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Friday, 26 October 2012

Was the cigar-shaped 'UFO' actually a giant toy? Glowing object witnessed by thousands across three states may have been solar-powered airship

By JAMES NYE
UFO: Allen Epling captured these images of a mysterious object hovering for hours The glowing object which left thousands of people across the U.S. wondering if they had just seen a UFO may have simply been a giant toy which costs just $25. Amateur astronomer Allen Epling took hours-long footage and videos of the mystery, glowing object from his Virgie, Kentucky, home for over two hours last week. Now it has emerged that the cigar-shaped craft which was viewed across three states may have been nothing more than a solar-powered airship. The airship, which is marketed as a 'toy for all the family', is eight meters in length and flies solely by the power of the sun.
Is it a bird, is it a plane? The airship, which is marketed as a 'toy for all the family', is eight meters in length and flies solely by the power of the sun It is constructed from a high-density, lightweight matte black film which reacts to the heat from the sun and gets bigger as it fills with air. It can reach heights of 30,000 feet. But part-time star-gazer Epling estimated the UFO to be operating at over 100,000 feet - over twice the height a commercial jet flies. It was witnessed across Kentucky, Virginia and Tennessee.
The cigar-shaped craft glowed at regular intervals and it was seen by thousands across three different states He told WSAZ News: 'It wasn't anything I recognised. Definitely not an airplane, and I've never seen a helicopter that looked like that. 'Looked like two fluorescent bulbs, side by side, parallel, shining very brightly. 'It would get so bright they would seem to merge, and you could see it very clearly with the naked eye. Then it would dim down almost invisible.' Though it caused mass excitement across UFO-spotting websites, many theories have been put forward as to what it actually is. As well as the solar-powered airship toy, others are calling it a weather balloon and even a high altitude stunt kite which is made in the southern islands of Japan.
Mr. Epling was sure the object was real - but he was unsure whether it was of alien origin While Epling was intrigued by the mystery hovering object, he was perplexed as to how the craft managed to maintain its position at such a high altitude. 'I don't understand how it could stay up there in one place. There was no sign of propellers or any kind of propulsion system. No gas is coming out,' said Epling. Police in the area reported that they received a large number of calls about the object but they were unable to find the craft. 'We received several calls about it, but our trooper was unable to locate any object in the sky,' said Kentucky State Police Trooper Shaun Little to the Appalachian News Express. source: dailymail

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