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Taj Mahal UFO video detracts from Indian army UFO sightings

The Inquisitr published a story titled “UFOs Over The Taj Mahal Next? Indian Army Reports Sightings” on Sunday, August 18. This story includes a video showing an unidentified aerial object in the sky near the Taj Mahal. MSN suggests the object in this video is nothing but a “bug on the camera screen.” But the object in the video remains fixed in the sky, rather than moving with the camera as it pans, as it would if the object were simply a bug on the lens.

Alleged UFO over the Taj Mahal. (Credit: YouTube)

Alleged UFO over the Taj Mahal. (Credit: YouTube)

The bug theory is plausible if the video was shot from behind a window. Some suggest the odd, glitchy movement of the UFO at the beginning of the video is an indication that the object was added to the video digitally. This object is notably sharper and more in focus than anything else in the video, indicating that it is either very close to the lens (like a bug), or it was added digitally.

Regardless of what the video shows in the sky near the Taj Mahal, the Inquisitr‘s inclusion of this video in an article about a recent wave of UFO sightings by the Indian army is misleading and unfortunate. Aside from its title, the Inquisitr article makes no mention of the Taj Mahal UFO video. But this confusing combination led to an MSN article with the subtitle, “Did Indian troops see a UFO above the Taj Mahal?” Although the MSN article mostly understood that the two have nothing to do with each other, it’s unfortunate to see that, and other stories, grouping this mundane (and potentially hoaxed) video with a fascinating UFO sighting case involving military personnel.

Indian Astronomical Observatory. (Credit: Alin Dev)

Indian Astronomical Observatory. (Credit: Alin Dev)

Back in November 2012, members of the Indian Army and the Indo-Tibetan Border Police Force reported seeing more than one-hundred UFOs along India’s border with China during the span of two-and-a-half months. Conflicting reports by various media outlets continue to emerge related to this ongoing case. Most recently, some outlets asserted that the country’s defense minister denies the UFO reports. But astronomers and the military witnessed these objects themselves and conducted investigations in an attempt to identify the UFOs.

Several news outlets reported that astronomers concluded the UFOs were simply Jupiter and Venus. But again, these UFOs were observed and investigated by a team of astronomers from the Indian Astronomical Observatory who concluded that the objects were “non celestial,” ruling out meteors and planets. Additionally, the Telegraph reported that Dr. P. Sreekumar, the new director of the Indian Institute of Astrophysics in Bangalore, recently confirmed that the institute is still investigating the UFOs along the border. He stated, “We’re still looking at these issues. We have a facility [to investigate issues like these] and it is important that we look at it. As an institute we can’t say what it is right now. It’s very fresh.”

The many twists and turns and conflicting reporting with this case make it difficult enough to follow without articles like the one published by the Inquisitr adding more confusion.

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Jason McClellan is a UFO journalist and the producer/co-host of the web series Spacing Out! He is also the web content manager and staff writer for OpenMinds.tv, and a co-organizer and technical producer of the International UFO Congress. As a founding member of Open Minds, Jason served as a writer and editor for the now defunct Open Minds magazine. He has appeared on Syfy, NatGeo, and, most recently, he co-starred on H2's Hangar 1: The UFO Files. ------ Follow Jason on Twitter @acecentric and subscribe to Jason's updates on Facebook.

4 comments

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    Playing the video at 720HD, in the first few seconds the UFO looks very sharp compared to the entire image, which is somewhat blurred due to the camera resolution and the compression. The UFO appearing too sharp or crisp would be the result of either the object being very close to the camera or having been placed over the original video using video editing software. Not likely to be genuine.

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    “A five-member group of geologists and glaciologists led by Dr Anil Kulkarni of the ISRO’s Space Applications Centre in Ahmedabad were on a research trip through the barren Samudra Tapu Valley. They filmed a fourfoot tall robot-like figure, that walked along the valley, 50 m away from them. The humanoid object then rapidly became airborne and disappeared. The encounter lasted 40 minutes.”

    Read more at: http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/unidentified-flying-objects-ufo-seen-in-ladakh-jammu-and-kashmir-by-indian-army-itbp/1/227372.html

    I’m still trying to figure out how they explained this as planets…

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    It is fake. I found the original video on Youtube. – WITHOUT the “UFO”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UNWROFjIwvQ

    See after 3:00 in the video you will notice the same bird flying…Spread the word people on another HOAX.

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    Common guys, try to be a little more picky about ufo videos. Choosing to put such bad fake is making UFO case harder to believe in

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