posted on Jul, 8 2008 @ 10:59 PM
Objective and UFO enthusiasts are not usually two things that go together.
Living in Asia I am very familiar with Chinese lanterns and have set-off several myself. I can confirm they can move quite quickly in the air
currents. when they fill with hot air they also gain altitude quickly and are quite impressive looking as flickering red lights in the distance, they
can also fly quite high. Sometimes air currents catch them and bring them into line so a lot of people jump to the conclusion that they are flying in
formation. They burn out after 10 minutes or so usually.
What UFO enthusiasts (I have the word believer) need to do is to concentrate more on the sightings that are harder to explain, daylight sightings,
metallic solid object sightings, fast rotating revolving sightings, sightings involving some type of ionisation and plasma.
These sightings are worth the quality of a 1000 sightings of luminous objects floating in the sky.
When I post about this people always say 'but you shouldn't limit yourself so arbitrarily to this subset'. I have to answer that if you cannot rule
out the obvious fact that most of these slow moving luminous objects are chinese lanterns or small aircraft you are just damaging your own cause and
confusing the situation. There have been a few sightings of metallic rotating discs in the UK recently and it's these sightings that are gold
Of course a lot o fUFO enthusiasts want to 'believe' and don't like to get disappointed. Let's face it folks, the chance of seeing a real honest
to goodness disc/cigar metallic UFO is pretty darn low, so lots of people get excited about UFOs and like to claim that anything they see flotating
around is a possible 'out of this world' UFO, to join the club so to speak.
[edit on 8-7-2008 by ManInAsia]