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Japanese authorities investigate mystery object

Posted on Thursday, 18 June, 2020 | Comment icon 11 comments

What is this thing and who launched it ? Image Credit: YouTube / TheMrMon2
A large balloon-like 'UFO' has captured the attention of local residents, the media and even the government.
The object, which has been described as 'balloon-like', was first spotted yesterday morning by residents of northern Sendai city who quickly took to social media to share video clips and photographs of the spectacle in an attempt to figure out what they were seeing.

Before long, the hashtag "unidentified flying object" was trending for the region.

A closer analysis of photographs captured by onlookers indicated that the 'balloon' was attached to what appeared to be crossed sticks with propellers and may have also had solar panels.
"The object looks like a balloon for monitoring weather, but it's not ours," said an official from the Sendai bureau of the Japan Meteorological Agency.

Before long the police got involved, as did several local authorities and organizations.

Kyushu University's aeronautics department was also quick to deny that it had anything to do with the mystery object, but suggested that it could be some sort of scientific experiment.

Even Japanese government officials became involved in trying to solve the mystery, however despite concerted efforts across the board, it still remains unclear what the object was or who was responsible for launching it.

It has since headed out over the Pacific where authorities have now lost track of it.

Source: Straits Times | Comments (11)

Tags: Japan, UFO

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #2 Posted by jethrofloyd on 18 June, 2020, 12:35
 If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it probably is a duck. So, if it's flying like a ballon, then it probably is a ballon!
Comment icon #3 Posted by Jon the frog on 18 June, 2020, 13:21
Probably a meteorological balloon that overachieved his life expectancy or underachieved his altitude...
Comment icon #4 Posted by OverSword on 18 June, 2020, 15:29
"Balloon like UFO"  
Comment icon #5 Posted by qxcontinuum on 18 June, 2020, 17:02
And they have not sent a helicopter or a drone to investigate? It does look like it carries something underneath. 
Comment icon #6 Posted by Hazzard on 18 June, 2020, 21:18
Sure, or a pair of F-22 Raptors... But I think that I would start with a pair of old fashion binoculars.  -Yep, its a balloon, call of the missilestrike, Mr President. 
Comment icon #7 Posted by NCC1701 on 18 June, 2020, 22:33
It looks like there is quit some equipment hanging under it, some kind of internet ballon maybe...
Comment icon #8 Posted by the13bats on 18 June, 2020, 22:39
Had it been a pachinko machine then you would have my interest...
Comment icon #9 Posted by Jujo-jo on 20 June, 2020, 3:21
Hmmm... not much of an investigation seems like they would have a pilot up there, sight on scene and like there would be more footage...
Comment icon #10 Posted by tortugabob on 30 June, 2020, 0:02
Wow, weather balloon. Nothing to see here people. Move along.
Comment icon #11 Posted by ChrLzs on 30 June, 2020, 4:50
Here's one we prepared earlier: I am sadly amused by the way they say it isn't a met balloon, after talking to just ONE met agency....???? Grr.  Met balloons are used for lots of different experiments and are often loaded with all sorts of odd stuff including solar panels, materials or devices to measure (- or being tested for their ability to withstand -) low-pressure, cold, cosmic radiation, etc. Here's what appears to be a shot of either the original or a very similar balloon at a different angle to show its payload, grabbed from here.

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