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Have UFOs really visited the Earth?
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09:01, September 16, 2009

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For years, UFOs have fascinated people, from those in the serious business of science to the layperson. The debate still rages, most of all in the US, the center of the scientific world.

But the latest sighting, many claim, has been in China, even though the scientist who is supposed to have sighted it says: "That's false news. I said 'an unidentified object' not 'an unidentified flying object'." [More>>]

[What is UFO?]
An Unidentified Flying Object (commonly abbreviated as UFO or U.F.O.) is the popular term for any aerial phenomenon whose cause cannot be easily or immediately identified. The United States Air Force, which coined the term in 1952, initially defined UFOs as those objects that remain unidentified after scrutiny by expert investigators, though the term UFO is often used more generally to describe any sighting unidentifiable to the reporting observer(s). Popular culture frequently takes the term UFO as a synonym for alien spacecraft.

[Report on UFO continues]
UFOs sighted in East China

Two saucer-like objects are sighted in Binzhou city of East China's Shangdong province, at 8 pm, August 20. Quite a number of witnesses across Shangdong claim they have spotted the two UFOs. [More>>]

UFO hovers over Chongqing for half an hour

At about 10 pm on the evening of August 23, a UFO appeared in the sky above Beibei Binjiang Road in Chongqing. The UFO was “V” shaped and its color changed in the order of red, blue, green, yellow and white at short intervals. Hundreds of people watched but no one heard any sound produced by engines or propulsion equipment. [More>>]

Mysterious luminary over N China's skies

A mysterious luminary is seen in the skies of NE China's Changchun city. [More>>]

[Debate also continues]

Some scientists have argued that all UFO sightings are misidentifications of natural phenomena and historically, there was debate among some scientists about whether scientific investigation was warranted given available empirical data.

Japanese gov't spokesman: UFOs "definitely" exist (December 20, 2007)

Japanese top government spokesman said he "definitely" believes UFOs exist although Japan's air force has never spotted one. [More>>]

The truth is out there: There are no aliens, says UK (May 10, 2006)

Hopes or fears that the Earth has been visited by alien life forms have been dismissed in an official report by British defence specialists.

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) confirmed that a secret study completed in December 2000 had found no evidence that "flying saucers," or unidentified flying objects (UFOs), were anything other than natural phenomena. [More>>]

[However, what are they in these photos?]
Are they real UFO images?

This photo was allegedly taken in Jersey City, NJ, USA, Aug. 2005. It took place when the photographer had pulled over off the highway to buy some fruits at an isolated fruit store and he snapped a picture of this warehouse in the lot over. He said he did not even see it when he took the picture. (Source: Xinhua Forum)

[Various reactions in the world]
Britain to release UFO X-files soon (January 07, 2008)

Without warning, the orange UFO swooped toward them.

The crew of the RAF Vulcan bomber banked hard and radioed they were being chased across the Atlantic by a large mysterious object.

The incident was classified as a UFO sighting and the details were immediately locked away.

Now, 30 years later, the extraordinary encounter is among thousands of previously secret cases contained in the government's "X-Files" that officials are to release in their entirety. [More>>]

Former U.S. pilots, officials call for UFO probe (November 13, 2007)

Democratic U.S. presidential hopeful Dennis Kucinich may have been ridiculed for saying he had seen a UFO, but for some former military pilots and other observers, unidentified flying objects are no laughing matter. [More>>]

Int'l panel urges U.S. to reopen UFO inquiry (November 14, 2007)

An international panel of two dozen former pilots and government officials urged the U.S. government Monday to reopen its generation-old UFO investigation as a matter of safety and security given continuing reports about flying discs, glowing spheres and other strange sightings. [More>>]

Mystery of UFO research centre puzzles scientists (December 06, 2005)

Authorities in Guiyang, capital of Guizhou Province, announced Monday that they had received 160 million yuan (US$20 million) from a Taiwan-based company to construct a UFO research base.
Some people in the city's Baiyun District believe they were visited by aliens in 1994, and with this new research base, they hope to reproduce the mysterious moment, through photos and historical documentation. [More>>]

[Top 10 mysteries to be solved]

Science can explain many strange phenomena, but some mysteries remain to be solved.
The magazine Livescience listed top ten unexplained phenomena on Monday.
Some of these phenomena may one day be fully understood, as many things that were once mysterious or unexplained (such as the causes of disease) are now common knowledge.[More>>]

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