China UFO sparks rampant speculation

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 “Yes, UFOs do exist.”

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, “There is not enough information to draw a conclusion at this time.”

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. “One 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,” the teacher (surnamed Li) told Shenzhen Economic Daily.

Changchun’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.

Xiamen’s Beams of Light

Fujian Online (onfj.com) reported that in the early morning hours of July 10, a “sheet of music notes,” 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, “It was very beautiful, like a sheet of music notes.”

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: “I’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 earth’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.”

【大纪元7月11日讯】从6月30日以来先后在新疆、杭州、长春上空都出现了不明飞行物,其中,不明飞行物3天2次光临杭州。UFO频繁造访,引发民众的 各种猜测。而中科院专家则表示,历史上UFO确实存在。

*新疆现不明飞行物

6月30日晚23时左右,在乌鲁木齐市上空出现一个圆形的 不明发光物体缓缓向东方飞去,其身后拖着长长的扇形白光,不久便消失。伊宁市民李峻还拍摄到当晚的“不明飞行物”照片。

当时,新疆天文学会 秘书长宋华刚表示,该物体是6月30日美国发射的一枚洲际导弹。

7月9日,中科院紫金山天文台研究员王思潮告诉中新网记者,据初步搜集的视 频和文字资料分析,6月30日新疆“UFO事件”较奇特,他说,从视频看,新疆出现的UFO,中间光团十分明亮,且变化奇特。“现在可排除‘是美国导弹’ 的观点,因为新疆与美国加州相距远不止7千多公里。”

*不明飞行物3天2次光临杭州

7月7日晚9点左右,浙江省杭州萧山机场 上空发现不明飞行物。使机场封锁1个小时,延误数十个航班。据正在飞机上准备降落的目击者称,飞行物为一个圆点,出现时的状态为一闪一闪,但很快消失。
对 于杭州7日出现的UFO,研究员王思潮说:“因尚未提供具体情况,还难以判断,需进一步的调查。”
7月9日晚上7点半多,杭州滨江高教园区上空发 现了不明飞行物。目击者是个老师,当时在场的几个保安也看到的。

李老师说,“白色的,像星星的光芒,不过很强烈,刺眼,简直就是一个光球。 它就一动不动停在那儿,很稳定,过了一会儿,突然变得很小,很远,像是天边的一颗星星,仿佛这东西一下子向远处飞去,速度超级快,不到一秒。”

* 长春出现奇异飞行物

7月10日3时22分,长春市长江路经济开发区汇方实业的更夫赵先生,突然发现监控录像出现一物,这怪状物体犹如人的胳 膊,在空中盘旋。最后在监控区停留10多分钟后消失。

在监控录像中,开始是一片雾状,不一会一个不明物体出现了,形状确如人弯曲的胳膊,从 南向北移动。更夫说,从监控录像画面上看,这个不明物体肯定不是灯光。

对于外星人存在与否的争论由来已久。“但历史上经查实确认的UFO是 有的”,王思潮说:“从1971年起,我对中国近20起螺旋状、扇状、光团状UFO进行了深入的调查和定量、半定量的科学分析,发现离地面130公里至 1,500公里的近地空间,多次出现奇异飞行物,其飞行速度远低于第一宇宙速度,有的低至每秒0.29公里,且在1,460公里的高度平行地面飞行25分 钟之久。这说明,它们可能是具有抗地球引力能力的外星飞行器,否则,它们早就陨落下来。”

*厦门现奇异“光线雨”

继上述出现 的不明发光体后,7月10日凌晨在福建厦门的天空出现数十条垂直光线的“光线雨”,仿佛是一张五线谱挂在天空,感觉很梦幻。

9日晚间11点 半左右,厦门环岛路黄厝市民王先生表示,“最初只有5条左右,后来天空中密密麻麻地陆续出现了近50条。仿佛一张五线谱挂在天空中,非常亮。”

当 媒体记者赶到现场时,因部份光线被云层挡住,肉眼只能模糊看到还有几条光线,这些光线已在空中持续近一个小时,当这位记者用相机拍下来时,才惊异发现相片 中仍然有许多条光线。

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