If this week has been particularly intense for the news agenda (helicopter crash, horsemeat and HMV closure) well then this video might provide slight distraction. Entitled “UFO video filming on the moon in 2013” the clip, lasting less than a minute, has made its way into national discussion.

Zooming in on the moon’s surface, the video shows two small blurry dots flying across the space that has incited humorous, intelligent and equally ridiculous comments. Of course the topic of discussion is what this object might actually be: a sign of extra-terrestrial life, a trick of the eye or an insignificant piece of space debris? A white dot emerges from the left hand side of the frame travelling at what looks like a constant speed. An apparently faster dot of the same description immediately followed from the same place but, it accelerates and then manoeuvres in an instant towards the bottom right hand side of the screen, leaving behind a trail of light, resembling a vapour trail. This peculiar motion has prompted fanatics to claim this as further proof of other life beyond or within our solar system.

The first questions that ought to be asked are ‘what was the purpose of the video?’ and ‘is the source reliable?’ before analysing the footage. Yet only a few involved commenting on the video considered these and proceeded to either debunk the claims of a vehicle carrying aliens or support it.

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