On July 7, something unusual happened near the Xiaoshan Airport in Hangzhou, China. An oddly shaped bright light appeared, forcing the airport to close down and delay 18 flights. Things are now back to normal, but people are wondering, what was that “thing”?
An ABC News article on the mysterious sighting explains that some who witnessed the light are calling it a UFO. But, keep in mind, a UFO doesn’t necessarily mean little, green men.
There is plenty of speculation on whether or not the object was some sort of military aircraft or missile. The ABC article explains that a day following the sighting, “an anonymous source told China Daily that authorities already discovered the identity of the UFO after an investigation but could not publically disclose the information because ‘there was a military connection.'”
Authorities are continuing to look into the incident, but no public conclusions have yet been made. Despite, or perhaps because of the mystery, Web searches on “china ufo” quickly soared 576%. Related queries on “china ufo video 2010,” “china ufo sightings,” and “hangzou china ufo” also posted triple digit gains. Even now, a week after the sighting, online lookups remain high.
Truth be told, there’s not much left to be said. Something weird happened. Nobody knows what it was. And if they do, they aren’t saying. Check out the video (actually, a series of still photographs) below and judge for yourself.
An unidentified flying object (UFO) forced Xiaoshan Airport in Hangzhou, China to cease operations on July 7. A flight crew preparing for descent first detected the object around 8:40 p.m. and notified the air traffic control department. Aviation authorities responded within minutes, grounding outbound flights and diverting inbound ones to airports in Ningbo and Wuxi.
Eighteen flights were affected. Though normal operations resumed an hour later, the incident captured the attention of the Chinese media and sparked a firestorm of speculation on the UFO’s identity.
“It is a hidden U.S. bomber flying toward China,” one Internet user wrote on Monday. Another wrote on Sunday night, “In my opinion, the UFO is neither a U.S. missile nor a Russian satellite. Suggestions that it is extraterrestrial are even more preposterous. Everyone, use your head. This is clearly a man-made phenomenon. Would the U.S. or Russia risk provoking China’s anger by firing a missile or satellite rocket in Chinese skies, without warning? I believe the Chinese military is responsible for the UFO. It is a new missile or aircraft being tested out.”
Fueling speculations further, Hangzhou residents released photos, taken in the afternoon before the delays, of a hovering object bathed in golden light and exhibiting a comet-like tail. Less than an hour before the Xiaoshan airport shut down, residents said they also saw a flying object emitting red and white rays of light.
Resident Ma Shijun was taking a nighttime stroll with his wife when he saw the object.
“I felt a beam of light over my head. Looking up, I saw a streak of bright, white light flying across the sky, so I picked up the camera and took the photo. The time was 8:26 p.m. However, whether the object was a plane, or whether it was Xiaoshan Airport’s UFO, I don’t have a clear answer,” Ma told the Xinhua news agency.
The photos taken by Hangzhou residents may be unrelated to the UFO that shut down Xiaoshan Airport. According to Hangzhou meteorological authorities, residents in the afternoon probably saw light reflecting off of an airplane. As for Ma’s nighttime photo, Beijing Planetarium curator Zhu Jing told Xinhua that the object looks just like a plane shining its strobe lamps.
Multiple Unidentified Flying Object (UFO) sightings have recently been reported across different regions in China. They were spotted from June 30 to July 10 in the northwestern province of Xinjiang, the northeastern city of Changchun, the southeastern city of Hangzhou, and the southern city of Xiamen.
People have been perplexed by UFO sightings for many years. Governments tend to be non committal about their existence, one possibility might be that they fear a mass hysteria if announced that they are real. However, independent UFO researchers known as ufologists, are quick to say that â€œYes, UFOs do exist.â€
Urumqi Xinjiang : UFO Spotted
One recent sighting was in Urumqi, Xinjiang province, in northwestern China. At around 11:00 p.m. on June 30, a round, bright object was seen moving slowly eastward, leaving an enormous, fan-shaped trail of white light behind. A photo taken by a local resident was published in the July 5 issue of Xingjiang Metropolitan Daily.
According to Song Huagang, secretary-general of the Xinjiang Astronomical Society, the object was an intercontinental missile launched by the U.S. on June 30.
The “missile theory” was dismissed on July 9 by Wang Sichao, an astronomy researcher from the Zijinshan Astronomical Observatory (also known as Purple Mountain Observatory, under the aegis of the Chinese academy of Sciences.)
Wang told China News Service that it was not a U.S. missile, because Xinjiang and California are more than 7000 km (3450 miles) apart. On viewing the video footage Wang said that the UFO seems to be “somewhat strange,” given its exceptionally bright midsection and its fascinating shape.
Hangzhou: Preferred Hangout
China News Service reported on July 8 that the Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport in the southeast province of Zhejiang was closed for one hour on July 7, at around 9:00 p.m. Due to a UFO sighting, flights were grounded. According to a witness who was in a plane that was landing, the object looked like a bright twinkling dot, coming and going in the blink of an eye.
Wang Sichao, from the Zhijinshan Astronomical Observatory dismissed the phenomenon, saying, â€œThere is not enough information to draw a conclusion at this time.â€
At around 7:30 p.m. on July 9, another UFO was spotted in the Binjiang Higher Education Park in Hangzhou. A teacher and several security guards witnessed a star-like, white shining ball of light. â€œOne second it was right here, the next second, it became very, very small: like a faraway star. It flew away at a very high speed,â€ the teacher (surnamed Li) told Shenzhen Economic Daily.
Changchunâ€™s UFO Video
City Evening News reported that at 3:22 a.m. on July 10, a security guard on the night shift at Huifang Industries in the Changchun Economic & Technological Development Zone, spotted an arm-shaped, spinning object through the video surveillance camera. After about ten minutes, it disappeared. The video replay reveals an object shaped like a curved human arm, appearing from behind some fog. It moved from south to the north before disappearing.
Xiamenâ€™s Beams of Light
Fujian Online (onfj.com) reported that in the early morning hours of July 10, a â€œsheet of music notes,â€ composed of vertical light beams, filled up the Xiamen sky in Fujian province.
At first, five beams of light appeared at around 11:30 p.m. on July 9. They quickly grew to around 50 beams. A resident said, â€œIt was very beautiful, like a sheet of music notes.â€
When the media arrived at the scene about an hour later, clouds had also moved in, making only a few beams of light visible to the naked eye. However, a picture taken at the time later revealed many more beams of light.
Debate about the existence of extraterrestrial beings and their craft are not new. Wang Sichao, an astronomy researcher from the Zhijinshan Astronomical Observatory told Guangzhou Daily: â€œIâ€™ve researched about 20 UFOs spotted since 1971. Some of them are swirl-shaped, some fan-shaped, and some are balls of light. They appear at a height of 130 km (426509 ft) to 1,500 km (4921260 ft) above ground. Their speed is much lower than the escape velocity (7 miles/sec on the surface of the Earth.) Some were as slow as 0.18 miles/sec. Yet they can fly parallel to the earthâ€™s surface, at a height of 1,460km (4790026 ft), for as long as 25 minutes. They must have some sort of anti-gravity mechanism. Otherwise, they would have crashed to the earth in no time.â€
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