Actor Russell Crowe is making headlines after he posted a video online that suggests a UFO flew over Australia. He says he caught the images while trying to film fruit bats, but many people are skeptical, saying a camera setting created the images.
Russell Crowe, who most recently starred in the latest film adaptation of Les Miserables, has turned his attention to being behind the camera, more specifically, filming UFOs. According to several media reports, Crowe suggested he and a friend may have captured a brightly colored UFO over Sydney's Royal Botanic Gardens.
The Daily Telegraph reported the actor sent out a Tweet linking to a 23 second YouTube video.
"A friend and I set camera to capture fruit bats rising from Botanic Gardens. This was a big surprise,'' said a Tweet from Crowe's official Twitter account, with link to YouTube accompanying the Tweet.
In the video it says, "Time lapse photos outside RC's office in Woolloomooloo...These are real...UFO?"
Many people on the Web are doubting UFO claims, according to The Telegraph.
"Common RC. It could have been more believable without all the editing. Just raw footage would have made it viral. Anyways, loved you in Les Mis," said one YouTube user.
Many social media users are claiming the time lapse setting could cause the appearance of unusual objects, but in reality could be headlights from cars, light reflection, airplanes, and one user suggested swamp gas.
Crowe defended the images on Twitter saying, "Canon 5D, no flash, can't be lens flare because it moves, camera is fixed,'' in a reply to one Twitter user. "The camera is on a balcony - not behind glass.''
Another user suggests it is possible, posting under the YouTube video, "I actually saw something red flying around in Melbourne the other day.. was a bit confused on what it was but i thought it was balloon, but then i thought if it was a balloon it would be making more of a floating action.. as much as its edited the footage could b real.. never know.. *shrugs*"
Crowe said he was about 820 feet (250 meters) from the gardens when he captured the footage.
UFOs and strange sightings have been making the occasional headline lately. Recently, Digital Journal reported on the recent claims of UFOs entering and exiting the pretty active Popocatépetl volcano in Mexico.
Here's the footage Russell Crowe refers to:
The YouTube link goes to a new account by the name of ParallelUniverse1234, but the Daily Telegraph notes it is not clear if this account belongs to Crowe.
What do you think? A UFO or something caused by a camera setting?