Officials puzzled by more than 100 UFO sightings near India border

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Jan 14, 2013, 2:52 PM EST

Usually when we talk about a government reaction to UFO sightings, it's to report another public, official denial of anything weird going on. But over in India, the government's a little too busy to deny anything just now, because they're still trying to figure out what the more than 100 luminous orbs seen in the sky near their border with China are.

For more than two months, between Aug. 1 and Oct. 15, there were more than 100 reports of strange objects in the sky at the India-China border. The "yellowish spheres appear to lift off from the horizon on the Chinese side and slowly traverse the sky for three to five hours before disappearing," according to a report in the Times of India.

Because the sightings were so numerous and so similar, the Indian government started to look into the objects. This is usually the part where the government comes out and says, "Move along, nothing to see here," but apparently Indian officials still aren't sure themselves what these things are, so the objects remain a mystery.

Given that they seem to be coming from the China side of the border, the obvious explanation for these things is that they're some kind of experimental Chinese aircraft, right? But it seems the Indian government has ruled that out. The Indo-Tibetan Border Police even sent pictures (like the one above) to their headquarters for analysis, but all police officials were able to say is that the objects were not unmanned vehicles. The Indian army even bought a mobile radar unit with a spectrum analyzer to get a better idea of what these things are, and if they managed to find out anything, they're not telling anyone. According to India Today, one of the objects wasn't picked up on the radar, which would suggest that it's not made of metal, but other than that, officials seem to have gotten nowhere.

Even independent experts seem to be baffled. In September, astronomers from the Indian Astronomical Observatory at Hanle went out to observe the objects, which border police have dubbed Unidentified Luminous Objects (ULOs), and could only conclude that they weren't meteors or planets.

So we've ruled out Chinese aircraft, drones, astronomical phenomena and, apparently, things made of metal. So does that lead us to the conclusion that these are alien spacecraft? Not just yet.

"There is no evidence of the UFOs being of extraterrestrial origin," said astrophysicist Jayant Narlikar. "The implication of them being alien objects is fancy, not fact."

The last time the Indian government seriously examined UFO reports, they came back with the conclusion that they were seeing high-flying paper lanterns. What anticlimactic explanation will they throw out this time? We'll have to wait and see.

(Via Huffington Post)