Following the recent alleged video evidence that asteroid 2012 DA14 -- which zipped past Earth shortly after the February, 2013, Chelyabinsk meteor incident -- was an "asteroid buster" UFO stationed in space to take out asteroids in a collision course with Earth, UFO hunters are revisiting the controversy sparked by NASA images of asteroid 2004 BL86 released by the agency during the asteroid's flyby in January, 2015.
UFO hunter Secureteam10 recently uploaded the controversial NASA images of asteroid 2004 BL86 to his YouTube channel.
As the controversy over asteroid 2004 BL86 escalated in January, 2015, NASA found itself on the defensive as UFO hunters cited evidence that appeared to prove that NASA images had inadvertently provided evidence of alien UFOs in our solar system.
The images, first released by NASA in January, 2015, show a "mysterious" object near the 325-meter asteroid 2004 BL86 in space. The image sparked a debate between apparently exasperated NASA astronomers and UFO hunters who accused the agency of covering up evidence of a UFO approaching the near-Earth asteroid.
Asteroid 2004 BL86, about one-third of a mile across, zipped past Earth at a speed of 35,000 miles per hour on January 26, 2015, at a distance of about 745,000 miles -- a close-shave on the astronomical scale.
The controversy over asteroid 2004 BL86 was sparked by the series of images of the asteroid taken by NASA's 230-foot-wide Dark Space Network antenna in Goldstone, California, as the asteroid zoomed past Earth in January, 2015.
The images were used by experts at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California to create an animated GIF (see below) which appeared to show a body flying in space towards the asteroid.NASA scientists claimed at the time that the images show a natural satellite ("moon") or space rock orbiting asteroid 2004 BL86.
"The primary body is approximately 1,100 feet across and has a small moon approximately 230 feet across," NASA said in a statement.
But UFO hunters were adamant and confronted NASA aggressively, saying they had proof that the images do not show a natural body or space rock but a diamond-shaped artificial object -- that is, an alien UFO flying directly towards the asteroid.UFO hunters accused NASA of lying to cover up evidence of a UFO about to enter into orbit around the asteroid or land on it. UFO conspiracy theorists who claimed to have analyzed the images argued that the video shows clearly and unambiguously a 70-meter (230-feet) artificial or intelligently designed craft -- presumably an alien UFO.
According to eagle-eyed online UFO researchers, NASA deceptively palmed off the 70-meter UFO as a natural satellite or "moon" orbiting the large asteroid because government does not want us to know that technologically advanced extraterrestrial beings are exploring our solar system.
UFO hunters pushed two major arguments to support their position.
They noted that the object was not flying in a curved path around the asteroid, as a natural body in orbit would. They also noted that the object was not spinning on its axis as a natural body or satellite would.
According to UFO blogger Scott Waring, writing on his UFO Sightings Daily blog, "This asteroid has a UFO flying in orbit around it. We can see from the detailed photo that the craft is diamond shaped and flat."
"NASA of course goes on to say that this flat object which does not flip over end is a moon. Wrong! Any moon this thin would be tumbling end over end," the UFOlogist argued. "This object is keeping itself steady; flying like a ship would in space."In a rare defensive response, NASA pointed out that it was not unusual for a large asteroid such as 2004 BL86 to occur as part of a binary or triple system -- that is, an asteroid with one or more natural satellites or "moons."
"In the near-Earth population, about 16 percent of asteroids that are about 655 feet or larger are a binary or even triple system," NASA said in a statement released at the time.
But UFO hunters were adamant that the 70-meter (230-feet) object that appears near the asteroid shows clear features that prove it was an extraterrestrial spacecraft.
They argued that an important piece of evidence that the object was not an orbiting natural satellite was that it was not spinning on its axis as the laws of physics require a natural satellite being propelled by gravitational forces.
"Any moon this thin would be tumbling end over end. This object is keeping itself steady, flying like a ship would in space."They also argued that the short video does not show the object moving in a curved path indicative of an orbital trajectory, but that it appears to move in a straight path directly towards the asteroid.
The arguments and "proofs" pushed by UFO conspiracy theorists gained traction online, with many openly expressing doubt on NASA's Facebook page that the object was a natural satellite as NASA claimed.
Apparently fearing they were losing the debate to UFO conspiracy theorists, NASA scientists uploaded another video on January 30, 2016 (see video below), that purportedly provided "a new view of asteroid 2004 BL86 and its small moon."The new video appeared to answer objections previously raised by Facebook users reacting to the agency's first video. The new video appeared to show the curved orbital path of the object (see video above) around asteroid 2004 BL 86. It also appeared to show the object spinning as it orbited the giant asteroid.
"The 20 individual images used in the movie were generated from data collected at Goldstone on Jan. 26, 2015. They show the primary body is approximately 1,100 feet (325 meters) across and has a small moon approximately 230 feet (70 meters) across," NASA said.
"In the near-Earth population, about 16% of asteroids that are about 655 feet or larger are a binary (the primary asteroid with a smaller asteroid moon orbiting it) or even triple systems (two moons)," the agency added.
But many UFO hunters quickly raised doubts about the authenticity of the new video, asking why NASA released it only after UFO hunters pointed out the obvious problems with the earlier video. They accused NASA of releasing a fake and doctored video after UFO hunters exposed the truth that the first video shows a UFO approaching asteroid 2004 BL86 and not a natural satellite orbiting the space body.
Nigel Watson, a well-known British UFO expert, author of UFO Investigations Manual, who had helped the British government research and investigate reports of UFO sightings, appeared to support UFO hunters when he commented that sightings of diamond-shaped UFOs were common around the world.
"We already know that the Comet 67P is a huge alien spaceship that has been sending radio signals to NASA for the last 20 years," he said, "and that was why the Rosetta spacecraft was sent there to make contact with its tentacled crew. So we shouldn't be shocked that a UFO has now been discovered orbiting Asteroid 2004 BL86."
[Image via NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory/YouTube]