(Credit: Google Maps)
For decades, the US government denied that Area 51, a top-secret military base in Nevada, was, until 2013, when a 2005 freedom of information act request forced the CIA to officially acknowledge. Now, with the help of images from Google Maps, conspiracy theorists claim that they have found in China ‘ s version in the Gobi desert.
To make use of images from Google Maps, YouTube conspiracy channel “thirdphaseofmoon” is of the opinion that the circular formation of buildings spotted between Nepal and Mongolia would be a kind of “start-and landing strip for extraterrestrials,” but none of that has ever been confirmed by the Chinese government or elsewhere.
Fox News has reached out to the Chinese embassy in Washington, D. C. for comments on this story.
WHAT IS GOING ON IN AREA 51?
“Thirdphaseofmoon” describes itself as “the#1 Most Viewed UFO Youtube Channel and publish regular videos about Ufos, aliens and other conspiracy-theory events.
While it may be nothing more than a different arrangement of buildings or rocks that has not stopped conspiracy theorists from claiming that it is “China’s Area 51,” with some going so far as to think that it is a landing pad for ships.
“It looks like a landing pad for a massive ship of sorts,” a commentator wrote. “Job? I don’t think so, but the landing pad yes. Especially because of the hollow circles. Looks like something calm.”
Another commenter suggested that the reconnaissance aircraft: “Stop with the hype, it is a test, went for reconnaissance aircraft, their cameras, and targeted equipment. Any country that put satellites, ballistic missiles, or a fleet of ISR aircraft has a series like this.”
A commenter even likened it to the famous Phoenix Lights phenomena in 1997. “It was not the huge craft behind the ‘Phoenix Lights’ of the same kind of chevron?” user Marc Conyard wrote.
The formation seen in the image above has been controversial before, with some believing that it could be the Chinese to Stonehenge, which is used by nomads to worship the Sun, according to a report by 2015 in the Daily Mail.
Other reports, including one in 2011 by CBS, have suggested that they are used to calibrate China’s spy satellites, but the Chinese government has never confirmed this.