Mystery spheres of light reported by Indian soldiers

Mystery Sighting Spooks Soldiers

Units of the Indian Army and the Indo-Tibetan Border Police Force (ITBP) have reported Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOS) in the Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir. An ITBP unit based in Thakung, close to the Pangong Tso Lake, reported over 100 sightings of luminous objects between August 1 and October 15 this year. In reports sent to their Delhi headquarters in September, and to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), they described sighting “Unidentified Luminous Objects” at day and by night. 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. These were not unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVS), drones or even low earth-orbiting satellites, say Army officials who have studied
the hazy photographs taken by ITBP.

In September, the Army moved a mobile ground-based radar unit and a spectrum analyser-that picks up frequencies emitted from any object-to a mountaintop near the 160-km-long, ribbon-shaped Pangong Lake that lies between India and China. The radar could not detect the object that was being tracked visually, indicating it was non-metallic. The spectrum analyser could not detect any signals being emitted from them. The Army also flew a reconnaissance drone in the direction of the floating object, but it proved a futile exercise. The drone reached its maximum altitude but lost sight of the floating object.

I don’t know if we can rule out drones because they don’t have to be metallic and drones are known to have been sighted. It was possible to consider earth lights or earthquake lights Until, this:

There is still no explanation, however, for what is believed to be the clearest UFO sighting yet, in the Lahaul-Spiti region of Himachal Pradesh less than 100 km south of Ladakh in 2004. A five-member group of geologists and glaciologists led by Dr Anil Kulkarni of the ISRO’s Space Applications Centre in Ahmedabad were on a research trip through the barren Samudra Tapu Valley. They filmed a fourfoot tall robot-like figure, that walked along the valley, 50 m away from them. The humanoid object then rapidly became airborne and disappeared. The encounter lasted 40 minutes.

There they lost me.

First, you have to establish what was REALLY seen. You must do better than telling a story about what sounds like a sci-fi movie. Then you can look more carefully and try to figure out what might have happened.

Not sure what to think of this story. I’m open to ideas about earth lights in this seismically active region. There are interesting luminous phenomena that happen all over the world that we have not figured out. But when you start talking about robots that disappear, well… NOW you are straining credibility and we have to take a step back and rethink this whole thing.

UPDATE (8-Nov-2012) This story has hit a major news outlet.

The lack of answers has caused more embarrassment than fear in military circles, India Today reported, amid concern that this could be a crude psychological operation by the Chinese or a sophisticated probe designed to test Indian readiness.

“If there has been some sightings, I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s a technology demonstration by the Chinese, and the Chinese are very advanced,” said Lt. Gen. B.S. Jaswal, former Northern Army commander. “During my time, we didn’t have such sightings.”

N. Ratnashri, director of New Delhi’s Nehru Planetarium, believes they could be some sort of balloon-borne objects that reflect ambient light, given that they’re visible for several hours, which tends to rule out a meteor shower.

“I wouldn’t put much faith in photographs of a shape that could be anything,” she said. “There’s nothing to tell us there isn’t extraterrestrial life, but nothing to tell us there is.”

Gaurav Tiwari, founder of the 500-member Indian Paranormal Society, said the news dovetails with reports he’s read of alien camps in the Himalayas that the Indian army tolerates. But he hasn’t been able to do his own research in the area, he said.

  4 comments for “Mystery spheres of light reported by Indian soldiers

  1. Douglas Boyle
    November 5, 2012 at 2:39 PM

    A Robotic Flying Yeti Ball Lightening perhaps?

  2. Brian
    November 7, 2012 at 8:22 AM

    Ummm… what’s missing from this article: Size, shape (football, perfect ball, cube with rounded corners?), speed, distance (helps determine size) solid, or just luminous haziness… Without it, this is some sort of made up story- no matter how true it might be.

    Having seen something like this up close, as in 10 and under ft away, there are objects like this that just ‘show up’ and you never see them again. Or, you wish you could, because the first time made for brown pants. The robot is an interesting touch, BTW.

    I looked at the pics. Really? that’s the best they can do?! (says the same person with NO pics….*cough cough*) I was hoping for like something clear, conclusive… *sigh*

  3. Ron
    November 9, 2012 at 1:55 PM

    I love how everyone skips the obvious – flying Chinese paper sky lanterns are easy to make and increasingly popular at weddings (to the point where they’re being banned in some places), considering that sky lanterns originated in, er, china and are used at all sorts of festivals wouldn’t it make sense that the Chinese settlement in Tibet would bring in customs like this to the region? Chances are there’s an up draft or something that draws them up that valley from below

  4. November 13, 2012 at 10:17 AM

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