UFOs not rare but regular – astronomy researcher
By Chen Li | 2008-6-28 |
AN astronomy researcher reckons UFOs have been visiting Nanjing, the capital city of Jiangsu Province, every five to 10 years for the past three decades, the local Modern Express reported yesterday.
Wang Sichao, a researcher at the Purple Mountain Observatory in Nanjing has been studying UFOs for more than 30 years and says there are explanations for many of them especially those shaped like shooting stars, bright spots, stars and rods.
These are usually natural phenomena or man-made objects, Wang said.
But another seven shapes including spirals, fans, circles, spindles and V-shaped objects remain inexplicable, he said.
These UFOs may well hail from outer space, Wang said.
The first report of a UFO in China was in Nanjing in 1892 when a painting by Wu Youru, a Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) artist showed crowds gathered near Nanjing’s Confucius Temple, looking up at a “fire ball” in the sky, Wang said.
The last visit of a UFO to the Jiangsu city occurred at about 5pm on January 10, 2006 when an orange V-shaped UFO with a long tail was seen near the northern side of the Purple Mountain and over the city’s Jiangning and Jiangpu districts, said Wang.
On January 14, 1999, a rod-shaped UFO appeared for nearly four hours in the skies of Nanjing – the longest UFO sighting on record for the city. Witnesses said the shining red item, which was about 10 kilometers high and three kilometers long, moved slowly across the sky and its lights gradually faded as it passed over the city.