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Was the cigar-shaped ‘UFO’ actually a giant toy? Glowing object witnessed by thousands across three states may have been solar-powered airship

By James Nye

PUBLISHED: 16:00 GMT, 26 October 2012 | UPDATED: 03:42 GMT, 27 October 2012

The glowing object which left thousands of people across the U.S. wondering if they had just seen a UFO may have simply been a giant toy which costs just $25.

Amateur astronomer Allen Epling took hours-long footage and videos of the mystery, glowing object from his Virgie, Kentucky, home for over two hours last week.

Now it has emerged that the cigar-shaped craft which was viewed across three states may have been nothing more than a solar-powered airship.

The airship, which is marketed as a ‘toy for all the family’, is eight meters in length and flies solely by the power of the sun.

Allen Epling witnessed this unusual and motionless craft that was floating over 100,000 feet up from his home in Virgie, Kentucky
Allen Epling witnessed this unusual and motionless craft that was floating over 100,000 feet up from his home in Virgie, Kentucky

UFO: Allen Epling captured these images of a mysterious object hovering for hours

Is it a bird, is it a plane? The airship, which is marketed as a 'toy for all the family', is eight meters in length and flies solely by the power of the sunIs it a bird, is it a plane? The airship, which is marketed as a ‘toy for all the family’, is eight meters in length and flies solely by the power of the sun

It is constructed from a high-density, lightweight matte black film which reacts to the heat from the sun and gets bigger as it fills with air. It can reach heights of 30,000 feet.

But part-time star-gazer Epling estimated the UFO to be operating at over 100,000 feet – over twice the height a commercial jet flies. It was witnessed across Kentucky, Virginia and Tennessee.

 He told WSAZ News: ‘It wasn’t anything I recognised. Definitely not an airplane, and I’ve never seen a helicopter that looked like that.

‘Looked like two fluorescent bulbs, side by side, parallel, shining very brightly.

‘It would get so bright they would seem to merge, and you could see it very clearly with the naked eye. Then it would dim down almost invisible.’

Though it caused mass excitement across UFO-spotting websites, many theories have been put forward as to what it actually is.

As well as the solar-powered airship toy, others are calling it a weather balloon and even a high altitude stunt kite which is made in the southern islands of Japan.

The cigar-shaped craft glowed at regular intervals and it was seen by thousands across three different statesThe cigar-shaped craft glowed at regular intervals and it was seen by thousands across three different states

While Epling was intrigued by the mystery hovering object, he was perplexed as to how the craft managed to maintain its position at such a high altitude.

‘I don’t understand how it could stay up there in one place. There was no sign of propellers or any kind of propulsion system. No gas is coming out,’ said Epling.

Police in the area reported that they received a large number of calls about the object but they were unable to find the craft.

‘We received several calls about it, but our trooper was unable to locate any object in the sky,’ said Kentucky State Police Trooper Shaun Little to the Appalachian News Express.

Local airports from Pine County also said that they do not have any records of aicraft flying over their airspace during the hours that Epling videoed and photographed the UFO.

Viewed through his astronomical telescope Mr. Epling videoed and photographed the UFO for over two hoursViewed through his astronomical telescope Mr. Epling videoed and photographed the UFO for over two hours

 

Mr. Epling was sure the object was real - but he was unsure whether it was of alien originMr. Epling was sure the object was real – but he was unsure whether it was of alien origin

 

The Meade 8The Meade 8″ SCT astronomical telescope that Mr. Epling used to watch the UFO

Observed through a Mead 8″ SCT astronomical telescope the unidentified object did not drift more than 10 degrees in any direction and was sighted approximately 60 degrees above the horizon.

On Epling’s YouTube posting of the UFO video he explained the movement of the craft: ‘I want to emphasize that the object is NOT moving. The picture is unsteady because I had to hold the camera in hand while trying to video it through the eyepiece of the telescope.’

The craft has excited the UFO community nationwide, with some speculating that the craft is in fact an alien spaceship from the Ashtar Galactic Command.

Jose Ignacio Contreras, who operates the blog, Ashtar Command Crew, commented that Epling’s video shows ‘what appears to be two large Lightships recorded in clear skies during day light hours.’

Epling himself is unsure of what exactly the craft is, but is sure that it is of Earthly origin.

‘I’ve wanted to see a UFO all my life,’ he said. ‘I wasn’t scared, I was fascinated, especially to see something out of the ordinary.’

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One thought on “Was the cigar-shaped ‘UFO’ actually a giant toy? Glowing object witnessed by thousands across three states may have been solar-powered airship

  1. Well… now we see the ‘spin’ the media has been told to place on it…. now I have something to state…
    I happen to be an authority on model aircraft…toys etc…(having been involved in the design, engineering and flight of models and rockets since 1969—and have a patent on a ‘flyable sphere called the CrazyBall) …. notice that this is a silver or clear object… definitely NOT a solar power airship which requires the envelope to be black or a very dark color to absorb the solar energy and store it inside..to make the air inside lighter than the outside.

    The color is not conducive to this and sunlight would simply go through or reflect off of the airship (assuming that is the possibility) and would not heat the inside air to the level that it would levitate…

    Additionally there is two white dots… about 2/3 the way from one end… and are at right angles from the centerline of the two tubes– again assuming that is the possibility)…and stay in that position.

    This indicates they are permanently attached… and could be some sort of drive mechanism….if it is some sort of airship. If that is the case , it would have to be filled with helium..

    If filled with helium…it would have been drifting with the upper air winds (always present) and would,definitely not been stationary… which was noted that it was in fact stationary… by an astronomer , which would be a qualified authority as he views objects in space and knows their characteristics….were not talking off-the street phone cam-mers here…this guy will know a few things about what he is observing and make note of them…. a discipline even gov’t employs lack

    Further worthy of note…is that if filled with helium, would have to have some sort of rod or internal cage to keep the envelope in place as a long envelope like that would tend to ‘balloon’ or deform under the force of the helium.

    Posted by Mike Sullivan | October 29, 2012, 1:27 am

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