The Google Street View image over Jacksonville shows a saucer-shaped object hanging in the sky trailed by a white line that looks like exhaust fumes of a flying craft.
Andrea Dove, a Google Street View user, saw the image and contacted KLTV
in East Texas. According to ABC News
, Dove was using Google Maps to get directions to visit her aunt in Jacksonville, Texas
when she spotted the "UFO" on Google Street View.
James Boyum, KTLV
reporter who investigated the UFO image, said: "No one I spoke with had seen anything strange over Jacksonville, and although it could be a lens flare or an unexplainable reflection of some nearby object, I saw no indication of anything which fell under that umbrella."
According to The Huffington Post
, photo and video analyst Marc Dantonio, thinks the "alien saucer" is only a lens flare. He told The Huffington Post
: "I examined the Google Earth photo in question. This is a simple, but classic, lens flare. It is oriented exactly perpendicular to the sun, which is, of course, the source of the lens flare. The red color -- although apparently odd -- is not really unexpected. Color can be related to chromatic aberration where the light rays do not reach the same focal point, causing the final artifact to appear in a primary color like red, green or blue."
Dantonio's simplifying explanation is, however, complicated by reports that an identical "lens flare UFO" was reported on a Google Street View image nearly 1,000 miles from Jacksonville, Texas, in Acoma Pueblo, New Mexico
. The New Mexico "UFO" looks exactly like the first: pink-colored, saucer-shaped, and even more mysterious, both appeared close to a McDonald's
According to ABC News
, anyone may view the UFO by "simply searching Jacksonville, Texas, and panning upward toward the sky in Street View... and by searching for the Sky City Casino Hotel on 32 Indian Service Route 30, Acoma Pueblo, N.M." Both Google Street view images have identical UFOs hanging in the sky.
reports the Jacksonville image was shot "right by the Landmark building at the 69 and 79 intersection, Home of Sadler's Restaurant."
Residents at both locations have not reported seeing a pink saucer in the sky. Maybe the UFO whizzed past so fast and silently that no one noticed but the Google camera that caught it?
The Daily Mail
reports that some have suggested it could be an identical pattern of sun glare from the camera or identical reflections of light from arches of a McDonald's restaurant.
Surely, there must be a simple technical explanation. It stretches the imagination to picture aliens visitors who, having mistaken the McDonald's organization for the world's governing body, would mount stealth surveillance of two McDonald outlets 1,000 miles apart for vital intelligence report on Earthling affairs.
Or could these particular aliens be fast-food enthusiasts?