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They must be the first observed Chinese lanterns.
•During the Han Dynasty, from 206 B.C. to 220 A.D., the Chinese Empire was divided into three warring kingdoms, and the military hero and strategist Zhu Geliang (also known as Kung Ming) devised special lanterns to alert nearby cities of approaching attackers. These "Flying Lanterns" consisted of a strip of kerosene-soaked cloth or paper that was ignited and placed inside a lantern. The heat made the lantern float upward so it could be seen far away in the night sky. Today, flying lanterns are released on New Year's Day with wishes to bring good luck and prosperity in the coming year.
Originally posted by wavemaker
As NASA likes to say, they are Chinese lanterns. They must be the first observed Chinese lanterns.
Originally posted by Hefficide
reply to post by RiotComing
I fully believe that people have seen things in the skies since man literally had the ability to perceive and recognize them.
What I have yet to see proof of is that they were anything other than naturally occuring phenomena.