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A LEGENDARY “a̳l̳i̳e̳n̳ satellite”, that is said to have orbited Earth for nearly 13,000 years, has been TWICE caught on camera passing the International Space Station (ISS) and the Moon, U̳F̳O̳ h̳u̳n̳t̳e̳r̳s̳ claim.
Footage which could show the mysterious Black Knight satellite passing the ISS emerged on YouTube following an earlier photograph, which appeared to show it pass the Moon, during July 31’s Blue Moon (two full moons in the same month) event, according to a̳l̳i̳e̳n̳ researchers.
Now a separate clip has emerged said to have been taken on July 31 by another person, which appears to show the object passing the moon on video.
Sarah Roth, from the US, posted a link on this story to a YouTube video she uploaded of the sighting filmed from an undisclosed location.
She posted with the video: “Last night while taking pictures and video of the Blue Moon, a black object went hurling past. Could be any number of things from space debris, Black Knight satellite to U̳F̳O̳.”
The Black Knight satellite is the name that has been given to a object captured on camera by Nasa astronauts during a 1998 space shuttle mission.
There are a̳l̳i̳e̳n̳ conspiracy theorists who claim the satellite is an object of e̳x̳t̳r̳a̳t̳e̳r̳r̳e̳s̳t̳r̳i̳a̳l̳ origin, possibly up to 13,000 years old orbiting Earth in near-polar orbit.
Now YouTube U̳F̳O̳ channel – Mister Enigma – has posted a video entitled “Black Knight Satellite Seen Right In Front Of ISS Camera.”
It purports to be a recording taken from the Nasa ISS camera and shows a strange object floating seemingly at the same speed as the space station for about six minutes before slowly fading away.
The video maker posted subtitles on the film adding that he initially thought it was part of the ISS until it disappeared and posed the question: “Could this be the famous Black Knight Satellite?”
Viewers of the footage seem intrigued by it.
One posted: “Very strange activity and it does look a bit like the Black Knight satellite.”
Another added: “Very interesting, you can see the lights on the hull of the craft change colours especially early in the footage.”
However, Mr Enigma, a channel run by Robert Simmons, based in Wisconsin, USA, has been accused before of posting hoax U̳F̳O̳ footage in the past.
Several claims were made that another video released by Mister Enigma, of a U̳F̳O̳ appearing to pass a tree, was a CGI hoax, after the tree was found to have been made by repeatedly using the same section of a real tree.
He has denied hoaxing his videos.
Mister Enigma’s new Black Knight video followed the posting on a US U̳F̳O̳ sighting website of a photograph of the Moon taken during the Blue Moon event of July 31.
It shows an odd-shaped object which viewers have also suggested looks like the Black Knight Satellite.
The unnamed witness who posted the picture, said: “I was taking pictures the night of the blue moon in West Covina, California, somewhere between two and 4am, I noticed the triangular object when I was checking my pics the next day.
These ingredients have chopped up, stirred together and stewed on the internet to one rambling and inconsistent dollop of myth.
“The dark triangle or Delta shaped object is located on the lower left side of the picture of the moon. It looked like a craft of some sort to me. I’m not sure so I’m looking for some feed back as to what it is.”
One viewer asked: “Is that the Black Knight satellite passing the Moon?”
The legend of the a̳l̳i̳e̳n̳ satellite seems to have retrospectively started in 1899 when Nicola Tesla announced he was picking up radio waves coming from space, prompting people to suggest something a̳l̳i̳e̳n̳ was out there.
Experiments in 1928 in Oslow, Norway, picked up the same signals.
In 1954, US state newspapers carried quotes from Donald Keyhoe, a retired naval aviation major and U̳F̳O̳ researcher, claiming the US Air Force had detected two satellites orbiting Earth, despite none yet being launched from our planet.
Time then ran a 1960 piece, following the launch of satellites from Earth, stating that the US Navy detected a dark object, possibly a Soviet spy satellite, with a highly irregular orbit.
The myth developed in 1963 when NASA astronaut Gordon Cooper was reported as saying he had seen the Black Knight Satellite while in space, but there was a media blackout upon his return and the US space agency allegedly put it down to cosmic hallucinations.
It has been reported that a decade later in 1973, a researcher from Scotland, Duncan Lunan, looked back at the Norwegian scientists’ data from 1928, before claiming the “messages” suggested the Black Knight was sent by a̳l̳i̳e̳n̳s from Epsilon Boötis, as a welcome message to Earth 12,600 years ago.
In 1998, the first alleged photographs of the satellite emerged and were taken by astronauts on the space shuttle Endeavor, as it made its first flight to the ISS.
However, many sceptics claim the legend was retrospectively created after the 1998 pictures emerged, with the preceding odd events weaved into the story to make it more convincing.
The noises from 1899 and 1928 remain a mystery, but the possible causes do not so far include an a̳l̳i̳e̳n̳ satellite, according to scientists.
They insist research shows that in 1954 Mr Keyhoe had been promoting a U̳F̳O̳ book and the articles had been written in a tongue-in-cheek fashion by the papers.
A follow-up, but less widely read, article in Time also confirmed that the strange satellite had in fact beenthe remains of an Air Force Discoverer satellite that had gone astray, they found.
There are reports that Mr Cooper, although maintaining he saw a number of U̳F̳O̳s in space, never claimed to have seen the Black Knight satellite on that mission or at all.
Yet David Bryant, a UK astronomer and Ufologist, said he had discussed the Black Knight with several Nasa astronauts and one assured him: “It’s a satellite, we just don’t know where it came from.”
And Mr Lunan is also later reported to have denied suggesting any a̳l̳i̳e̳n̳ satellite had its origins 12,600 years ago and that his conclusion that the noises were a star map were from unscientific methods.
Nasa has since explained the 1998 images as being a thermal blanket lost by the shuttle crew.
Martina Redpath of Armagh Planetarium in, Northern Ireland, who researched the legend, concluded: “Black Knight is a jumble of completely unrelated stories, reports of unusual science observations, authors promoting fringe ideas, classified spy satellites and people over-interpreting photos.
“These ingredients have chopped up, stirred together and stewed on the internet to one rambling and inconsistent dollop of myth.”
So if the Black Knight satellite never even existed, what could the new objects caught passing the ISS and Moon be?