Craig Lowther says he spotted a UFO in the sky over England on Jan. 12, and he’s got video to back up his claim.
Lowther was out walking his dog when he spotted the purple orb.
"I always look up at the night sky when I go out because where I live, you get a great view of the stars," Lowther told ChronicleLive. "But when I looked up, I noticed what I thought was a plane traveling on an unusual flight path. It was an unusual color for a plane and it was not moving as you would expect a plane to move."
Lowther grabbed his camera after spotting a light blip following an unusual trajectory. When he zoomed in with his camera, a purple, pulsating, eye-shaped object came into focus. Here is Lowther’s footage of the sighting (video below):
So, are we really seeing a UFO here? Not so fast, says Alex O’Neil, a graduate student in astrophysics from the University of Sheffield. He says this is an optical illusion stemming from a star named Sirius, the brightest star in the sky at this time of the year.
“The brightest star in the night sky is called Sirius and it is often mistaken for a UFO because of how bright it is and how low in the sky it is,” O’Neil reasons. “It appears to be twinkling or pulsating because when light passes through the atmosphere, it becomes distorted. Viewing Sirius through a telescope can be very confusing because it appears to move and change color. It is all just a trick of the eye.”
Sources: ChronicleLive, The Huffington Post / Photo Credit: Screenshot