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Many residents in the UK, especially those in rural areas or places where there are large expanses of land have seen what they claim to be UFO’s in the night sky. These mysterious shapes emit a glow in the sky that can be seen for many miles. Concerned residents have contacted authorities and newspapers to have them investigate these mysterious sightings. However, in many cases these UFO’s are not aliens from outer space visiting earth but sky lanterns being used as part of a celebration. So, have you seen a UFO lately? It may not be anything mystical or other worldly but may just be sky lanterns you see.

UFO’s and Sky Lanterns in the News

According to an article in the Bridgwater Mercury published 7 May 2010, “Use of the [Sky] lanterns has led to a rise in reported sightings of UFOs in the area.” On 5 May 2010 The Huddersfield Daily Examiner reports, “ONCE again people are contacting the Examiner convinced they have seen UFOs in the night skies above Huddersfield. And then others usually reveal they have set off Chinese lanterns in the area and that’s what others have spotted – nothing more sinister than the latest way to celebrate a birthday.” Worldwide Posts on 20 April 2010 reported, “What do people say? Yes, I saw two orange coloured objects flying from north to south, then all of a sudden one shot off at great speed – just disappeared. Then the second one disappeared in an instant following the first. Sorry, but that was probably when the candles in the Chinese lanterns went out and they both dropped to the ground.”

These reports are quite frequent and it is estimated they will increase in the near future with the coming of wedding season. For weddings, many people use traditional sky lanterns such as the ones found at As they are launched they are beautiful but from afar those who are unsure will see a glow in the night sky. These can easily be mistaken for UFO’s.

Other Explanations for UFO’s than Sky Lanterns

The Daily Echo reported, “A Christchurch man told the Daily Echo: “We saw the lights around 11.30pm. They definitely weren’t Chinese lanterns, when we were out in the garden.” Instead of sky lanterns, this sighting was attributed to a meteor shower.

On 6 May 2010 Highland News reported, “The sighting of “an orange fireball” in the sky over the city on Sunday night was reported by an RAF serviceman and his wife.” The story went on to say, “’As an RAF man I’m an aviation enthusiast. I know planes when I see them but I have never seen anything like this before. My thoughts were at that height it must have been in the Inverness area. UFOs are not something I have really thought about but this was definitely unexplained and it was definitely not a Chinese lantern.’”

White cylindrical sky lanterns such as the ones found at are the cause for many UFO sightings. However, they do not explain all sightings. In the case of the RAF man, it remains an unexplained mystery.

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