A UFO was seen buzzing the Statue of Liberty off of Lower Manhattan in New York City this week, and the flight of the mysterious black craft, or “orb,” was caught on video by two tourists who can be heard on the video trying to figure out what the sighting means.
The video of the Statue of Liberty UFO was posted on Wednesday by Scott Kensington.
“My wife and sister filmed this UFO while visiting New York City this week,” Kensington said on his YouTube page. “She said she was freezing from holding the camera for so long with no gloves. She said at first she thought it was a balloon but it stopped all of a sudden and stayed in one place for a while. She also ran out of disc space hence why the footage suddenly stopped. What the hell was this, guys?”< The video of the UFO over the Statue of Liberty can be viewed above. Some commenters on the video suggested that the round object which appears black against the New York sky could be a "government drone." UFO investigator Nigel Watson also thought the object could be a drone, deployed by a government agency or perhaps a private company or individual to take aerial photographs of famous landmarks. But no other reports of the black object in the sky came in from New York this week.
Watson also suggested that the object could be a “solar balloon,” such as the one pictured below.
Solar balloons are colored black in order to aid in heating the air inside, which causes the balloon to rise as the sun causes it to heat up.
But the object in the video moves in a lateral pattern, where a balloon might be expected to rise, as the hot air inside rises above the cooler air surrounding it.
Nonetheless, Watson says that if the UFO over the Statue of Liberty is indeed a solar balloon, it wouldn’t be the first time one has been mistaken for an alien spacecraft.
“It is noteworthy that hoaxers have used helium filled Mylar plastic ‘solar balloons’ in South America to create mass sightings of UFOs,” Watson told the Daily Mail newspaper. “Solar balloons are cheap to make or purchase, and can be identified because they do not make sudden or erratic movements and travel at a regular speed.”
But black orbs are also a common phenomenon among UFO watchers.
“I love orbs. We see them everywhere, clouds bushes, security cams, animal cams,” says Scott Waring of the popular site UFO Sightings Daily. “These entities are unique in that they can sense your feelings.”
Waring posted a video of an orb over San Juan Batista California, just one day after the Kensington posted his video of a UFO that appears to look like an orb over the Statue of Liberty.