[ExI] forget the White House lawn landing

BillK pharos at gmail.com
Fri Sep 11 18:57:35 UTC 2009

On 9/11/09, Damien Broderick wrote:
> <http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1211715/UFO-filmed-40-minutes-Chinese-scientists-prepare-study-footage-year-hopes-proving-alone.html?ITO=1490>
>  Student hoax? Movie viral? Reality TV?

Students having a bit of fun.

The news report has gone all round the world, lapped up by the 'Gee
whiz - a UFO!' press.

First there was a mis-translation from a Chinese news report.
The observatory scientists were filming the solar eclipse (using
proper cameras even!) for about 40 minutes. For around one minute in
the film there was a bright spot near the sun which the lead scientist
said he didn't know what it was, but thought it was probably a star.

The news report ignored the bit about one minute and probably a star
and proclaimed 'Unknown object found in 40 minutes film by Chinese
When a bunch of students read this laughably false report, they
immediately launched a party balloon and filmed it on their shaky
mobile phones and gave the pictures to the over-excited journos.
Note: The pictures of the party balloon are NOT the bright spot that
the scientists were talking about.

If you read Chinese: (well Google does)
or an English report


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