Chinese authorities shut down Xiaoshan Airport in Hangzhou on July 14 because of sightings of a UFO (Unidentified Flying Object). Video of the UFO shows it to be a spherical-shaped object, emitting light straight down in a spotlight-like pattern.
According to ABC News, theories on the object’s identity range from a hidden U.S. bomber to a Russian satellite to an actual extraterrestrial ship. Zhu Jing, the curator at the Beijing Planetarium, reported that the object looked “like a plane shining its strobe lights.” Another theory reported is that the UFO is a hoax by an unknown perpetrator. A string of UFO sightings have recently been documented in China.
In America, UFO sightings occur every day, and a huge mythology exists around the phenomenon. Every local community has its share of stories of people visited by aliens, or folks who have just seen something “fishy” in the skies.
A Field of Twinkling Lights
Kelly Palmer remembers when she was 22, just divorced, and staying at her parents’ farmhouse near Locust Grove, Oklahoma. The sound of tinkling glass, which she thought was coming from the kitchen, woke her up, but then she realized the sound was coming through her open window.
Outside, she followed the sound to the hay meadow, where she saw “a field of dancing lights twinkling and twittering and darting around.” They actually made a sound “like ice cracking or glass wind chimes.”
Palmer said, “I should have been scared, because I had never seen anything like that. The little lights were all streaming down from some distant point in the sky, but they got harder to see the higher they went.”
She watched them until, little by little, the dancing lights started rising up from the field until, eventually, they disappeared.
“I didn’t see your typical spaceship or light in the sky, but I still got the sense that those lights were shot down from something up there for some reason. I guess I’ll never know. It was a beautiful show, though.”
An Ominous Red Beacon
When I was 14, my cousin, Luann Wilkinson, and I spent a sleepless night in the family treehouse in the woods behind our grandparents’ house in rural northeastern Oklahoma. Too afraid to sleep, we stayed up with the flashlight between us talking about boys, when we noticed something red in the eastern sky.
It was too early for the sun to come up, so we climbed down to get a better look. The fuzzy red light didn’t seem that high in the sky, but it was also not making any sound, so we decided it couldn’t be a plane. At first, it didn’t appear to move, but then, it began floating (it seemed like floating rather than flying; for some reason that I can’t remember) higher into the sky.
When we first saw it, it had been resting right along the tree line, and then, before we knew it, it floated up so high it completely disappeared. We didn’t tell anyone about what we’d seen, and we also didn’t sleep that night.
The next week at school, a classmate told us that five of his dad’s cows had died of mysterious circumstances the night we saw that red light, which had been hovering in the same area where their farm was located. The cows had no marks on them, and were later tested and found to have no disease or poison in them. Cows in other areas of the same pasture had not been affected.
Mary Huang, “UFO in China’s Skies Prompts Investigation”, ABC News.