Scientists are baffled as panicked Chinese upload photos of phenomenon. This reminds me of the Mysterious bubble-like light burst seen over Hawaii.
Dozens of people spotted an unidentified, glowing object above Shanghai and Beijing at the same time.
The giant ball of light appeared Saturday night.
A pilot flying from Shanghai to Changchun was the first to post information about the colossal light online.
The pilot says the so-called “UFO” grew in size and ended up being about 100 times larger than the moon.
He said the sphere slowly faded as it hovered above Shanghai for nearly 20 minutes.
An expert from Shanghai UFO Research Center suspects the UFO could be the fragment of a satellite launched by Russia two days earlier.
Report by ITN:
We often hear stories of alien abductions, cattle mutilations and crop circles. These mysterious phenomena have almost become part of our lives as they are reported on frequently in the press.
One phenomenon which is not reported on is that of water which mysteriously vanishes without any clues as to where it has gone. I have personally seen a case like this when a neighbor had the water in their swimming pool mysteriously vanish overnight. The evening before the pool was full and the next morning it was empty and bone dry.
Scott Corrales was written an excellent article on his site Inexplicata about this enigma:
During a segment of the Montel Williams Show that aired in 2004, namely a segment featuring controversial psychic Sylvia Browne, a member of the audience asked the seer if she could provide the answer to a nagging question: One morning she awoke to find that all of the water in her swimming pool was completely gone, with no signs of cracks in the cement or tell-tale puddles of water around the structure. Without missing a beat, Browne replied: “Oh, honey, those were aliens!”
A frivolous subject to some, but a no-nonsense situation to cattle ranchers and property owners in South America. For a very long time, reports have emerged from isolated farms and suburban residences involving the complete and utter absence of water from in-ground pools and large open water tanks for the sort seen on farms. Very rarely do the victims of this “exfiltration” leap to the conclusion that saucer pilots have stopped by for a sip of H2O: conventional explanations have invariably been sought first – leakage by sudden cracks appearing in pools or the seams of water towers, for example. But the liquid vanishes far too quickly – overnight – for this to be a normal occurrence. An average in-ground swimming pool with a ten thousand gallon capacity will require electric pumps and many hours, perhaps even a day, to empty completely, with the inevitable flooding of the grass surrounding the structure. A mammoth water tank holding five times the amount might take days. Yet the disappearances always occur overnight, or in even less time.
Read the whole article on Inexplicata.com
Here is the latest update on the mystery missle, courtesy of the LA Times and CBS8:
A Pentagon official said that an examination of radar data, satellite imagery and other sophisticated monitoring technology by multiple U.S. government agencies has turned up no conclusive evidence that a missile was fired in that vicinity and at that time.
Even U.S. agencies that monitor launches of rockets by private individuals or companies had no information of a launch, he said.
The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing, said that FAA records showed commercial airliners were flying in the area at the time, and that most government experts were coming to the conclusion that the condensation trail was caused by an aircraft. “The best we can tell, it was probably caused by an aircraft,” the official said.
John Pike, director of globalsecurity.org, a website for military policy research, agrees. He said the idea that the government would carry out a secret launch illuminated at sunset, within view of 8 million Angelenos, is hard to believe.
“If it were secret, we’d do it at night in Alaska where only the caribou could see it,” Pike said. “It’s an airplane contrail, pure and simple.”
The vehicle is not moving fast enough and does not have the trajectory characteristics of a rocket, he said. The reason people think it’s a rocket is because it’s an optical illusion, he said.
The plane is coming over the horizon, straight at the camera. Because of the angle and the lighting at sunset it appears as a rocket rising, he said.
“I’ve seen a lot of rocket and airplane contrails over the years,” he said. “What I saw was an airplane contrail.”
Let the conspiracy theories begin!
A mysterious missile lit up the sky off the coast of Southern California yesterday – but military chiefs have yet to reveal who launched it.
The vapour trails from the missile could be seen from Los Angeles and miles around and in amazing images caught on video, looked to be within sight of a passenger aircraft.
The location of the missile was said to be west of Los Angeles, north of Catalina Island, and approximately 35 miles out to sea.
Local TV station KCBS captured the launch from their helicopter around 5pm local time.
The footage has left onlookers and military personnel baffled.
Colonel David Lapan, a Pentagon spokesman, said so far none of the military or Department of Defense (DoD) agencies that might have launched a missile ‘have come up and said they were involved in this.’
‘So we’re still trying to find out what the contrail off the coast of southern California was caused by,’ he said.
Read more: Daily Mail