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NASA Tasks Team With Explaining UFOs

16 experts to look at what is needed to 'scientifically discern the nature of UAP'

(Newser) - NASA is bringing a scientific perspective to UFOs, launching a 16-member independent study team to investigate what are now known as unidentified aerial phenomena. The team—chaired by astrophysicist and Simons Foundation President David Spergel and including experts on astrobiology, data science, oceanography, policy, and planetary science—will spend nine...

Officials: UFO Sightings Are 'Frequent and Continuing'

Testimony comes amid Congress' first public hearing on UFOs in 50 years

(Newser) - UFO enthusiasts are hoping government officials will be more forthcoming about flying saucers than in days of old as Congress convenes its first hearing on UFOs in 50 years Tuesday. Two top military officials tasked with investigating UFOs—which the government now refer to as Unexplained Aerial Phenomena (UAPs)—are...

Pentagon Group to 'Mitigate' UFO Threats

Critic argues investigative body will only 'maintain UAP/UFO secrecy'

(Newser) - There's a new team of experts patrolling the skies for UFOs. The Pentagon on Tuesday announced the creation of a new body to investigate unidentified flying objects, now labeled "unidentified aerial phenomena," after a federal government report published in June failed to explain 143 of 144 sightings...

UFO Report Is In: Government Can't Explain What's Out There

Pentagon will step up its data collection on sightings

(Newser) - The federal government released its anticipated report on UFOs on Friday, confirming that more than 100 of them remain unidentified. After reviewing reports of sightings since 2004, the government can't say whether they can be explained by atmospheric visual tricks or extraterrestrial life, or neither, the Washington Post reports....

Government Deflection May Have Added to UFO Fever

Pentagon sometimes hid secret programs behind public reports of sightings

(Newser) - At the height of the Cold War, the Pentagon and CIA were more than happy to let the public think unusual sights in the sky were caused by natural phenomena, not by secret aircraft they were developing. The possibility of aliens landing in the desert West also worked, the New ...

Sources Share What They Know About Coming UFO Report

It reportedly reaches few firm conclusions about mysterious objects

(Newser) - A government report on UFOs says officials have found no evidence of visitors from outer space, though most of the mysterious flying objects seen by Navy pilots remain unidentified, insiders say. Sources tell the New York Times that the classified report reaches few firm conclusions, but states that investigators have...

Harry Reid's Secret UFO Jaunts Were Just the Start

Politico unpacks how ex-senator, Blink-182 founder brought a taboo topic into mainstream DC politics

(Newser) - A government analysis on UFOs is due out next month from US intel agencies and the Defense Department, the first time in more than a half-century that the executive branch will release a public accounting of the once-taboo topic—and much of the thanks for that can be traced back...

Declassified Pentagon UFO Report Is Due Next Month
Pentagon Is Preparing
Declassified UFO Report
THE RUNDOWN

Pentagon Is Preparing Declassified UFO Report

COVID relief bill contained June deadline

(Newser) - UFOs are definitely real, according to numerous military pilots who have seen flying objects they couldn't identify—and as a strange side effect of the COVID crisis, we may soon learn more about how much the military knows. The Trump administration's $2.3 trillion COVID relief bill in...

Reported UFO Sightings Jump During Pandemic

Anticipation of government revelations could be a reason

(Newser) - "With the COVID thing, more people are looking up," said Chris DePerno, a retired police detective. And what they're seeing more often are UFOs. Reported sightings rose nationally last year to more than 7,200, up 1,000 from 2019. In New York state, where DePerno works...

Pentagon's UFO Team to Make Some Findings Public

The main goal is to see if rival nations are using advanced aircraft

(Newser) - The Pentagon caused a fuss earlier this year when it declassified videos of UFOs. Alas, an unidentified flying object is just that—something pilots couldn't identify, and not necessarily an alien spaceship. But there's been a rising call for more transparency on the subject, including from such heavyweights...

Pentagon Releases Videos of UFOs
Pentagon Releases
Videos of UFOs

Pentagon Releases Videos of UFOs

Objects in widely-seen footage from 2004, 2015 remain unidentified

(Newser) - The Pentagon has formally released three videos of UFOs taken by Navy pilots which circulated for years following "unauthorized releases." The footage "does not impinge on any subsequent investigations of military air space incursions by unidentified aerial phenomena" and was therefore released "in order to clear...

'Mystery Men' Took Our UFO Data: Navy Veterans

5 veterans tell their version of a UFO sighting

(Newser) - The Navy already admits to seeing "unidentified aerial phenomena." Now five Navy veterans are adding to the story with details about longer video footage and two mysterious visitors, Fox News reports. In a private group chat with Popular Mechanics , the veterans tell their version of what happened on...

Dozens Show Up at Area 51 Gate
Dozens Show Up 
at Area 51 Gate

Dozens Show Up at Area 51 Gate

No mass storming takes place, but one person is arrested for urinating near the gate

(Newser) - About 75 people arrived early Friday at a gate at the once-secret Area 51 military base in Nevada—at the time appointed by an internet hoaxster to "storm" the facility to see space aliens—and one person was arrested, authorities said. The "Storm Area 51" invitation spawned festivals...

US Navy Confirms UFO Videos
US Navy Confirms UFO Videos

US Navy Confirms UFO Videos

But the Navy doesn't like saying 'UFOs'

(Newser) - The Navy isn't hiding it: Those purported UFO videos seen in recent years really do show unidentified flying objects, the Washington Post reports. "The Navy designates the objects contained in these videos as unidentified aerial phenomena," Navy spokesman Joseph Gradisher told the Black Vault blog last week...

3 Senators Just Got Briefed on UFOs
3 Senators Just
Got Briefed on UFOs

3 Senators Just Got Briefed on UFOs

The classified Pentagon briefing happened Wednesday

(Newser) - The list of lawmakers who have received briefings on Navy encounters with UFOs has gotten a bit longer. The vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Mark Warner, was among three senators to receive a classified Pentagon briefing on the issue Wednesday, reports Politico , which cites "a growing number...

OK, UFOs Exist. Now We Need to Start Considering Aliens

Daniel W. Drezner argues our view may still be too limited

(Newser) - A decade ago, two scientists published a paper on "the authoritative taboo on taking UFOs seriously." Essentially, Alexander Wendt and Raymond Duvall put the issue down to a failure to accept a scenario—say, that aliens are visiting us on the regular—that would injure our anthropocentric view....

Near-Constant UFO Sightings Force New Navy Procedure

From now on, pilots will be able to submit UFO data

(Newser) - Angry pilots have prompted the US Navy to draft new guidelines about UFO sightings—but it seems that information will be kept from the public, Newsweek reports. "There have been a number of reports of unauthorized and/or unidentified aircraft entering various military-controlled ranges and designated air spaces in recent...

Pilots Spot UFOs Over Ireland: 'It Was Moving So Fast'

Irish Aviation Authority investigating bright lights seen Friday

(Newser) - The Irish Aviation Authority is investigating after multiple pilots spotted UFOs traveling faster than the speed of sound over Ireland on Friday. Shortly before 7am local time, a British Airways pilot contacted air traffic controllers at Shannon Airport on Ireland's west coast to ask about possible military exercises, per...

He Passed a Polygraph With Alien Tale. Now He's Sharing It
45 Years After Alleged Alien
Abduction, He's Speaking Out
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45 Years After Alleged Alien Abduction, He's Speaking Out

Calvin Parker passed a polygraph about the incident he says happened in 1973

(Newser) - Calvin Parker was looking for fish. He says he instead found aliens—or, rather, aliens found him. The date was Oct. 11, 1973, but Parker has hardly mentioned it in the 45 years since he and 42-year-old Charles Hickson saw a blinding light over Mississippi's Pascagoula River. Hickson, who...

Town Wants UFO Memorial Moved; Witness Says No Way

Thom Reed is willing to pick a fight

(Newser) - A memorial in a remote corner of Massachusetts that marks a 1969 UFO sighting has been ordered moved, but one man who experienced a close encounter is objecting, the AP reports. The 5,000-pound memorial in Sheffield was installed in 2015, but was moved about 30 feet a few weeks...

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