Flying RODS optical illusion or evidence of alien life

In cryptozoology, ufology, and outdoor photography, rods (sometimes known as “skyfish” or “solar entities“) are elongated artifacts produced by cameras that inadvertently capture several of a flying insect’s wingbeats. Videos of rod-shaped objects moving quickly through the air were claimed by some to be alien life forms or small UFOs, but subsequent experiments showed that these rods appear in film because of an optical illusion/collusion (especially in interlaced video recording).

Various paranormal interpretations appeared in the popular culture, and one of the more outspoken proponents of rods as alien life forms is Jose Escamilla, who claims to have been the first to film them on March 19, 1994 at Roswell, New Mexico, while attempting to film a UFO. Since then, Escamilla has made additional videos and embarked on lecture tours to promote his claims.

However, investigators have shown that rods are mere tricks of light which result from how images (primarily video images) of flying insects are recorded and played back. In particular, the fast passage before the camera of an insect flapping its wings has been shown to produce rodlike effects, due to motion blur, if the camera is shooting with relatively long exposure times.

On August 8/9, 2005, China Central Television (CCTV) aired a two-part documentary about flying rods in China. It reported the events from May to June of the same year at Tonghua Zhenguo Pharmaceutical Company in Tonghua City, Jilin Province, which debunked the flying rods. Surveillance cameras in the facility’s compound captured video footage of flying rods identical to those shown in Jose Escamilla’s video. Getting no satisfactory answer to the phenomenon, curious scientists at the facility decided that they would try to solve the mystery by attempting to catch these airborne creatures. Huge nets were set up and the same surveillance cameras then captured images of rods flying into the trap. When the nets were inspected, the “rods” were no more than regular moths and other ordinary flying insects. Subsequent investigations proved that the appearance of flying rods on video was an optical illusion created by the slower recording speed of the camera.

Optical illusion or  are these so-called ‘Rods’ a form of extraterrestrial life or at least, a flying organism, flying at speeds up to 1000miles/hour?

Watch the video and decide for yourself.

Source and author: wikipedia (youtube)

7 responses to “Flying RODS optical illusion or evidence of alien life

  1. Underworldtat2

    This was debunked long time ago, bugs!


    • and what kind of bugs that can fly 200 miles per hour?
      geez, open your mind.


      • They showed it in the video, it was a moth.
        These “rods”, are nothing out of the ordinary.
        Although I do believe that there is a possibility things being all around us, just out of our sensory perspective. We have five sense, there may be objects that require a 6th, or 7th or infinite senses to sense. Who knows. Our computers (brains) aren’t upgraded, our natural programming is being sabotaged by the media, pollution and pharmaceuticals. One cannot own an alligator, keep it in a fishtank and expect it to grow 10ft long. We cannot evolve because of our society, all we do is whats been done before. We need true freedom to evolve. Freedom from money and classism. Free education. Proper sustainability and resource management. FACT: In 50 years, we will have a DEAD planet.


      • It’s only moving at “200mph” if you make assumptions about its size and distance from the lens. If it’s very close to the lens, it’s going to pass through the field of view very quickly. If you then assume that it’s farther away than it actually is, you’re going to assume that it’s moving faster than it really is. So if you accept “200mph” you ahve to accept baseless assumptions about its size and if you accept that, you have to accept baseless assumptions about the distance from the lens.


  2. silent observer

    looks like the Vader helmet.


  3. Thhanx for sharing this video, it looks very interesting, albeit long. I watched a bit of it, and I will star this email and watch the rest later, as time permits.


  4. sorry about the type-o.