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Close Encounters of the First Kind

The UFO research community has been buzzing after what appear to be two incredible sightings in the last few weeks. Among the myriad encounters that are reported nearly every day across the globe, these two events have prompted many to ask if we, the inhabitants of this planet, are on the verge of a major revelation regarding the UFO phenomenon. Yet there are others who yet again ask for substantial proof of these events (such as a clear photograph or video footage) other than the verbal testimony of eyewitnesses.

"Diamond UFO"

Diamond UFO

Just over a week ago, it was reported that a group of eight Chinese fire-fighters observed an object in Liu Pan Shui City for over an hour. The strange craft was filmed by one of the group and a still frame from the footage was released (see above). Similar craft have been observed in the past and described as “diamond UFO’s” – two rotating cones joined at the base and flashing a range of colours. Twenty minutes of footage was shown to staff at the Liu Pan Shui meteorological bureau. They were at a loss to explain the craft. The footage was then handed to government astronomical departments for further examination.

Many would consider the relegation of the footage to a government body as being the last time it would ever be seen. However, unlike their counterparts in the west, the Chinese media and government are more open to the possibility of alien visitation and regard the UFO phenomenon as fact, not fiction. Many in the UFO community are confident that the footage will soon be made available to the general public.

The other incident occurred in Saudi Arabia, and was reportedly witnessed by millions of people. On the evening of January 7th, a loud noise was heard in the sky and a bright object was observed, east of the capital Riyadh. Locals in the region said they heard an explosion and felt a tremor, indicating the object had crashed to Earth. Many stated it was nothing more than a satellite or meteor, yet others claiming to have seen meteors in the past, disagreed. It was reported that the object was a blue green colour and was discarding what seemed to be laser beams as it moved across the sky.

Again, the incident received no attention from the western media, but the usually conservative Saudi press has given the event much coverage. Many witnesses to the incident feared for their lives and began to pray – such was the magnitude of the sighting. The Saudi government has not released any information regarding the object or its supposed crash, but have reportedly sealed off the area where it was believed to have gone down. Many pictures have surfaced (such as the one below) but have done little to quiet the sceptics due to the camera focus problems that inevitably cloud the UFO issue.

Saudi Arabia Incident

Saudi Arabia Incident

by Max Drake
(Freelance writer and artist for GritFX.)

(Source: http://www.allnewsweb.com)


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  1. I grew up with a guy who swore he saw an alien air craft.

    Posted by Bill Donovan | January 30, 2009, 3:29 pm
  2. I find it hard to believe that we’re alone in the universe. It’s, as we know it, an infinite amount of space, and to think that we’re alone seems a bit close minded. I’m intrigued by the idea that there’s extra terrestrial life out there.

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    Posted by Stefan | January 30, 2009, 5:04 pm
  3. Funny that. When I was a kid I remember taking out the trash, which meant walking up some stairs to do a three pointer into the garbage can below, and saw a prism like thing go whizzing by.

    It was stationary, and then zap! gone. I recall it being like a prism, spinning around no discernible axis.

    It was like a split second, that’s it.

    Posted by Wayne | January 30, 2009, 9:05 pm
  4. Hi guys…
    Bill – how did your friend describe the craft he saw?

    Stefan – nice to see you here. I totally agree that it’s absurd to think we are alone in the universe. It’s also highly arrogant of the human race to believe that we are so special that we are alone. I would just like to see a clear, definable picture of a UFO. With today’s technology, you would think it wouldn’t be too difficult to capture.

    Wayne – Sounds like the thing in China. I think many sightings are definitely experimental military craft mistaken for alien craft, but I still believe!

    Posted by Max Drake | January 30, 2009, 9:37 pm
  5. I agree that in the vastness of the universe, there must be life out there somewhere. But given the vastness of interstellar distances, it just seems near impossible for civilizations way out there to reach us. But, I still find these reports intersting.

    Posted by Rachy | January 31, 2009, 8:35 pm
  6. Hey Rachy…good of you to drop by.
    Let’s not forget that other possible civilisations in the universe may be a lot more advanced than we are – able to manipulate space/time or traverse such things as wormholes. So I don’t think it’s impossible for others to reach Planet Earth.

    But hey, no one really knows for sure anyway….

    Thanks for the comment, hope to see you here again.

    Posted by Max Drake | January 31, 2009, 11:36 pm
  7. So that’s where you were last week…China. Wow, Max, you don’t miss a beat. We gotta get you an answering machine though…some of those people who call for you are a little ‘kooky’ 😉
    When the phone goes in yr office when yr out, its a case of:
    Manz: “C’mon guys, i got it last time”
    Adam: “Can someone get that? I’m on the phone with Hollywood.”
    Wadrick: (Snores) [Pretending to be asleep]


    Posted by Decoy Spoon | February 1, 2009, 6:18 pm
  8. Decoy, my man…yeah, I get around eh? Beijing to Riyadh was a torturous trip….hot out there in Saudi Arabia, too….

    Wadrick doesn’t pretend to be asleep….he actually always IS asleep….

    Posted by Max Drake | February 1, 2009, 8:25 pm
  9. I don’t remember what he said the ship looked like. I remember that he was on one side of a hill, and the ship came over the other side and then flew away at an impossible direction.

    Posted by Bill Donovan | February 3, 2009, 4:33 pm
  10. the end is near and these are some of the signs in the heavens

    Posted by Shea | February 6, 2009, 10:28 pm
  11. Saudi Arabia? I wonder……..
    is it the madi?

    Posted by Shea | February 6, 2009, 10:33 pm

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