One of these days some spacecraft is going to arrive on this planet, and all we can hope for is that the aliens spare us long enough to watch CNN, MSNBC and Fox News fight each other to the death over ratings. But that day has not yet come, and so for now all we have are constant blurry videos from around the world that appear to reveal unidentified objects flying through the air, most of which come with fairly easy explanations. It's at that point where the whole blurry video thing just isn't doing it for us anymore, and so when we get one that does things a drop differently -- like re-create the opening scene from Star Trek Into Darkness -- it piques our interest enough to show it to you.
In the video below, watch as what appears to be an unidentified flying object hovers over and then enters Mexico's Popocateptl volcano. Those who saw the latest Star Trek sequel will remember something similar taking place in the film's opening sequence, in which Spock was [spoiler alert] trapped in a volcano. In order to rescue him, the Enterprise had to leave its hiding spot underwater and fly toward the volcano so that Spock could be beamed on board.
So did aliens arrive on our planet in order to film their own knockoff version of Star Trek Into Darkness? Fear not Paramount legal team, according to experts what we're likely seeing is a regular old aircraft passing nearby.
"I am leaning toward the object being a captured commercial jet passing through the field of view," said Marc Dantonio, a photo and video analyst for Mutual UFO Network
. "Several elements of this video are initially startling, firstly that the object appears to be moving fast, and secondly, that it appears to be descending into the volcano. Because this is a time-lapse video, however, the speed is an illusion, and the flight path of the object and the descending appearance are likely an illusion of perspective, as well."
Man of Steel hits theaters next weekend. If some handsome dude suddenly drops out of the sky wearing a cape, we'll let you know.