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'Supermoon UFO' Footage Stuns No One Except The 'Mirror'

11/08/2014 13:38 | Updated 11 August 2014

Rather than simply luxuriating in the accidental beauty of a fairly regular Lunar phenomena, the Daily Mirror has another use for the Supermoon: an excuse to declare the existence of aliens -- or at least wildly speculate on the topic with a question mark at the end.

The paper writes that a "possible alien craft" was seen flashing in front of the dramatically (13% larger than average, at best) large moon on Sunday.

The paper points to the above footage of the Moon. And it's true that it does show something flying past the Lunar surface.

Unfortunately there is one very obvious explanation for this, er, mystery.

First, the Supermoon happened to coincident with the Perseids meteor shower, which is one of the largest annual meteor showers currently affecting Earth at regular intervals thanks to the Comet Swift-Tuttle.

It seems pretty probable that the small, light object was either a meteor or a meteor streak in the sky.

It has also been proposed that if not a meteor, the shape was one of the following:

a) The International Space Station (visible last night above New Jersey, where the video was shot)
b) Another satellite
c) A bird
d) Just some random speck a YouTuber put in for a joke

Either way, it seems overwhelmingly unlikely that the Supermoon happened to coincide not only with clear skies over much of Europe, but also the invasion of the inter-galactic supermen.

But since this is a news website, we are obliged to end this post with some kind of open-ended statement designed to enhance the possibility of a real UFO mystery -- or at least to give you the impression that we think it might be an alien, so you can get annoyed, comment on the post and give us an extra page view.

So who knows?! Etc.

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  • Supermoon rises over Mt. Eden in Auckland
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  • The supermoon rises over Tower Bridge
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  • A "supermoon", seen from near Harthill in Scotland.
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  • A woman watches the super moon rising in the sky, in front of the Apollo's temple at ancient Corinth, about 80 kilometers (50 miles) southwest of Athens, on Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014.
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  • The full moon, nicknamed 'the supermoon', rises at Ipanema beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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  • The moon appears behind a cross on the unfinished Serbian Orthodox church Christ the Saviour Cathedral, in Kosovo capital Pristina, Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014.
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  • A perigee moon, also known as a super moon, raises over high rise buildings in Hong Kong Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014.
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  • The full moon peeks through trees in a wood near Rasing, Austria, Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014.
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  • A view of the 'supermoon', or perigee moon, rising behind The Shard building in London.
  • Perigee full moon
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  • A view of the 'supermoon', or perigee moon, rising behind The Shard building in London.
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  • An LAX bound passenger airplane drops the wheels as it crosses the moon two days before the Full Moon and Super Moon passing over Whittier, CA., on its final approach to the Los Angeles Airport
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  • The moon is seen as it rises over a statue by Harriet A. Ketcham titled "Victory" in the statehouse complex in Des Moines, Iowa
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  • The supermoon is seen as it rises through the clouds behind the bronze Statue of Freedom by Thomas Crawford atop the U.S. Capitol
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  • A supermoon hovers over New York City on August 10, 2014 in Weehawken, New Jersey.
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  • A supermoon rises above the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial on August 10, 2014 in Arlington, Virginia. Tonight's supermoon, or perigee moon referring to its closest point to earth, is the second one of the summer.
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  • A supermoon rises behind the light on top of the Luxor Hotel and Casino on August 10, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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  • A view of the 'supermoon' seen from south London.
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  • A view of the 'supermoon' seen from south London.
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  • Ashleigh Richardson takes a picture on her mobile phone of the 'supermoon' in south London.
  • YASUYOSHI CHIBA via Getty Images
  • The full moon descends behind the Nossa Senhora da Penha Church in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on August 10, 2014. In this time of the year the orb is at the closest point to the earth. Experts name this phenomenon the supermoon or perigee.
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  • A perigee moon, also known as a super moon, raises over the shoreline in Roseto degli Abruzzi, Italy, Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014.
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  • A woman watches the super moon rising in the sky at the Kalemegdan citadel in Belgrade, Serbia, Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014.
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  • An aircraft flies past the moon as it appears above the Colosseum, in Rome, Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014.
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  • The moon appears above the Colosseum and the ancient Santa Francesca Romana Basilica belltower, in Rome, Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014.
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  • A super moon raises over Fiskeback harbor outside of the Gothenburg, Sweden, Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014.
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  • The moon appears behind a Spanish fighting bull in Puerto de Santa Maria, Spain, Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014.
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  • A perigee moon, also known as a super moon, raises over high-rise buildings in Hong Kong Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014.
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  • The super moon rises over a Chinese words reads "China construction" in Beijing, China Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014.
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  • A perigee moon, also known as a super moon, raises over a bridge in Hong Kong Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014.
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  • A perigee moon, also known as a super moon, raises over a bridge in Hong Kong Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014.
    A perigee moon, also known as a super moon, is seen near a bridge in Hong Kong Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014.
    The super moon rises over the Chinese calligraphy on a sign that reads "Beijing" in Beijing, China, Sunday, August 10, 2014.
    The moon appears above the ancient Temple of Poseidon as visitors watch it in Cape Sounio, about 68km (42miles) south of Athens, Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014.
    The moon appears above the ancient Temple of Poseidon as visitors watch it in Cape Sounio, about 68kms (42miles) south of Athens, Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014.
    The super moon rises in the sky in front of the Apollo's temple at ancient Corinth, about 80 kilometers (50 miles) southwest of Athens, Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014.
    The super moon rises in the sky in front of a monument "The Victor", a distinctive symbol of Belgrade, marking victory in WWI, at the Kalemegdan citadel in Belgrade, Serbia, Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014.
    The moon appears behind a cross on the unfinished Serbian Orthodox church Christ the Saviour Cathedral, in Kosovo capital Pristina, Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014.
    The moon appears above the Colosseum and the ancient Roman Forum, in Rome, Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014.
    A supermoon appears behind the Angel of Peace sculpture, in London, Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014.
    People take photos as a perigee moon also known as a supermoon rises above in Skopje, Macedonia, Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014.
    A super moon raises over Fiskeback harbor with sailing boats, outside of the Gothenburg, Sweden, Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014.
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