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ISS mistaken for UFO over Bulgaria (Video)

Another cautionary tale when it comes to identifying potential UFOs is a recent video posted by a YouTuber in Bulgaria using the name “nedialko kostadinov.” The video shows an unusually bright light moving from horizon to horizon. This is exactly what you would expect from the International Space Station (ISS), which it just so happens was flying over the town where the video was captured at the exact time the video was captured.

The video is called UFO NK 61, presumably because it is believed to be a UFO taken by a man with the initials NK, and is the 61st UFO video Kostadinov has taken. Although upon further review, many of these videos also appear to be the ISS, others look like bright stars, but some are a bit more mysterious.

UFO NK 61 was taken in Haskovo, Bulgaria on August 4, 2013 at 5:13 am, according to Kostadinov. This is precisely the time the ISS was overhead according to the satellite tracking website Heavens Above.


In a Huffington Post story the UFO was described as “changing colors and intensity.” However, it is common for a camera with auto-zoom to zoom in and out as it tries to focus on a small point of light in the sky. This makes the object appear to change in size, brightness, and color.

Ben Hansen, lead investigator for the Syfy Channel’s Fact or Faked, examined the video and noted that he did not believe the video was CGI. He says he also believes the other videos posted by Kostadinov to be real, but notes they are “undramatic.”

He suggests that in the future UFO videographers like Kostadinov should:

…film with two cameras and invest in some night vision. Placing one camera on a tripod may help us determine the true motion of the object so we can eliminate the possibility of conventional craft or illuminated balloons or lanterns. Night vision will enhance the overall image quality of the video and give us more information to analyze.

Also, don’t forget to check Heavens Above to be sure you aren’t filming the ISS, another bright satellite, or a celestial object.

One of Kostadinvo’s videos that is a bit more mysterious:

Alejandro Rojas

Alejandro Rojas is a radio host for Open Minds Radio, editor and contributing writer for Open Minds magazine as well as OpenMinds.tv. For several years Alejandro was the official spokesperson for the Mutual UFO Network as the Director of Public Education. As a UFO/Paranormal researcher and journalist, Alejandro has spent many hours in the field investigating phenomena up close and personal. Alejandro has been interviewed by media organizations around the world, including the largest cable and network news agencies with several appearances on Coast to Coast AM.

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  1. One of the things I find interesting about how ufos are approached is the different stance taken by different groups.
    Mufon are more reserved in their approach almost as though part of the political remit is to gain credibility through skepticism but at the same time apply a underlying tone that the topic has relevance. (Which it does).
    I am inclined to agree that one should fight dogmatic stigmatism with equall psychological warfare when it comes to this issue.
    More blogs, more articles and more coverage with a hidden message slowly exposing a change it societal attitudes.

    Good job.

  2. The ISS goes in a straight line. this curves as it hits the electric wires. so I don’t know that it’s the ISS or a very weird camera filming this.

  3. Many a time have I looked out for the ISS when it is flying directly overhead but have never been able to spot it with the naked eye. I suggest this is not the ISS, instead something traking the orbit of the ISS.

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