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Close encounter

Close encounter

Aren’t you supposed to be able to see the Great Wall from space? Even so, alien tour groups clearly want a closer look.

According to state-owned China News Service “a huge, glowing UFO” was spotted hovering over Beijing, Shanghai and a number of other cities last month. Pilots were the first to catch a glimpse, telling air traffic controllers that they had seen a “white ball, rapidly expanding in the sky”.

The Shanghai Daily then asked astronomers to explain what was going on. One theory from Yu Jun, an amateur astronomer and former editor of a science magazine, was that they had seen “fuel from a UFO thruster that diffused into outer space”. Wang Sichao, telescope in hand at the Purple Mountain Observatory, was similarly excited, saying he’d been studying UFOs for 40 years and this was one of the most significant incidents he’d come across. Wang calculated that the UFO was 300km above Inner Mongolia and moving at a slow speed when it blasted back into space. “The object should be a special spacecraft which cannot be explained so far with our current aircraft technology,” he deduced.

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