Why did scientists start to seriously study UFOs?

The NASA space agency has announced the start of research into the phenomenon of “anomalous atmospheric phenomena”. This term has replaced the usual abbreviation UFO (Unidentified Flying Object).

First, let’s define the terminology. The term UFO designates any atmospheric phenomenon whose cause is unknown. Researchers have carefully avoided calling them flying saucers, extraterrestrial spacecraft or extraterrestrial technology, as the definition is much broader.

UFOs can include fireballs, weather probes, secret military vehicles and even unusually shaped clouds – in a nutshell, absolutely any incomprehensible object in the air. With exactly the same stubbornness, the public continues to believe that in all these “light triangles” and “celestial castles” are aliens from other planets.

From time to time, serious scientists and even military services attempt to explain the nature of UFOs, but each time the verdict remains the same: “We don’t know anything. »

Even last year’s statement by the US Department of Defense on anomalies in the sky can be summed up in much the same terms. At the same time, evidence of unidentified phenomena is mounting: ordinary people’s smartphones and military aircraft’s radars are increasingly registering strange lights in the sky and fast-flying objects.

This uncertainty forced NASA to allocate $100,000 to the study of UFOs. Frankly, the amount is quite modest, but it must be considered that until now the space agency has generally ignored the phenomenon. At least officially.

Now, a research team led by David Spergel, an astrophysicist from Princeton University, will try to expand the existing data set on UFOs in order to better understand the phenomenon. In other words, it will be an attempt by citizen scientists to at least understand something. Since all available information (if any) is carefully classified by military departments.

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Meanwhile, astrophysicist Avi Loeb, a former professor at Harvard University, has launched a private initiative called Project Galileo. Its objective is to search for potential evidence of the presence of extraterrestrial technologies on Earth.

The researcher advances the following argument: if UFOs are extraterrestrial vessels, they must leave traces: if not loose nuts, at least radioactive radiation or something like that.

By the way, this is the same scientist who made a stunning statement about the nature of the origin of the asteroid Oumuamua, which passed through the solar system. According to him, the space object is an extraterrestrial probe from another galaxy.

It is not surprising that it was Avi Loeb who sent a proposal for cooperation to NASA a few years ago, but the agency, without responding to him, created its own project to study flying saucers.


From now on, the astrophysicist is fascinated by the idea of ​​bringing up fragments of meteorites from the bottom of the Pacific Ocean. On January 8, 2014, a small “guest from space” fell near Papua New Guinea.

Its speed when entering the atmosphere was the incredible 160 thousand kilometers per hour (according to some sources, even 210 thousand), the object broke into fragments that fell into the water near the island of Manus.

All this time, information about the meteorite was hidden, since the only instrument that recorded its fall was an American spy satellite.

But eight years later, the data was declassified, and now scientists are sure that the asteroid (CNEOS 2014-01-08) is an interstellar object that came to us from another galaxy. Avi Loeb even thinks it is the fragment of a spaceship or an extraterrestrial probe.

The fact that the pieces of such a small object did not burn completely suggests that it is made of a stronger material than iron. This leads scientists to wonder if it is a man-made object.

In short, there are now many research projects devoted to UFOs, a topic that was carefully avoided in the past. Discussions of life on other planets have gone into the “it definitely exists, we suck at research” register.

Scientists and space agencies are building probes to search for microbes on Mars and Europa (a moon of Jupiter), telescopes are looking for biomarkers in the emission spectra of exoplanets. At this rate, in a few years, we may well discover that UFOs are actually flying saucers of extraterrestrials studying life on Earth.

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