[ExI] forget the White House lawn landing
pharos at gmail.com
Fri Sep 11 18:57:35 UTC 2009
On 9/11/09, Damien Broderick wrote:
> 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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