Not a drone nor a bird. What's that "thing" seemingly orbiting over Homs, Syria?

While seeking for new interesting footage from Syria, to update the yesterday post about the weapons being used by the regime against the opposition in Homs, I stumbled upon this video.

Something seemingly “solid” seems to orbit in the smoke coming from a burning building (an oil pipe according to a comment) at Homs. Most probably it has nothing to do with a drone (too low, it would be operating inside the smoke cloud where visibility is poor, and so on) and it is not even solid.

An optical illusion caused by a strong light? Thermal convection? Anything else that can be scientifically explained?

What’s your opinion?

 

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5 Comments

  1. Looks like the reflection of light off the smoke of sunlight being reflected off something on the ground. A rotating dish or something similar.

  2. Really could be a compression artifact. How many times is that video compressed? Once at the camera, then to the satellite, then again to You Tube?

  3. Could easily be something extraordinarily light being buffeted around in the updraft caused by the smoke. Something similar to a mylar balloon, for example.

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