pilots claim sighting a UFO hundreds of times larger than
the moon above Shanghai
23 August, 2011
Saturday's UFO was reportedly so massive that it was
seen in Shanghai and Beijing at the same time.
[This artist's rendering is not of the UFO in question.]
unidentified flying object (UFO) was reported above Shanghai
and Beijing at the same time on August 20.
colossal unidentified glowing ball was first
sighted around 9 p.m. last Saturday above Shanghai by
a Chinese civil aviation pilot flying China Southern Airlines
flight CZ655 from Shanghai to Changchun.
pilot, nicknamed The girl-picking mushroom 168
on the Internet, reported the incident via Sina Weibo
and described it as a shocking experience.
object] expanded from small to large and was spherical
in shape. It was hundreds of times larger than the moon
and its diameter seemed to reach 50 sea miles (92.6 kilometers),
the pilot wrote on Weibo.
pilot added that the UFO faded gradually after hovering
above Shanghai for about 20 minutes.
girl-picking mushroom 168 was not the only one to
spot the UFO. According to the East China Air Traffic
Control Bureau, its air control department received reports
from several pilots on August 20 about the UFO.
on their descriptions, the glowing object was far away
from the airplanes and posed no danger to flight safety
and civil aviation, East China Air Traffic Control
Bureau told the press.
flights were affected by the UFO in Shanghai.
1,500 kilometers north of Shanghai, several amateur astronomers
said they spotted a bubble-like object above
the suburbs of Beijing during a star-gazing event around
the same time on August 20, Xinhuanet.com reported.
Jing, an engineer with the National Astronomical Observatories,
told Shanghai Daily that he took a set of pictures showing
the object rise from the west like an "expanding
round white cloud," but that the object disappeared
several minutes later. See Ma's UFO shot here.
anonymous expert from Shanghai UFO Research Center said
that the UFO could be the fragment of a satellite launched
by Russia two days earlier.
News Service reported that a Russian communications satellite,
the Express-AM4, disappeared after takeoff on the morning
of August 18.
UFO sightings were reported last year in Hangzhou and