A strange daytime phenomena was caught on cell phone video in the Ivory Coast last week that frightened residents of Abidjan, and was aired by Afrika United TV:
The comments at RealUFOs went as follows:
-The video is ‘fake’, the ‘apparition’ a ‘hologram’, ‘lens flare’ or a ‘solar flare at 240p opn a cell phone cam’. The phenomena ‘definitely not a UFO!’.
The standard definition of a UFO, an ‘unidentified flying object’. Based on the reaction from the crowd the event seemed to have caused some hysteria. In the video it’s obvious the people witnessed something in the sky. In the video footage, other individuals holding up their cell phones to capture the event.
Death by 1000 Papercuts asked the following questions:
Was the event a ‘solar flare’ captured by a cell phone?
Not likely as solar flares are related to the Aurora Borealis ‘Northern Lights’ seen and photographed in the northern hemisphere.
Was the apparition a ‘lens flare’?
‘Flare is particularly caused by a very bright light sources either in the image – which produces visible artifacts – or shining into the lens but not in the image – which produces a haze. Most commonly, this occurs when shooting into the sun (when the sun is in frame or the lens is pointed in the direction of the sun), and is reduced by using a lens hood or other shade.’
Which leads to, if the apparition in the video was a lens flare, why were the people in the video ‘hysterical’, and, was the bright object in the sky, the sun?
We were unable to find out the exact time the video footage was taken and the position of the sun. Since most people know you’ll go blind if you look directly in the sun the footage seems to show people looking directly at the bright object in the sky.
Marian apparitions have been a popular occurrence through time with the most popular in recent times being Our Lady of Medagorje who appeared to six children in 1981. Wikipedia notes:
The Our Lady of Međugorje messages are published and distributed worldwide and often emphasize five key elements: Daily prayer of the Holy Rosary, Fasting on Wednesdays and Fridays, Daily reading of the Bible, Monthly Confessions and Holy Communion. The Međugorje messages have a very strong following among Catholics worldwide. The Holy See has never officially either approved or disapproved of the messages of Međugorje, although both critical and supportive documents about the messages have been published by various Catholic figures. On March 17, 2010, the Vatican announced it was beginning a formal investigation of the apparitions at Medugorje. Cardinal Camillo Ruini is to head the commission that will study the matter.
Is it likely that the event in the Ivory Coast is a Marian apparition? Most seem to think not. For the faithful, they will continue to be a miraculous occurrence; and a source of wonder and mystery to those outside the Catholic faith.