On August 27, 2011, two men were in the forests of Raleigh, North Carolina. They saw a dazzlingly bright UFO. The UFO was so bright that it lit up the entire forest around them. They recorded this mysterious craft with their mobile phone.
The UFO can be described as being extremely bright with an orange-yellow color at its core. It had an orb shape.
There are a few key factors that help explain why this UFO was seen so brightly.
One is that it was nighttime. In most cases, the darker something is against its surroundings, the easier it will be to see.
If you’ve ever been out at night in a forest, you know how dark and quiet everything is from ground level.
But what if you happen to be standing at the top of a tree? Would you have a different perspective? That’s exactly what happened here, as our witness and his friend were driving through the forest when they happened to look up and see something very bright overhead.
Another thing about this UFO is, according to the video, it was pretty low in altitude—only about 100 feet above them—so even though there were trees all around them, this object still managed to shine through without any trouble.
Our witness also told us that he did use his cell phone camera to capture video footage of this event; however, it’s the only footage available at this time.
Viewers were divided as to whether or not this video was real.
“So you actually film a flashlight duck tape to your drone and want to make us believe it’s aliens? seriously bro, get a life,” said Nicolas Vad, a viewer.
“EVERY person says Fake fake fake. When is it supposed to be real?,” said DJ 2DOPE, a viewer.
If you thought North Carolina was just the home of Krispy Kreme, barbecue, and Chappell Hill Farms – think again. Here are some of the most strange and unthinkable UFO sightings made in North Carolina:
1. One person from Greenville, North Carolina described their encounter with a UFO as looking like “a boomerang stuck on its side,” and having two beams coming off of it towards the ground. It was described to be approximately 500 meters away from their location.
2. In 2008 in Hendersonville, North Carolina, witnesses reported a triangular-shaped object with no lights on hovering in the sky at an estimated height of 150 feet. It glided across the sky silently.
3. In 2018 a Lake Norman resident has uploaded a video to YouTube allegedly showing a UFO overhead. “I was at work 2018 at 10:30 a.m. it had been raining all morning. The rain finally stopped so we went pick up a boat from lake norman. When came around the corner I saw this thing sitting still very close,” said the witness.
UFO over the forests of Raleigh: Conclusion
There’s no question that we’re in a time of fake news and fake videos. A recent study has found that 60% of people over the age of 60 believe that up to 80% of the videos they see online are not real. And it’s easy to see why—with video editing becoming ever more accessible, it can be hard to tell if the video you’re looking at is the real thing or something that’s been altered by a well-meaning prankster or a malicious troll.
Many people have had their lives turned upside down by this post-truth era, especially those who use the internet as their main source of information about the world. And for some people, there is no more contentious subject than UFOs.
The proliferation of smartphones has made recording these kinds of videos easier than ever, but how can you tell if an alleged UFO video is real or not? Here are some tips:
- Check when the video was posted. If it’s a recent release, chances are it hasn’t been thoroughly fact-checked yet. If it’s an older video, try checking to see if there’s any information out there as to whether it has been debunked or not.
- Check who posted the video. Is it from a known site that regularly posts fake news? If so, steer clear. Try to find a source from a more reliable news outlet before believing whatever you’re reading or watching.
- Use multiple sources to fact-check your findings before jumping to conclusions about something as serious as UFOs!
There are a few things we can assess from the evidence provided by this video:
- There were no news reports about the event.
- The two witnesses did not try to contact any local news stations about the event, nor did they try to contact any UFO hunting groups.
- The video first appeared on a channel known for uploading misleading content.
- The channel has not done any other follow-up videos. They have also left no social media links for followers to reach them.
- No interview with the two witnesses was ever recorded or reported on by a third party, meaning we have no idea if they even witnessed this event themselves or if it was completely staged.
- A drone cannot be ruled out.
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