On Sunday, in a livestream broadcast from the International Space Station, a small, faint blob appeared to float just above the Earth. Or perhaps it was a smudge on the camera or trick of the light. Moments after it appeared, the video cut to a blue screen, leading conspiracy theorists to posit that the formless blob featured on the feed had extraterrestrial origins—and that NASA was covering it up.
The government agency appeases earthbound space nerds with a 24-hour live Ustream from the ISS. The footage switches from exterior Earth views to interior crew shots to maps of the ISS’s orbit. A blue screen appears whenever the ISS loses contact with the ground. The station completes an orbit ever hour and a half, which means footage captures sunsets and sunrises every 45 minutes. That leaves opportunities for lots of lens flare, which might have been what happened.
Scott Waring, creator of the site UFO Sightings Daily was the first to pick up the “unusual” video and share it with his followers, along with his observations. “I saw a UFO at the space station. It was diamond shaped and it seemed to be changing its shape, but I think that’s due to it moving ever so closer to the ISS,” Waring wrote. “As the UFO began to come into focus, the screen turned blue.”
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