Skeptics are now wondering whether the Mayans were right after all, following sightings of UFOs over two US cities. Last week, residents of both San Francisco and Brooklyn witnessed glowing objects in the sky. A sighting was also reported in England.
According to Live Science, on December 3, at the Prospect Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn, an amateur videographer captured a formation of lights moving slowly overhead. The three sources of light appeared to move in a single formation in the same direction and at the same speed as though they were lights from a single moving vessel.
According to isciencetimes, the Brooklyn UFO was sighted on December 3, moving over Vanderbilt and Dean Avenues, about 12 miles from JFK International Airport. isciencetimes reports the sighting was within range of the airport's radar. But airport authorities report no unusual aerial activity.
According to Betabeat, a witness described the "strange lights over Vanderbilt Avenue": "There were three orbs glowing like fire and again flying in formation. Each of the three finally stopped at the same point in the sky, hovered, and then disappeared. They made no noise, however, several people in the street did notice and stopped to watch.”
An identical sighting was reported over the Mission district of San Francisco in the early hours of December 9, CBS San Francisco reports. The triangular formation of lights appeared to hover silently in the sky, then moved slowly, drifting away (see the video).
isciencetimes reports the UFO sightings in the US bear exact resemblance to another sighting in Breton, England (see video).
There have been speculations about the source and nature of the lights. CBS San Francisco reports that Enrique Barrios, who filmed the San Francisco UFOs early on Sunday morning, after a Saturday night out, admitted he had been drinking. But his camera hadn't. He is certain that what his camera filmed in the air were "fire balls." He said: "Absolutely, tequila was maybe an influence here... [but] I am 100 percent sure this was a UFO. Looked like flame, you know, fireballs in the sky."
Another witness David Shelley, took pictures as the lights floated in the sky early on Sunday morning. He said: “Kind of looked like a fiery, floaty thing." According to witnesses, the lights went on and off. Barrios said: “So in the beginning they looked like flying candles, and then afterwards they started making formations, triangular formations."
Others are suggesting that the sightings were deliberately engineered hoax. Fox News suggests they may be Chinese floating lanterns. But the manner in which the "fireballs" moved in a single formation raises questions.
isciencetimes, however, reports a previous hoax in which a man strung weather balloons together and created a triangular "UFO" in the sky over Phoenix, Arizona.
The website asks: "Is it a sign that aliens are returning to Earth as prophesied by the Mayans or is it an elaborate hoax on par with the lights over Phoenix hoax from 1997?"
CBS reports that an astronomer Bing Quock, assistant director of the Morrison Planetarium at the California Academy for Sciences, said: "It's not a planet, it's not a constellation, it's not meteors, it’s not the moon."
According to Betabeat, when he was asked if they could be alien craft, Quock said, “That would not be my first guess, no.” His opinion: “It looks to me like it could have been balloons, carrying lights."
Federal aviation officials say they have no reports of UFOs in the sky, and they are not sure what the lights in the video are.