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Pink UFOs, or more lens flare on Google Street View?

There was a surprising amount of buzz generated last week about pink UFOs showing up in Google Street View.

Pink UFO seen in Google Street View image in Jacksonville, TX. (Credit: Google)

The first pink UFO was reported by Andrea Dove who contacted KLTV, the ABC affiliate in East Texas. She explained that, while using Google Maps to get directions to visit a relative in Jacksonville, Texas, she spotted a UFO while using the Street View option. The shape of this pink UFO resembles a classic flying saucer. ABC News reported a similar pink UFO visible on Google Street View, but approximately one-thousand miles away in Acoma Pueblo, New Mexico.

Do these incidents indicate a new variation on a classic UFO, or is there a simpler explanation for these pink flying saucers?

Photo-video analyst Marc D’Antonio told Huffington Post journalist Lee Speigel that he believes these pink UFOs are simply lens flare resulting from the camera’s location in relation to the sun’s position.

Pink UFO seen in Google Street View image in Sydney, Australia. (Credit: Google)

People all over the world have detected UFOs using Google Street View practically since the service was launched in 2007. One such example was reported by the Daily Telegraph and other Australian media outlets in 2008. A reader contacted the Daily Telegraph to report the discovery of a UFO over Sydney on Google Street View. Its appearance? A pink flying saucer strikingly similar to the ones reported last week.

Although strange in appearance, these pink UFOs are likely “simple, but classic, lens flare,” as D’Antonio explained to Speigel. And this theory is further supported by the video below that was included in a follow-up story published by Speigel.

Jason McClellan

Jason McClellan is a UFO journalist and the producer/co-host of the web series Spacing Out! He is also the web content manager and staff writer for OpenMinds.tv, and a co-organizer and technical producer of the International UFO Congress. As a founding member of Open Minds, Jason served as a writer and editor for the now defunct Open Minds magazine. He has appeared on Syfy, NatGeo, and, most recently, he co-starred on H2's Hangar 1: The UFO Files. ------ Follow Jason on Twitter @acecentric and subscribe to Jason's updates on Facebook.

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  1. Unfortunately reading about “Pink UFOs” has led to getting the Jeff Peckman Political campaign rap “Pink UFO” stuck in my head. As for what’s going on here: I agree with D’Antonio on the lens flare.

  2. I do too. It’s funny how the same story can make headlines year after year, and both the general public and the media forget we’ve been down this road several times before.

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