A couple weeks ago Laurie Miller shot me another quick email with a
burning question. There's a YouTube video making the rounds purporting
to show a large circular cloud formation above Jerusalem accompanied
by a deep, continuous trumpet-like sound. Laurie's question: according
to online articles, NASA says it's a natural thing, so what's going
I (painfully) read a bunch of the articles describing the video, and
one amusingly ended with the rhetorical question "Is this caused by
God or ET?" Well, let me toss in two more possibilities: nature, and a
Regarding nature, none of the NASA quotes were attributed to a human
being with a name. Just "a source at NASA", or "a NASA associate". A
couple articles just quote "NASA", as if it were an entity capable of
thought and commentary. Anyway, nature does make funny sounds
sometimes, but I don't think that's the culprit here.
I'd also like to point out that we live in a age where almost every
person on the planet carries with them a high-definition camera, and
judging by Facebook and Twitter, enjoy sharing every single picture
taken with those cameras. Jerusalem hosts around 800,000 such people,
and this one dude was the only one to capture this strange event?
Did I mention that the dude who posted the video is a digital effects
artist, whose YouTube channel features many other blends of the real
and the virtual?