediately becomes suspect.

Polls conducted by international media sources yearly reflect the growing opinion among the populace worldwide that something strange is occurring. For instance, in a 2008 poll conducted by Opinion Dynamics Corporation, 34% of Americans were found to believe in UFOs, with similar surveys conducted in the late 1990s by CNN suggesting as much as 80% of citizens in the US believed the government was hiding evidence of extraterrestrials visiting Earth. In spite of such broad opinions, in the long run videos such as the one linked above are entertaining, but do little else in the way of confirming whether or not we’re really alone in the universe.

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Micah Hanks is a writer, podcaster, and researcher whose interests cover a variety of subjects. His areas of focus include history, science, philosophy, current events, cultural studies, technology, unexplained phenomena, and ways the future of humankind may be influenced by science and innovation in the coming decades. In addition to writing, Micah hosts the Middle Theory and Gralien Report podcasts.
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