VIDEO: Man films 'exploding UFO'
Friday 4 Jan 2013 1:44 p.m.
By 3 News online staff
An amateur stargazer in California has recorded a video of what appears to be a bright object exploding in space – but no one seems to know what it is.
Sacramento man Elijah Prychodzko was peering through a telescope last month when he saw a strange light appear, reports the New York Daily News.
He put his iPhone up to the telescope's viewfinder to record what he was seeing, noting there was now a second light that appeared to be orbiting the first.
"I saw something that I’d never seen before – I saw another object orbiting this, whatever it was up there, and I’ve never seen anything like that before,” he told CBS Sacramento.
Then it exploded.
"As soon as I put the camera to the telescope it just blew up and I didn’t know what to say."
On the video he can be heard saying, "Oh my god, it blew up. Something just blew up."
CBS sent the video to astronomer Stephen P Maran, who said it didn't appear to be an "astronomical" event.
It remains unexplained, but several people have left comments on YouTube suggesting it could be a weather balloon – the same explanation the US military gave for the infamous Roswell incident of 1947.