Amateur astronomer Allen Epling is an avid lover of the skies. But did his latest discovery mark the true existence of life outside of Earth?
Epling told WSAZ News that he recorded hours of footage involving a glowing object which left him, and thousands of people across the U.S., stumped and in shock. Wondering aloud if he had just seen a UFO, the government is saying that it may have simply been a giant toy which costs just $25. The cigar-shaped airship was viewed across three states, prompting many calls to the local authorities, yet Epling maintains that it was a UFO.
"It wasn't anything I recognized. Definitely not an airplane, and I've never seen a helicopter that looked like that," Epling told WSAZ News. "It 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."
The mass excitement hit across many UFO-spotting websites, prompting theories to be put forward as to what it actually was. Some are calling it a solar-powered airship toy, others are calling it a weather balloon and even a few tech nerds are calling it a high altitude stunt kite, which is made in the southern islands of Japan.
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