Published: 3:22 PM 1/7/2016
Is it a bird... is it a plane? What do YOU think?
By Kate Samuelson
When a St Helens-based painter and director pointed his camera to the sky to capture the first moon of 2016 he unwittingly videoed an Unidentified Flying Object passing over it.
Mike Dean, 43, had climbed up to the top of Billinge Hill to film the New Year’s Eve fireworks at midnight.
When they finished he left his Sony camera pointing at the moon for a few minutes while he had a beer with mates who had joined him up the hill.
The group of friends then headed back to Mike’s house to watch the firework footage - only to spot a quite unexpected mysterious object passing over the moon at 12.20am.
Mike said: “I was very surprised as I was only meaning to shoot the first New Year’s moon,” Mike told the ECHO. “It got me and my friends talking. We kept rewinding it and debating what it was.”
Mike, who does not believe in aliens, thinks the UFO is a satellite - although some of his friends aren’t too sure.
He said: “I don’t think it’s an alien but it’s still a mystery - an unexplained thing in my camera. I don’t think it’s a plane because they often have flashing lights and leave a vapour. This object looks like it’s out of the atmosphere.”
Screengrab taken from a recording from Mike Dean who captured this UFO in St Helens whilst filming the first moon of January 2016.
Mystified Mike is a self-employed painter and decorator but has been filming “interesting things” for the last three years and publishing them on his YouTube channel, Mike D.
Mike jokingly refers to the UFO as ‘The Black Knight’ in the title of his video. The Black Knight satellite is considered by some conspiracy theorists to be an alien satellite which has orbited Earth for 13,000 years.
However many people consider The Black Knight to be no more than a myth.