Mystery of June 1961
Night of May 31 was no ordinary night for the twin city of Islamabad. A luminous object was seen over Rawalpindi on May 31 night by a number of citizens on the eastern sky. An eyewitness had this say;
“It looked like a bright star moving fast enough to be noticed. It travelled from northwest to southeast. It was not an aeroplane.”
The mysterious object was noted by some citizens of the Cantonment area of Rawalpindi at 9.20 pm PST. It is stated that people had seen a similar object also on Sunday night (May 28) at about 11pm. Since the event happened 50 years ago and at that time we had no media revolution. So what was it?? Pakistan Weather Portal (PWP) goes in-depth to find the answer.
Theories related to the mysterious object over Pindi
Following are the some theories that might be the case with Pindi mystery;
Artificial satellites over the earth – Answer?
Many artificial satellites are visible to the unaided eye. They shine by reflecting sunlight and can be brighter than many stars. Satellites are distinct from aircraft in that they typically take about two minutes to cross the sky from one horizon to another and do not have flashing landing or navigation lights. They are also completely silent.
Satellites shine with a steady light, but fade out if they enter the Earth’s shadow.
Jupiter or Venus – Bright objects?
The chances are it’s Jupiter or Venus (or just occasionally Mars). Planets will appear to move across the sky as the Earth turns, keeping their position with respect to the surrounding stars. Unlike stars, they generally don’t twinkle as they have an apparent diameter large enough that the effect of turbulence in the Earth’s atmosphere averages out.
Jupiter and Venus can both be strikingly bright. At maximum brightness Jupiter is four times and Venus 19 times as brilliant as Sirius, the next brightest star after the Sun. Once every 17 years Mars can be as bright as Jupiter (the last time was in 2003).
UFO (Unidentified flying object) hovers over Pindi
Though the whole UFO concept is not popular in Pakistan, there have been many cases all over the world especially United States, where UFO have been spotted and people say that they had been captured by Aliens and experiments were conducted on them.
It has been suggested that UFO also behave like an aeroplane but they are quicker and silent than it. So was it the Aliens that came to Pindi? or What if those were the first American drone planes that entered Pakistan?
Myths – From Jinn to holy spirits!
Around the world, from Japan to United States such events have occurred and in every country such incident are related to the country’s culture and thinking.
In South Asia and much of Arab world these events might be considered an act of Jinn (Devil) or Blessing of God. In south-eastern countries, such events are said to be done by the holy spirits while in the U.S such events are called “Alien invasion”. So it is clear that a country will relate such events with its culture and tradition.
In the end
Since this event occurred a very long time ago, it’s not easy to tell what was the actual case of it, so it is up to the people what they believe.