UFOs, What’s The Story?

UFOs, they say, started around June 1947, when the papers all over the US carried the first flying saucer report. These reports described a group of disks seen by a private pilot near Mount Rainier. The disks became saucers because of the Pilot’s description of the disk’s movement being like saucers skipping across water. The term evolved into Unidentified Flying Objects and stuck, though often abbreviated to UFO, but everyone still knows what a flying saucer is and the terms are often interchangeable.

They are now known to come in many shapes and sizes from small balls of light to large cigar shaped objects widely regarded as mother ships. They also move in different ways from a straight steady movement to a bouncy undulating movement and their speeds vary between zero while hovering to speeds that earthlings can only dream about. One of the most baffling abilities they have is the ability to turn a ninety degree angle at this high speed without slowing down at all. They also come in various numbers from a single one to large groups that are difficult to count as they appear and disappear.

Over the years UFOs have now been documented in every country in the world and have been reported by thousands of people at all levels of society from the common people to presidents. Still the authorities in many countries deny the existence of UFOs and insist that they are a figment of the reporters’ imaginations and that they are just attention-seekers or that what they saw was a natural phenomenon. Some suggested reasons for the UFO sightings have been Venus, swamp gas, low flying weather balloons and even terrestrial aircraft. Of course these are not capable of performing the movements that UFOs do, but that does not stop government and military from trying to convince the public that this is what was seen.

Orson Welles
Orson Welles

It has often been suggested that the reason for the denials is that the authorities are afraid that there will be widespread panic when we discover that we are not alone. This may once have been true and the radio broadcast by Orson Wells seemed to prove it.  Mr Welles broadcast a drama called The War of the Worlds on October 30, 1938 and to many it was so realistic that they believed that Earth was under attack from Mars and started shooting at everything that moved. However, these days according to some surveys most people either believe in UFOs or are at least keeping an open mind. So it will not come as a shock to most people when eventually it is confirmed that Earth is communicating with extraterrestrials; unless of course they attack us. If they had hostile intentions they would surely have attacked long ago.

Contrary to popular opinion, UFOs are growing in number. They are not reported as often because it is not the big deal it used to be. This is partly due to the frequency of their sightings and the fact that there are hundreds or even thousands of them posted on youtube.com or some other video sharing website. There are of course many fakes made with image editing software and these only serve to muddy the water and make fools of the pranksters who peddle them as the real thing. The fakes and the attention-seekers are another major reason that genuine witnesses are not coming forward since they do not want to be labeled as another fake or an flying saucer nutter.

The fact that UFOs have been seen and reported publicly by many airline pilots, astronauts, senior ranking officers in the army and air force as well as senior politicians regularly report UFOs does not stop the “debunkers” from plying their trade.There was even a series of “official” attempts to prove their non-existence. The most famous of these is Project Blue Book. Project Blue Book was one of a series of systematic studies of unidentified flying objects (UFOs) conducted by the United States Air Force. Started in 1952, it was the second revival of such a study (the first two of its kind being Projects Sign and Grudge). A termination order was given for the study in December 1969, and all activity under its auspices ceased in January 1970. more on this…

 Dr. J. Allen Hynek and Dr. Jacques Vallée
Dr. J. Allen Hynek (left) and Dr. Jacques Vallée (right)

One of the better known investigators involved in Project Blue Book was the Astronomer Dr. J. Allen Hynek who was credited with the close encounters categories of UFO events. Dr. Hynek was said to have been a non-believer when he started but the number of unexplainable reports were said to have converted him into a believer or at least into someone with a very open mind.

But, the video evidence is still there and growing along with the eye-witness accounts albeit at a slower rate than in the previous few decades.

So, What are UFOs

It must be remembered that not every sighting is an alien spacecraft. Many reports turn out to be balloons or chinese lanterns. There are also many remote controlled aircraft in the hands of both innocent hobbyists and pranksters. A simple plastic bag caught on the wind can give a completely wrong impression in the right light or at a bad angle. So just because it cannot be immediately identified, it is not necessarily anything from another world.

The UFOs that are proven to be something “not from around here”, what about them? Where do they come from and what are they? Well it could be that they are from Earth’s future or from some other dimension. There have been strong cases made for both of these, But the most likely explanation is that they are from other planets, most likely from another part of our own galaxy, but they could well be from other galaxies. The technology that has brought them here is far beyond our abilities right now, but if the roumers about hanger 18 and area 51 are anything to go by, we are working hard to catch up.

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