Even during the winner-take-all championship Monday night at Nat Bailey Stadium, attention was drawn away from the game toward the sky above right field.
Not for the first time, the blue lights of a floating orb illuminated the night as it hovered above and just beyond the wall.
UFO watchers got excited, the rest of us scratched our heads. Definitely an unidentified flying object — but alien as well?
Canadians co-owner Jake Kerr couldn't tell reporters what it was. But he was as mesmerized as the rest of us.
The flying object has now been identified. In what they’re calling a “hoax” and an “extreme teaser campaign,” the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre took responsibility for the orb on Tuesday.
“The goal of the faux UFO was to create a buzz about the new planetarium viewer experience at Vanier Park,” the space centre wrote in a news announcement. “The Planetarium Theatre at the Space Centre underwent a half million dollar upgrade this summer."
The orb was seen at Deep Cove, Jericho Beach and at C’s games through the playoffs. A YouTube video of the UFO at Nat Bailey has been viewed more than 216,000 times.
UFO over right field at Nat Bailey Stadium:
In its own words, the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre is a non-profit community resource “that brings the wonders of space to Earth, while providing a personal sense of ongoing discovery.”
They’re located at 1100 Chestnut St. near Vanier Park.
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