The UFO that appeared in the sky over a Canadian minor league baseball team, leaving many scratching their heads over its identity, has turned out to be an unlikely hoax.
Unlikely because it wasn't anything perpetrated by an individual or a group of kids flying a sophisticated kite or build-it-yourself remote controlled device. This one involved a planetarium deploying a drone, not quite like the armed unmanned aircraft deployed by the military, but a drone nonetheless.
"Recent close encounters reported by local UFO bloggers are actually the result of an elaborate hoax masterminded by the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre," according to their own press release.
Here's the video that started it all.
The incident unfolded in Vancouver, British Columbia, on Sept. 3 in the sixth inning of a game between the Vancouver Canadians and the Everett AquaSox at Scotiabank Field's Nat Bailey Stadium.
"The goal of the faux UFO was to create a buzz about the new planetarium viewer experience... The Planetarium Theatre at the Space Centre underwent a half million-dollar upgrade this summer," according to their press release.
The ad agency that worked with the Space Centre informed Alejandro Rojas at Open Minds that the UFO campaign didn't involve the distribution of any hoaxed images or videos to UFO bloggers or media sources. They "simply flew the drone and posted a few images and clips. The Internet did the rest."
By: L. Spiegel