A video was published to YouTube on January 3 titled “Strange Lights above Canberra.”

The video shows what appears to be a portal/wormhole opening in the sky during a lightning storm at night in the Australian city of Canberra. Naturally, the video spawned sensational headlines around the world like “Is this a UFO exiting portal from another dimension?,” and “Is This A UFO Vanishing Into A Wormhole Portal? Mysterious Ball Of Light Filmed Above Canberra.” Scientists even chimed in, suggesting ball lightning to explain the odd phenomenon in the video.

But the video was a complete fabrication.

The video’s creator, Johnson Thompson, uploaded a follow-up video on January 8 titled, “How I accidently (sic) created a hoax.” In this video, he explains that he had recently purchased Adobe After Effects and wanted to practice his compositing skills.

It’s cool that the creator of the original video came forward, took responsibility, and even spent the time to describe how he created the video. But, still, hoax videos suck.

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Jason McClellan is an author, podcaster, TV personality, veteran UFO researcher & journalist, bourbon enthusiast, ska and punk devotee, vegan, and animal lover. You might have seen him on NatGeo, Syfy, History, or at conferences talking about UFOs.

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