Hundreds of witnesses in the bustling city of Shanghai, China, have reported sighting a huge “flying saucer UFO” with multi-colored lights that hovered over the city for 10 hours on Sunday, July 3, 2016. The report from China has sparked feverish excitement in the alien conspiracy theory blogosphere, with wild speculation about alien invasion that takes inspiration from the 1996 Independence Day movie.
But skeptics have dismissed the latest alleged sighting and offered various alternative suggestions, ranging from a lenticular cloud to LED night kites.
Hundreds of stunned residents of Shanghai reportedly claimed to have watched the alleged flying saucer UFO suspended motionless in the sky over the city for several hours overnight on Sunday, July 3, 2016.
According to Chinese media reports, a witness identified as Yeng, said the flying saucer UFO hovered over the city until the early hours of Sunday. It was first spotted at about 8 p.m. on Saturday night and disappeared mysteriously just before dawn on Sunday.
Yeng told reporters that he used a telescope to observe the mysterious object and saw bright flashes of red, yellow, and blue lights. He was in the company of friends on Songhu Road in Shanghai when they spotted the mysterious object suspended in the night sky.
Nobody had any idea what the mysterious object was, but Yeng and his friends speculated about it.
“At first I thought it was the stars, but the stars are not so big; but [I] believe it was not a plane. The object was suspended in the sky, and did not seem to move,” Yeng said.
Another witness, Meng, spotted the strange object in the sky just before dawn at about 4 a.m. Meng snapped photos of the object but regretted that he was unable to snap clearer images because it was dark at the time. But he noted that the object disappeared mysteriously before dawn. The disappearance of the object before dawn caused some skeptics to argue that it might have been a night cloud that dispersed towards dawn.
A third witness, Choi, who reported the object was spotted high in the sky and that it appeared illuminated refuted suggestions that it was a cloud.
According to Choi, the object was lurking “behind the clouds,” and “it was a very bright object.”
“At first we thought it was a plane, but the object was not moving… it was very strange.”
Based on Choi’s description, some skeptics suggested it was a high-flying kite with lights. According to Scott Brando, who runs the website UfoofInterest.org, the object was most likely a LED kite.
But Meng denied suggestions that the object was a kite, saying it was hovering too high and motionless in the sky to be a kite.
“Kites [normally] flutter in the sky, but the object has been stuck in a position high in the sky for hours.”
Some witnesses who took to social media described the object as “a red circle thing, hovering far away” in the sky, while others claimed it hovered behind clouds with flashing red and yellow lights for several hours.
Conspiracy theorists seized upon reports that the object hovered with flashing lights behind the clouds as proof that it was not a cloud but a flying saucer UFO.
According to UFO believers, it was unlikely that a natural atmospheric phenomenon, such as a cloud, would produce flashing lights in the same spot in the sky for several hours and then disappear mysteriously.
UFO believers also countered claims that the flashing lights were lightning, saying that lightning does not create a multi-colored display of lights for hours on end.
Conspiracy theorists speculated fancifully that the UFO might have be an alien craft parked in the sky to observe the city in preparation for launching an extraterrestrial military invasion of Earth. Some suggested that the Chinese military might have been testing an alien spacecraft recovered from a crash site or testing a craft reverse-engineered from alien technology.
UFO blogger Scott C. Waring also commented on the sighting after uploading unedited and “enhanced” versions of the image to his UFO Sightings Daily blog.
“Chinese news is reporting a giant disk parked over their city of Shanghai yesterday for ten hours,” wrote the UFO blogger who lives in Taiwan, only 180 kilometres from mainland China.
“For it to be there so long, there must be some video of this thing, but I haven’t seen any yet. I will keep checking and update this later,” he continued.
But he expressed doubts about claims that the alleged disk-shaped UFO may have been parked in the sky over the city by the Chinese military testing alien spacecraft technology. But he stopped short of ruling out the possibility altogether.
“I don’t think any Chinese military pilot would dare fly over a city to test out an alien tech saucer, but you never really know,” he wrote. “This could be alien tech in Chinese military hands.”
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