Objects that can easily
be mistaken for UFOs
be mistaken for UFOs
Chinese lanterns have been mistaken for UFOs all around the world, they are generally used for weddings, holidays and special occasions. They have only recently been outlawed in many countries due to the fire hazards and interference with aircraft.
Ball LightningBall lightning is an unexplained atmospheric electrical phenomenon. The term refers to reports of luminous, usually spherical objects which vary from pea-sized to several meters in diameter. It is usually associated with thunderstorms, but lasts considerably longer than the split-second flash of a lightning bolt. Many of the early reports say that the ball eventually explodes, sometimes with fatal consequences, leaving behind the odor of sulfur. Not a lot is know about this phenomena but prominent scientist attribute many UFO misidentifications to ball lightning.
Saucer-shaped or "lenticular" clouds that form at high altitudes have been confused with UFOs. Many clouds, particularly the ones that hover over mountain peaks have been mistaken for UFOs. Many people believe that these types of clouds are cloaking mechanisms for UFOs.
Meteors & Space Debris
Meteors and space debris can create a spectacular light show when it burns through the Earth's atmosphere, and sometimes reported as UFOs.
Civilian or military aircraft: Planes can look mysterious at night, (especially in a head-on direction) or in certain light conditions, thus confusing an observer.
Many times aircraft at reasonably high altitude that are flying directly at the viewer can appear to be hovering and are frequently misidentified as UFOs.
DronesAn unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), commonly known as a drone, is an aircraft without a human pilot on board. There are a wide variety of drone shapes, sizes, configurations, and characteristics. They are deployed predominantly for military applications, but also used in a small but growing number of civil applications, such as policing, firefighting, and nonmilitary security work, such as surveillance. Given the diversity of drones it is now one of the most commonly misidentified objects as UFOs.
Blimps or Airships
Blimps, or airships can be extremely deceptive especially at night and are often confused for UFOs. Also the technology and the design have advanced over the past 10 years and they no longer look like standard blimps. Here are two reasonably new designs but there are many more. Also many military and DEA airship do not have any conventional markings.
The planet Venus often gets mistaken for a UFO. To viewers on Earth, the second planet from the sun appears as a bright light that hangs in the sunset sky, seeming to slowly hover in the twilight as it outshines every star except for the sun.