A mysterious sphere that appeared in the skies over the U.S. and South Africa last week sparked speculations that Planet X/Nibiru had arrived and was on collision course with Earth.
Photos and videos of the object clearly visible in the skies were captured over Fremont, California, north central Arkansas, and South Africa.
A man was driving home from work at about 8:16 p.m. on June 15, 2015, in Fremont, California, when he looked up and noticed a beautiful sunset. While driving, he rolled down his window and snapped photos of the sunset to the west with his iPhone.
When he remembered to look at the photos the next morning, he noticed a yellowish, solid object like a half-moon in the photos (see photo below). He knew it couldn't be the moon because the object was in the western sky. At first, he thought it might be a lens flare, but changed his mind after taking a closer look.
"In all the photos I see online with lens flares, I have never seen a half circle or half of a solid shape. My lens was clean with no water or streaks. In some of the photos it does appear to be simply a lens flare. However, the shape and placement just don't add up."
Earlier on June 8, 2015, at about 8:50 p.m., Vickie Acklin, a resident of north central Arkansas, was snapping photos of the sunset when she saw a sphere in the sky. She captured a series of images showing an object that appears to be a sphere in the western sky.
The object appeared to be falling, leaving a trail above it as it fell toward Earth (see video below).
"Just after the sun had gone below the horizon a bright pink sphere came into view. I could clearly see it, and the trail above it, with my naked eyes. It was a bright and intense pink. It moved quickly and I was able to take pictures for a few minutes before it went below the treeline and I could no longer see it."
Acklin uploaded the photos online because she felt that the appearance of the object in the sky could lead to a "very important event." But although the object was clearly visible in the sky, she was unable to guess its absolute size because she could not estimate its distance. But she said it looked close because she could see it clearly in the sky with unaided eyes as a tiny, pink object that looked like a marble. She noted, however, that her zoom lens makes the object look bigger and closer in the video than it was in real life.
"To my eyes it looked about like a very intense, pink, tiny marble. It could still be very far out and large or close and small I have no way to know the size of the object. The object appears much larger in the pictures because of the zoom lens."