UFO sightings are an ongoing topic of controversy. For over a decade, the U.S. Navy and Department of Defense have been quietly cataloging and investigating reported encounters. But in 2017, reports of UFO sightings started to circulate and Congress demanded a Pentagon report on the subject.
Reports of UFO sightings
The Pentagon is taking steps to standardize UFO sighting reports and streamline the process. The new rule will be effective on June 17, 2021. A recent report from the U.S. intelligence service details 140 reports of UFO sightings, most of which are logged by Navy pilots. The reports could not be conclusive as to whether the sightings are alien or advanced technology.
Many UFO sighting reports are misidentified as birds or meteors, but some of these objects can be mistaken for UFOs. Light can also play tricks on camera lenses. While it is hard to determine whether or not a UFO is a real or false sighting, scientists say that many sightings are real.
Reports of UFO sightings can be as diverse as the people reporting them. One meteorologist claimed to have interacted with aliens while flying off the coast of Alderney, while another claimed to have sex with an alien woman on board an egg-shaped craft. Many other reports have described a cigar-shaped object in the sky or a glowing egg-shaped craft.
The National UFO Reporting Center maintains a database of over 80,000 UFO sighting reports. You can access this database to research UFO sightings in your area. The dataset includes data in both raw and refined formats. Raw reports are line-delimited JSON documents and contain the details of the sighting. They also include the date, time, and description of the UFO sighting.
A study team led by the CIA found that 90 percent of sighting reports were easily explained by known objects. In addition, they dismissed theories of secret weapons development and “men from Mars.”
Chances of seeing a UFO in your area
While the chances of seeing a UFO in your area are small, they are definitely real. For instance, in the state of Nevada, the chance of seeing one is 1 in 69,600. However, the population in that time was much smaller than it is today. In those years, there were fewer people in Nevada, and UFO sightings occurred in areas like the Nevada Test and Training Range, or Area 51.
In addition, UFO sightings have been reported in New Hampshire, Colorado, Florida, and New York City. In fact, the first UFO sighting was captured in 1870 on Mount Washington, a New Hampshire mountain. Another sighting in New Mexico occurred in 1947 in Roswell. There are untold numbers of sightings of unusual shapes in the sky that have been exhaustively documented. However, none of these sightings have been attributed to extraterrestrial life.
The possibility of extraterrestrial life has captured the American imagination. In recent decades, the issue has become a hot topic of debate in Washington, with many US intelligence officials going on record to document UFO sightings. According to a Pentagon report, there have been 143 reported UFO sightings in the US since 2004.
Several different theories have been suggested by scientists and the public. For instance, there could be alien life in the skies, or they could be secret military projects. Moreover, it could be a clandestine program in another country. This possibility is backed by a government report that was leaked earlier this month.
Common explanations for UFO sightings
While mainstream scientists are quick to dismiss UFO sightings as fanciful stories, there are several explanations that have been proposed. One popular explanation is that these objects are interacting with us in some way, either directly or through paranormal events. According to the UFO literature, a large portion of sightings have a paranormal or occult connection. However, mainstream science has rejected these explanations as pseudoscience and deems them to be of no scientific value.
Another common explanation for UFO sightings is that these objects are experimental military aircraft. These aircraft are designed to be secretive, but sometimes they get spotted during test flights. Many people have claimed to have seen them in the sky, but most of the information regarding these aircraft is classified.
Despite the government’s report, many people are still skeptical. UFO sightings are rare and can be explained by many factors. Many UFO sightings can be the result of a sensor error, spoofing or a misperception. However, a new report from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence reveals that there is no real evidence of aliens or UFOs, despite the many sightings of UFOs. The report also notes that the Air Force has formally developed procedures for reporting sightings.
Another possible explanation is a malicious government. The CIA declassified hundreds of documents relating to their investigations into UFOs in 1978. This declassification led to the formation of a UAP task force, and the Pentagon is denying that it has any such program. However, the fact that UAPs have been repeatedly observed around military vessels also raises questions about the existence of an evil government.
The cloud formations that have been linked to UFO sightings include lenticular clouds, which are clouds that have a lenticular shape. These clouds are visible from 60 miles away and can resemble flying saucers. Moreover, these clouds can be viewed from many miles away from the mountains, which means that they can be mistaken for UFOs.
Cases in the United States
A UFO is an unidentified flying object. The term was coined by the U.S. Air Force in 1953, but UFO sighting cases in the United States began before that. The first recorded sighting was made in 1639 by John Winthrop, who saw a strange light in the sky, about a mile away. Since then, there have been thousands of sightings across the country. But there has been no conclusive evidence that extraterrestrial life is responsible for these occurrences.
In January 2008, residents of Stephenville, Texas, reported that white lights were floating over highway 67. The lights were seen in a single arc and were parallel in the sky. The Air Force claimed that the lights were F-16s passing overhead, but eyewitnesses refused to accept this explanation.
Another famous case of UFOs in the United States occurred in Alaska. Then-Governor Jimmy Carter of Georgia filed a report with the UFO Bureau in Oklahoma. In his report, he claimed to have seen two silver craft in the sky over Great Falls, Montana. However, there was little substantiation to the report, which was dismissed by a governmental panel. The panel reviewed Mariana’s footage as well as data from the U.S. Air Force and another case in Utah. It concluded that the two films were not related to UFOs and were simply the result of sunlight reflecting off aircraft interceptors.
The Robertson panel’s conclusions were consistent with earlier UFO investigations by the Air Force, the SIGN, and GRUDGE projects. The OSI Study Group also found that most UFO reports in the United States were not related to any credible extraterrestrial visits.
Cases around the world
During the early 1970s, a number of UFO sightings occurred throughout the world. For example, the Belgian military investigated reports of large black triangles in the sky. In the same year, 62 children reported seeing alien-like beings who approached them. The beings spoke an unearthly language. Another case involved an Australian pilot who saw a UFO.
In the United States, a UFO incident has been documented in several cases, including the case of a U.S. Air Force pilot who disappeared with his F-89C aircraft. In Italy, UFOs were spotted near the Stadio Artemio Franchi during a football match. Several thousand spectators witnessed this event, which led the military to investigate the incident. A UFO was also spotted in Zimbabwe, where residents allegedly observed strange-looking humanoids circling a school.
There are cases of UFO sightings around the world dating back to the 1600s. In Goseong, Wonju Gangneung, Chuncheon County, and Yangyang County, multiple witnesses reported sightings of UFOs. The sightings were characterized as “unidentified” or “flying objects,” and later analyzed by the US Air Force and other investigators.
Although the majority of sightings are unconfirmed, three percent of the incidents are considered probable UFOs. The vast majority of these cases can be explained by earthly entities, though. Regardless of the nature of the UFO, the fact remains that many more people have witnessed and experienced these unexplained objects than they are willing to report. For instance, in Maryland, there are an average of seven reported sightings each month. The total number of incidents may be as high as 70 to 80 in a year.
In the US, the Pentagon has conducted its Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATPID) since 2007. This project is funded by Congress. In 2010, Elizondo took over the program, and in 2012, the Defense Department decided to end it. Since then, a large number of UFO sightings reported to the Pentagon remain unconfirmed, despite the US military’s efforts to de-stigmatize the phenomenon.