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Chinese lanterns and mass UFO sightings

Posted on Thursday, 12 November, 2020 | Comment icon 14 comments

Sky lanterns being released as part of a festival in Thailand. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Takeaway
Countless UFO sightings over the years can be attributed to a rather mundane phenomenon.
Imagine the scene - you are looking skyward on a cold, wintry evening when you notice something strange - an eerie orange orb moving silently across the sky, illuminated against the darkness.

You might be tempted to conclude that you've just seen a UFO, especially if there's more than one, however there is actually a conventional explanation for such sightings - Chinese lanterns.

These small floating objects are essentially miniature hot air balloons made from paper. A small fire burning beneath a hole at the bottom heats up the air inside and causes it to float skywards.

In Asia, lanterns like these have been used in festivities for centuries, however in more recent years they have become more popular in the Western world - sometimes being used during memorial events, weddings, birthdays and other celebrations.
Sightings of orange orb-like UFOs have also similarly increased.

"We could see these orange lights about the size of a football travelling across the sky," one witness - David Haigh of Chickerell, England - stated following a recent sighting.

"There were no navigational lights or anything so it couldn't have been an aircraft or anything like that. They were about a quarter of a mile high and travelling too fast for the wind to be blowing them."

"It was quite strange, I have never seen anything like it. It really spooked us. Nobody had any idea what it could have been. UFOs are all we can think they are."

While many authorities have condemned the use of these lanterns due to the potential for them to cause fires and interfere with air traffic, many people are still releasing them.

A video demonstrating what they look like in the sky can be viewed below.

Source: Dorset Echo | Comments (14)

Tags: UFO, Chinese Lanterns

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #5 Posted by astrobeing on 13 November, 2020, 0:18
With all the fires that we have here in the Pacific Northwest I'm shocked that people are allowed to send floating fire up into the sky.
Comment icon #6 Posted by DreadLordAvatar on 13 November, 2020, 1:57
Actually, it’s the dems and antifa promoting arson. Come on bruh, everyone knows that.
Comment icon #7 Posted by OpenMindedSceptic on 13 November, 2020, 7:03
What a pointless, patronising article. "Slow news day for the Dorset Echo" should have been the headline.
Comment icon #8 Posted by Mr Walker on 25 November, 2020, 5:52
Well. kids do a lot of things they are not "allowed  to" We made them back in the 70s but the very light green garbage bin liners you can buy now would be much more effective  Ive sent a few up using just hot air but the y arent as spectacular as when they have light in them.   (perhaps a very cheap, light, flashing diode light would look good  
Comment icon #9 Posted by the13bats on 25 November, 2020, 6:54
Iirc they are not legal here ( florida ) but i see tons on the coast when we go night dirt pirating
Comment icon #10 Posted by Mr Walker on 26 November, 2020, 7:33
Ok you got me The term doesn't even appear on google,  so what is night dirt pirating ? closest i could find was jumping bikes  over mounds or structures a t night-time  Unless you  are stealing someone's night soil  
Comment icon #11 Posted by the13bats on 26 November, 2020, 8:26
My dirt bike days are past, i went to 3 wheels due to inner ear issues, harder to fall off a trike, lol. dirt pirate,  gues it sounds like i steal dirt, some call it dirt fishing but its metal detecting, i live in florida not far from the beaches and we go there but being i dont care for blazing heat, the bright sun or crowds we go at night, we use a headlight and its nice and peaceful,  We havent been much since early 2020 but our yard is pretty full.
Comment icon #12 Posted by Mr Walker on 26 November, 2020, 10:12
Ok. I watch a lot of metal detecting and magnet fishing shows  (my fav. is GMMD ) but id never heard it called that   Thanks for the heads up.   My brother finds quite a lot of gold around Australia on old gold fields  using a metal detector  and also a wide range of precious stones just fossicking . He has them cut and sometimes mounted into the gold nuggets which he has given to his wife and daughters. Most years he spends 3-5 weeks on fields  from western Australia over to Queensland or Victoria.   He had a lot of trouble getting away this year, with covid, and didn't have much luck, only f... [More]
Comment icon #13 Posted by the13bats on 26 November, 2020, 17:28
Ive a lot of hobbies been into MD since i was a kid, a number of years back my wife got hot into it so i got her a top of the line waterproof minelab detector, made in your neck of the woods,  shes found cool stuff under water at boat docks. I dont prospect per say too boring i do coin shoot and relic hunt, i enjoy every hit tina pretty much is only jazzed when its of value, over at new Smyrna beach once she hits at about a foot deep a cache of coins very oddly including modem silver dollars, odd because people dont really carry or use them here, at the same time i fine over 40 hot wheels toy ... [More]
Comment icon #14 Posted by Mr Walker on 26 November, 2020, 21:35
I was geocaching for about 10 years. It was partly the physical  activity/exploration of new places,  involved, but also the thrill of the chase /hunt, which  got to me The young relatives I often  took with me thought of it as treasure hunting.  I imagine that metal detecting has similar rewards and benefits 

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