Yogyakarta. Hundreds of curious visitors have flocked to a small rice field in central Java to witness what could be Indonesia’s fist documented crop circle, an occurrence attributed by some to close encounters of the Alien kind.
Ngadiran, one of six farmers who owns the land in Slemen where the crop circle measuring 70 meters in diameter was found on Sunday afternoon, told the Jakarta Globe on Monday that he had not seen what had caused the distinctive pattern but others may have.
“According to several residents, they saw a tornado on Saturday evening. On Sunday afternoon, we saw the footprint in our fields,” Ngadiran said.
He would not say if he believed that an unidentified flying object (UFO) was behind the crop circle, which contains a number of symbols.
The farmers have fenced off the area to prevent their fields from being trampled by sightseers, while police have set up cordons.
Thomas Djamaluddin, the head of atmospheric sciences and chief of astronomy research at the National Aeronautics and Space Agency (Lapan), doubted, however, that the Slemen crop circles were an indication that humankind had been visited by aliens.
“We will not send investigators to the scene because we suspect the crop circle involves human invention, not natural phenomena, nor scientific phenomena associated with outer space creatures commonly referred to as aliens,” Thomas said.
Budi Waluyo, head of the Meteorology, Climatology and Geology Agency (BMKG) in Yogyakarta, said the agency had no records of a tornado in the special province or its surrounding areas on Saturday and Sunday.
He said even if a tornado did occur, it would leave a distinctive snaking trail, not a crop circle.