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Strange sky phenomenon seen in Ivory Coast: Virgin Mary apparition?

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’?

Wikipedia
:

‘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.

About Dakota O'Leary

Dakota O'Leary is a freethinker, and often sassy, scholar of theology and literature. She got her Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Theology from the State University of New York College at Buffalo, and her Master of Arts degree in Theology and Literature from Antioch University-Midwest. She is a contributing writer focusing on eschatology, biblical prophecy, and general religious news. Dakota is a co-host of the God Discussion radio show, offering insight to the news stories of the week. We like to call her "our in-house Biblical prophecy expert" as her articles on eschatology have received over 200,000 views on God Discussion.
  • http://www.goddiscussion.com admin

    She's making her appearance because she's paving the way for Jesus to show up on May 21. That UFO over Jerusalem earlier this year was probably John the Baptist.

    Deborah

  • http://thejoyfulmystic.blogspot.com Sheri Lawson

    Recently I watched a video done by a skeptic who explains how certain chemicals in the atmosphere are enabling people to actually create holograms in the sky of whatever they want and that is what they plan to do to make it appear that Jesus has returned. This lends a little credibility to that.

  • John

    Our Lady will be particularly powerful in these end times as many prophets such as Anne Catherine Emmerich has said. Weren't 1000 Catholics just slaughtered in Cot D'Ivoire recently? Nobody should be surprised that our Lady is there. Please also don't bring up Medjugore, that has long ago been proven a false apparition designed by the evil one to lead people astray. The 6 little "seers" all live in fancy, expensive houses nowadays..NOT from our Lady.

  • Mriana

    All I see is sun, clouds and some sort of flares. I assume the other people are having some sort of party and these guys are having fun playing around with camera parlour tricks? Did I mention I have always been a big skeptic?

    • http://www.goddiscussion.com admin

      Toward the end, I saw what appeared to be a being … but I was left with the question, why were they filming the sun in the first place? It seemed to me that they were "anticipating" something — perhaps anticipating creating a hoax.

      Call me a skeptic, too.

      Deborah

      • Mriana

        They were doing something, that is for sure. It makes no sense otherwise.

  • http://kiss.howtofrench.com Amy

    Medjugore has long ago been proven a false apparition. I'm not sure I can agree with this.

    • http://www.goddiscussion.com Dakota O'Leary

      It's up to you! The article is one of those where everyone is free to agree or disagree :)

      • http://none REALIFE

        PEOPLE ALWAYS DISAGREE WHEN IT'S SOMETHING SPIRITUAL…BUT LET A UFO COME DOWN & EVERYBODY'S BELIEVING IT. WELL, MY BELIEF IS IN GOD, AND IF IT'S REAL OR NOT, IT'S OUT OF THE ORDINARY, AND NO HUMAN COULD DO IT. (THAT IS THE POWER OF GOD), AND FORGET PROJECT BLUE POOP! THAT'S JUST SCIENTIFIC EXCUSES TO COVER UP THE WORKS OF GOD!
        **THE END IS NEAR BIG BABY**
        DONT BE FOOLED & GET RIGHT WITH "WHOEVER" YOU BELIEVE IT..SMH..

        • http://www.goddiscussion.com admin

          Sock puppet.

  • http://htc-desires.dk/ martin

    The mind is a powerfull thing, it can make us believe we se things or it can make us believe we dont se things. Sadly theres no teachers edition we can look in and find the right answer..

  • http://johnthomasdidymus.blogspot.com johnthomas didymus

    i tend to be reticent about videos such as this: its really difficult to be sure exactly what you are seeing: I wish the weather and atmospheric phenomena experts would speak out more and help us narrow down the possibilities

  • http://accuratepsychicreadingsnow.com Elizabeth Holloway

    So they couldn't have created the Virgin Mary appearing using the Law of Attraction? GRIN! I'm kidding. I don't know what it is but it does make a good video! Thanks, Dakota, for posting it!

  • http://none MAKINGIT

    BOY, I TELL YA…THERE'S A LOT OF NON BELIEVERS GOING TO HELL…SMH..KEEP BELIEVING IN THE SCIENTIFIC PROJECT BLUE POOP GARBAGE…GET YOUR MIND RIGHT AND KNOW ONLY GOD CAN DO SOMETHING LIKE THAT…READ YOUR BIBLE…POOR "YOU" PEOPLE..

    • http://www.goddiscussion.com admin

      You are a sock puppet using the same IP and different identities. Any more of this and your IP will be blacklisted from this blog. Please read our terms and conditions. I am watching you.

      Also, all caps do not drive your point home.

      Deborah

      • http://www.houseofbetazed.com Mriana

        Interesting how the puppets like the Dark Ages. Actually, I feel sorry for those who prefer to be illiterate.

  • Robespierre

    What happened in the Ivory Coast reminds me of the apparition of the Virgin Mary over a church in Zeitoun, Egypt in the late 1960s

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/themanofearth themanofearth

    THAT'S the virgin Marry?

    Why are these appearances of "holy" figures always such paltry phenomena? You'd think that if they were the messenger or attached to an all powerful being, they could manage something better than appearing as a blurry image behind some trees in the sun or as a burn pattern on a grilled cheese sandwich.

    • http://www.goddiscussion.com Dakota O'Leary

      Get thee hence, unbeliever!!! *laughing*

  • http://giantpromotions.com/Air-Dancers Elizabeth

    Thanks for posting the video!

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