Chinese UFO

LATE BREAKING UPDATE: MYSTERY SOLVED. OBJECT IS A RUSSIAN ROCKET EN ROUTE TO THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION (See Comments below)

A UFO shut down Xiaoshan Airport in Hangzhou, China for an hour or so on July 7th; shortly afterwards, this video began popping up all over the Internet. I have no idea what the object is, but I find it oddly beautiful. My first thought was that, if it isn’t an out-and-out fake, there might have been some sort of distortion in the camera’s lens.

AOL News (click here) ran an article in which “UFO skeptic and space flight expert” James Oberg speculates that it might have been a military test. The Christian Science Monitor argues that the object is a “superior mirage” (refracted light from the ground), but the video they embedded at the bottom of the article (from ABC news) shows a completely different (and much faker-looking, to my untrained eye) flying object.

Undoubtedly the first step in explaining this is getting the story straight. Are there any debunkers (or true believers) out there who wish to comment?

4 thoughts on “Chinese UFO

  1. The name of this video seems to have been updated on YouTube as ” Correction: Krygyzstan Launch to ISS on June 30th.”

    1. I think that’s a crawl rather than an update–though the date does call into question the idea that it was filmed on July 7th. I will do some more digging.

      1. yes, just like the caption says, it’s a film of Russia’s June 30th launch to the International Space Station. That caption wasn’t visible on the site where I found it; it must have updated itself when I copied it. Thank you for solving the mystery–and so quickly too!

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