by Jon Kelly UFO Examiner
The Australian Associated Press reported on March 6, 2013, how Australian actor Russell Crowe photographed lights in Sydney’s Botanical Gardens that the “Gladiator” star is at a loss to explain. Three time-lapse photographs posted to YouTube show what appear to be the motion trails of lights moving at tree-top and ground level across the image frame of a camera supported on a tripod.
While the images seem to reveal the profile of a disc-shaped vehicle in flight, other photographers are identifying these forms as the artifacts of long time exposures.
If seen with the naked eye (and there is no eye-witness account accompanying the video) these lights would have appeared as point sources and not the elongated streaks shown in the photos. Like the telephone admittedly thrown by the star of “The Insider” at a New York hotel clerk in 2005, the origins of Russell Crowe’s UFO may not be so mysterious after all.
Watch the Video
Click here to watch “UFO? Time Lapse Photos Outside RC's Woolloomooloo Office (THESE ARE REAL!)” posted by “Gladiator” actor Russell Crowe to YouTube.
Listen to Podcast
Click on the player below to listen to a podcast news update on the “Secret Message Report” discussing “The Insider”’s Russell Crowe and his UFO video presented by former CBS Radio feature producer and host, Jon Kelly.
Click here to watch "Breakdown - Russell Crowe UFO Mystery Solved" on YouTube.
Follow the Light
A close inspection of the images in the Russell Crowe video reveals how the trail of light moving near ground level that accompanies the supposed UFO is actually the brighter of the two sources of illumination, suggesting how the artifact that appears to be flying through the trees is actually second-hand light reflected from the lower source bouncing off of a filter or one of the camera’s multiple internal lens elements.
While there is likely to be a mundane explanation for Russell Crowe’s UFO photos, the positive social impact of his celebrity disclosure can be measured by the number of YouTube viewers encouraged by his video to share testimony of their own encounters.
In a CIA Robertson Panel agenda-dominated media landscape, the award-winning actor’s assertions concerning the existence of UFOs reveal the gradual capitulation to this hypothesis even by some of the most hated and revered personalities in the movie industry.
Letter to Larry
In a letter written in 2009 posted on March 5, 2013, to the Open Minds website, American film director Steven Spielberg reportedly wrote to then-CNN host Larry King the following comments:
“Personally, I would like to think we are not alone, and even though I have devoted a generous percentage of my movies to extraterrestrial related themes, I for one have never seen a UFO. That is so unfair! (sic)
“I hope you will continue to pursue this topic on your program, and that some day our government will offer a total disclosure about what they know about unidentified flying objects and their true and natural origins.”
The Tweets So Far
Postings to Twitter over the past 14 hours by “A Beautiful Mind” actor Russell Crowe chronicle the release of his UFO photos to YouTube and detail the type of camera used, how the camera was mounted, why the camera was recording, the length of the exposures, the lights’ projected rate of speed and how the photos are actually three years old.
UFO Report: “UFO? Time Lapse Photos Outside RC's Woolloomooloo Office (THESE ARE REAL!)”
Camera Used: “Canon 5D, No Flash, can't be a lense flare because it moves , camera is fixed”
No Windows: “The camera is on a balcony not behind glass”
Why Photos: “A friend and i set camera to capture fruit bats rising from Botanic Gardens,this was a big surprise”
Time Lapse: “It's not a video it is 3 time lapse photo's taken in 4.5 seconds”
Not Photoshopped: “That is the original photo's you egg beater”
Mystery: “3 time lapse photo's taken from balcony,not behind glass, 3 years ago, I don't know what it is, but to call it fake is moronic”
Projected Speed: “We considered that...but to cover that distance in 4.5 secs it would have to be travelling at 80km per hour”
Not Recent: “Good attempt, photo's were taken 3 years ago...however you dropping the ball over the try line continuously did give me a migraine”
Zoom: “I will grant you at the time the music wasn't playing, also, yes, we have pushed in on the frame..this is 3 photo's in order, nothing added”
Why Now: “I've been busy...remembered it the other day...”
YouTube Community Responds
Comments posted beneath the YouTube video titled “UFO? Time Lapse Photos Outside RC's Woolloomooloo Office (THESE ARE REAL!)” demonstrate how reasonable skepticism from viewers not convinced of the lights’ supposed extraterrestrial origins points to other theories including lens refraction and reflections from a number of possible sources including yachts moored offshore, automobile traffic and cyclists.
“A refraction from car headlights driving down the road outside the building.”
“If it makes Russell happy, let him believe it is a UFO and not some light interference.”
“It's probably just a guy riding a bike past the camera with lights on his helmet.”
“My guess is a reflection from stopped/crawling traffic.”
“Flasing siren lights ( red/yellow ) from a vehicle or craft that have been caught on film via "caustic" relection, possibly via a curved glass balcony balustrade.”
“Someone shining a laser pointer at the camera?”
“How's about funding some sort of UFO investigation starring a nobody like me and a somebody like you?”
“It's a AR DRONE 2.0. Check out ar drone 2.0 Australia on Facebook and see what I'm taking about.”
“If this was time lapse photography then that could just be a plane?”
“It's streetlights, you can see the tubes.”
“Could it be in fact a beacon from the top of a ship's mast in the marina in front of his location????”
“A car in the opposite window from where the camera was positioned as it looks like there are actually two red light trails quite close together.”
“This is a dark truck riding near camera.”
“It could be the port light on a yacht's mast going into the marina at Woolloomooloo.”
“A paparazzi drone waiting to get a time lapse of him.”
“Reflected light from a passing car outside the fence.”
“It's an internal reflection from the car headlights, caused by a filter being on the lens. Take the filter off and the reflection will go away.”
“It's just a yacht motoring by... and you're just catching the mast.”
“Most likely just a tiny piece of US surveillance technology that he accidentally caught.”
“That UFO looks a whole lot like a window reflection of a work lamp.”
“Russ's place is near the end of the wharf, the shot is taken looking west towards the botanic gardens and Mrs Macquarie's Rd.
“In the video you see 2 cars drive along Mrs Macquaries Rd, keeping in mind it's a time lapse shot with the shutter open for a number of seconds. The 'UFO' lights are a yacht passing in the foreground... there are lots of millionaires yachts moored there.”
While Russell Crowe may not have captured photographic proof of life from outer space, the actor’s willingness to engage the public on this topic has encouraged others (who may not have otherwise stepped forwards) to disclose their personal experiences, including the following brief testimonies posted to YouTube.
“I live in melbourne and about 10 years ago I saw weird stuff in the skies whilst living in malvern. One night about 12.30am I was sitting outside and a totally silent object twice the size of a helicopter flew at fairly low altitude over my house and kept traveling towards the dandenongs. It just appeared as a constant white/yellowish light and I couldn't see any structure to it.”
“Looks real to me , my brother inlaw and his mum saw one like that at their house in portsea many years ago , over the house . completely silent and was very bright as he described it , they ran down the street cos they thought the colors coming off it was gonna make them catch on fire.”
“I actually saw something red flying around in Melbourne the other day.. was a bit confused on what it was but i thought it was balloon, but then i thought if it was a balloon it would be making more of a floating action.”
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