2021 items

select for full details Yes, aliens did visit Earth. A Harvard professor's belief has miffed the scientific community
There's a good reason why so many scientists disagree with Avi Loeb.
By Simon Goodwin 22 Feb 2021

A highly unusual object was spotted travelling through the solar system in 2017. Given a Hawaiian name,'Oumuamua,' it was small and elongated - a few hundred metres by a few tens of meters, travelling at a speed fast enough to escape the Sun's gravity and move into interstellar space.

I was at a meeting when the discovery of 'Oumuamua' was announced, and a friend immediately said to me, 'So how long before somebody claims it is a spaceship?' It seems that whenever astronomers discover anything unusual, somebody claims it must be aliens.

Nearly all scientists believe that 'Oumuamua' probably originates from outside the solar system. It is an asteroid- or comet-like object that has left another star and travelled through interstellar space - we saw it as it zipped by us. But not everyone agrees. Avi Loeb, a Harvard professor of astronomy, suggested in a recent book that it is indeed an alien spaceship. But how feasible is this? And how come most scientists disagree with the claim?

You Can Now Explore the CIA's 'Entire' Collection of UFO Documents Online
select for full details Thousands of pages of declassified records are available for anyone to peruse
By Isis Davis-Marks 15 Jan 2021

2,780 pages of Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) documents detailing the government entity's findings on unidentified flying objects (UFOs) are now available for anyone to read and download.

As Brandon Specktor reports for Live Science, the Black Vault's collection features UFO-related records declassified by the CIA since the 1980s. The site's owner, John Greenewald Jr., obtained the newly digitized documents-said by the CIA to represent the entirety of its UFO collection-by filing a series of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests.

'The Black Vault spent years fighting for them, and many were released in the late 1990s,' writes Greenewald in a blog post. 'However, over time, the CIA made a CD-ROM collection of UFO documents, which encompassed the original records, along with the ones that took years to fight for.'

Greenewald purchased the CD-ROM in mid-2020 and has spent the past several months converting its contents into searchable PDF files. Per Live Science, highlights of the trove include a 1976 account in which the government’s former assistant deputy director for science and technology is handed a cryptic piece of information about a UFO and a document centered on a strange, late-night explosion in a tiny Russian town.

'Around 20 years ago, I had fought for years to get additional UFO records released from the CIA,' Greenewald tells Vice's Samir Ferdowsi. 'It was like pulling teeth! I went around and around with them to try and do so, finally achieving it. I received a large box, of a couple thousand pages, and I had to scan them in one page at a time.'

COMMENT FROM w buttry * 22 Feb 2021
I think they just need to come clean about UFO's and be done with it we all know they exist and we deserve to know the truth and about the reverse engineering of circuits and weaponry.

select for full details 4 mysterious UFO sightings that are still unexplained
Some UFO sightings can be explained away - but we still don't know the truth behind these ones
By Sue Nelson 22 Jan 2021
Many objects have been mistaken for UFOs, from natural phenomena such as lightning sprites and meteors, to experimental aircraft and weather balloons. The French UFO research group, GEIPAN, found that 3.5 per cent of sightings remained unidentified. Here are a few that, so far, have defied explanation.
Florence, Italy, 1954
In 1954, two local football clubs were playing in Florence, Italy, when the crowd stopped watching the game. Instead, around 10,000 fans were looking upwards at a strange craft
Melbourne, Australia, 1966
Around 350 children and teachers at Westall High School in Melbourne, Australia, watched five planes surround a silvery flying-saucer-shaped UFO in 1966. The planes attempted to aerially herd the craft for about 20 minutes before it disappeared.
USA and Mexico, 1997
In 1997, thousands of people reported lights across several hundred miles of night sky in Arizona and Nevada in the United States, and Sonora in Mexico. These lights were either stationary, or on a moving V-shaped craft in a triangular formation (artist's impression opposite).
Rendlesham Forest, UK, 1980
In December 1980, US airmen stationed at RAF Woodbridge in Suffolk, England were investigating reports of lights in Rendlesham Forest when they saw red and blue lights and a UFO land. It was described as around three metres high and three metres in diameter and appeared to be standing on fixed legs. The material of the craft was like 'smooth, opaque black glass.'

2020 items

select for full details Huge, Hovering and Silent: The Mystery of 'Black Triangle' UFOs
Some speculate they are super-secret US spy craft. Others question whether they might be from elsewhere, conducting some kind of surveillance.
By History Channel 22 Jul 2020

Within the larger mystery of the UFO phenomenon is another, still-unsolved puzzle: Why do so many reports involve strange, triangular-shaped craft-often described as dark in color, virtually noiseless and the size of a football field or larger? What, exactly, are they? And why are so many witnessed hovering or moving slowly and methodically, with no visible contrails?

In the years after the U.S. Air Force coined the term 'unidentified flying object' in 1952, reports often referred to UFOs generically as flying saucers. But witnesses then, and since, have described a wide array of shapes: saucers (or two saucers put together), eggs, hats, cigars, boomerangs, lightbulbs-even Tic Tac candies.

Among the most commonly reported shapes were V-shaped, arrowhead-like or triangular. David Marler, UFO researcher and author of Triangular UFOs: An Estimate of the Situation, says he has reviewed more than 17,000 case files involving unidentified triangular craft, sometimes called 'black triangles.' Whether the sightings represent advanced U.S. spy craft-as some speculate-or something of unknown origin, their purpose remains mysterious. Given their consistent hovering behavior, Marler says, they might be engaged in 'surveillance of some nature-or scanning. Or analyzing the topography.'

Rendlesham Forest UFO: Are we any closer to the truth 40 years on?
select for full details Forty years ago, a remote forest in Suffolk was the scene of one of the most famous purported UFO sightings in history. So just what did happen, and will we ever know for sure?
By Nic Rigby 26 Dec 2020
Vince Thurkettle was out chopping wood one morning in Rendlesham Forest in late December 1980 when a car drew up.
Out stepped two men, aged about 30, dressed in suits.
"Good morning. Do you mind if we ask you some questions?" asked one, in a well-spoken English accent.

Earlier, on 26 and 28 December, United States Air Force (USAF) security personnel stationed at nearby RAF Woodbridge had reported seeing strange lights in the surrounding forest. Forestry worker Mr Thurkettle's unannounced - and unidentified - visitors asked if he had been out the previous night. "I said: 'No,'" he recalls.

"They said 'Did you leave the house at all? Did you see anything?' I said: 'What?'

"They said: 'Oh, there's a report of some red lights in the forest... We're just checking.' And the two of them, very politely but firmly, asked me probably about 20 questions. I thought they were journalists.

"They suddenly said: 'Oh well, fair enough. There's probably nothing in it.' And left.

select for full details Here's Why The Pentagon Officially Released UFO Video Footage
The Pentagon formally released three unclassified videos Monday taken by Navy pilots of 'unidentified aerial phenomena,' a step that comes after years of progress towards government transparency surrounding unidentified flying objects.
By Jack Brewster 27 Apr 2020

The videos, which were first published by the New York Times in 2017, show fast-moving oblong objects racing through the sky and a pilot, in one video yelling, 'Look at that thing, dude - it's rotating!'

The Pentagon, which previously confirmed the veracity of the videos in 2019, said it formally released the footage after a 'thorough review' determined the videos do not reveal any sensitive information and to 'clear up any misconceptions by the public on whether or not the footage that has been circulating was real,' Sue Gough, a Defense Department spokeswoman, told CBS News.

One of the videos released shows an incident from 2004 in which Navy pilots encountered an object 40 feet long hovering about 50 feet above the water, according to the New York Times; the two other videos are from 2015 and show strange objects moving very quickly - one racing above the water, another rotating in mid air (the videos were released after unauthorized leaks in 2007 and 2017, CBS News reports.)

The release of the videos and the Times report on the experiences of the Navy pilots who encountered the objects comes as government officials have sought to investigate and lend more transparency to the subject in recent years.

Former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who tweeted in support of the Pentagon releasing the videos Monday, helped steer funding towards a $22 million program in 2007 to investigate UFOs (in his tweet Monday Reid added that the videos 'only scratch the surface of research and materials available.')

2018 items

select for full details Is interstellar object 'Oumuamua an alien space probe?'
The interstellar object 'Oumuamua could be a light-sail created by an alien civilization.'
By Hamish Johnston 7 Nov, 2018

That is the highly speculative conclusion of Shmuel Bialy and Avi Loeb of Harvard University, who say that the unexplained trajectory of the object as it travelled through the solar system could be the result of it being accelerated by sunlight.

In a statement about the research, Loeb says that it is "unclear whether 'Oumuamua' might be a defunct technological debris of equipment that is not operational any more or whether it is functional". Bialy and Loeb believe the object could be a light-sail, which would have used the radiation pressure of starlight - or perhaps even light from a giant laser - to reach the solar system. Japan's IKAROS mission, which launched in 2010, has already used a light-sail to accelerate a spacecraft using sunlight.

What is behind the decline in UFO sightings?
select for full details in an age of wild claims churned out by politicians, media and advertisers, perhaps people don't care as much any more
By Philip Jaekl 21 Sep, 2018

This month, the two major online sites for reporting UFOs - the National UFO Reporting Center and the Mutual UFO Network - both documented steep drops in worldwide sightings. The declines started around 2014, when reports were at a peak. They have since reduced drastically to 55% of that year's combined total, many UFO interest groups have folded, and numerous previously classified government documents have been disclosed.

Do these declines reveal that UFO interest is becoming a blip on the human cultural radar? Perhaps UFO and alien lore is seeming more like a reflection of human culture, tied to the space age, motivated by conquering new existential frontiers.

It might not be a coincidence that the term UFO (unidentified flying object) and some of the phenomena that surrounds it - abductions and impossible technologies - are relatively recent. Before the 1940s, reports of sightings of objects in the sky were extremely rare. Centuries of recorded history give no clear indication of any such activity. Then, at the predawn of the space-age, around the time of the Roswell conspiracy, UFO culture was born, giving rise to everything from Space Invaders to The X-Files.

select for full details Aliens Might Have Sent Cigar-Shaped Probe to Monitor Earth
In October of last year, a mysterious, cigar-shaped interstellar object fell through our solar system
By Eric Levitz 6 Nov, 2018

When the Pan-STARRS 1 telescope in Hawaii first discovered "Oumuamua" - the object's official nickname, meaning "a messenger who reaches out from the distant past" in Hawaiian - researchers assumed that it was an ordinary comet or asteroid. But the longer they observed Oumuamua, the more improbable that hypothesis appeared: After all, what kind of asteroid is ten times longer than it is wide, and suddenly accelerates in speed, for no discernible astrophysical reason?

A new paper from scientists at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics offers an answer: the kind of asteroid that is actually a solar-powered component of an alien spacecraft that broke off its mothership while investigating Earth's solar system.

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