UFOs exist – that much we should all be willing to concede.

But let’s quickly clarify that UFOs are very likely not aliens from outer space.  They are simply objects that are flying and whose identification has eluded us for the time being.  Simply put, they are, as the name implies, unidentified flying objects.

If, one day, extraterrestrial intelligence were ever to be discovered (especially here on Earth), then it would require extraordinary and reliable evidence.  After all, one could argue that this would be the greatest discovery for humanity to finally answer the question… are we alone?

So, blurry pictures, shaky videos, and spooky anecdotes aside, here are 20 things to consider before coming to the conclusion that what you’re seeing or hearing about is actually a UFO piloted by an alien from outer space…

 

Lightning Sprites

Sprites are large electrical discharges that occur above thunderstorm clouds.  They can be in various shapes and are sometimes even preceded by a sprite halo, which is pancake-shaped (a-la-UFO).  Sprites are visible from the ground but have also been reported by pilots and seen from space.

Electrical Sprite
An electrical sprite.

Missile Tests 

Remember the viral video about the UFO spiral in Norway?  The military is constantly testing new technology, and sometimes we’re fortunate enough to witness their failures.  In this particular case, it was the Russian’s testing their Bulova missile.  When its rocket motor spun out of control, it created the spiral of white light near where the missile was launched from a submarine in the White Sea.

Missile test
Missile spiraling out of control…

(Source:  http://www.space.com/7656-bizarre-sky-spiral-caused-failed-missile.html)




 

Cloud Formations   

Hole punch clouds (also known as fallstreak holes) are a rare type of spectacular cloud formation which looks like a hole was literally punched through the clouds.   They are formed when the water temperature in the clouds is below freezing but the water has not actually frozen yet.  When the conditions are right and ice crystals form (perhaps as a result of a jet flying through) it sets off a domino effect causing the water droplets around the crystals to evaporate.  This leaves a large (often circular or elliptical) hole in the clouds which can give the illusion of a UFO.  Another cloud type – lenticular clouds – are also commonly mistaken for flying saucers.

Halo/Hole Punch cloud
Lenticular clouds that look like UFOs

(Source:  http://www.meteorologynews.com/2009/10/12/hole-punch-cloud-not-ufo-spotted-over-moscow/)

 

Weather Balloons

Weather balloons come in all shapes and sizes, and depending on the viewer’s vantage point, they can easily be misidentified as a UFO.  Even at night, they can be lit up by the sun on the day-side of the Earth, making the illusion of a UFO all the more convincing.

chinese lantern
A weather balloon…

 

A weather balloon at night...
A weather balloon at night…

 

How weather balloons are lit up at night...
How weather balloons are lit up at night…

 

Venus (or Other Planets)

The planet Venus is very often mistaken for an airplane, satellite, or UFO.  It’s the second brightest object in the sky – only the moon is brighter – and sometimes is reported by people driving in cars that it’s a fast moving object, hovering 500 ft or so above the horizon.   Because Venus is close to the Sun, it never ventures far from the horizon – exactly where you’d expect to see a landing airplane… or apparently, a flying saucer.

Bonus fact:  Venus is so bright that it can even be seen during daylight – this is known as a daylight disc.  Because this is a rare and quite an unusual sight, it’s often reported as a UFO. 

Venus, seen at night.
Venus, seen at night.
Venus, seen in the day.
Venus, seen in the day.

(Source:  http://home.comcast.net/~tprinty/UFO/Venusufo.htm  Images via Tim Printy.)

 

Illumination Flares  

Illumination flares dropped from planes can give the illusion of multiple bright objects moving in the sky in “formation”.  Perhaps one of the most famous examples occurred on March 13th, 1997, when, starting at around 10PM, hundreds of not thousands of people in the Phoenix area witnessed a row of brilliant lights hovering in the sky, and then slowly falling.  As explained in the Wikipedia article on the Phoenix Lights:

The U.S. Air Force explained the second event as slow-falling, long-burning LUU-2B/B illumination flares dropped by a flight of four A-10 Warthog aircraft on a training exercise at the Barry Goldwater Range at Luke Air Force Base. According to this explanation, the flares would have been visible in Phoenix and appeared to hover due to rising heat from the burning flares creating a “balloon” effect on their parachutes, which slowed the descent. The lights then appeared to wink out as they fell behind the Sierra Estrella, a mountain range to the southwest of Phoenix.

A Maryland Air National Guard pilot, Lt. Col. Ed Jones, responding to a March 2007 media query, confirmed that he had flown one of the aircraft in the formation that dropped flares on the night in question. The squadron to which he belonged was in fact at Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona on a training exercise at the time and flew training sorties to the Barry Goldwater Range on the night in question, according to the Maryland Air National Guard. A history of the Maryland Air National Guard published in 2000 asserted that the squadron, the 104th Fighter Squadron, was responsible for the incident. The first reports that members of the Maryland Air National Guard were responsible for the incident were published in The Arizona Republic newspaper in July 1997.

Flares over Phoenix, dropped by a plane.

(Source:  http://badufos.blogspot.ca/2014/01/arizonas-amazing-telepathic-flying.html)

 

Lanterns or other Light Decorations  

With the increased popularity of light decorations like Chinese lanterns, it’s no coincidence that UFO reports have also increased.  And there’s good reason – from a distance, Chinese lanterns look very strange – hovering brilliantly in the sky, slowly moving.  When there’s a group of lanterns at once, they tend to move in unison due to the wind giving the appearance of multiple flying objects in the sky.

chinese lantern looks like ufo
Chinese lantern that looks like a UFO.
Multiple Chinese lanterns.

(Source:  http://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread541079/pg1)

 

Airplanes, Helicopters, Drones, Satellites, or the ISS

If an airplane is flying directly at you at night, its lights will appear very bright and may fluctuate in size.  At the same time, because its going towards you (rather than horizontally) it will look like it’s hovering in place.  Helicopters and drones can produce a similar effect (in fact, pranksters have attached very bright LEDs to quadrocopters to make it look like a UFO).

Satellites and the ISS can also move across the sky in an eerie fashion, and can appear especially bright depending on atmospheric conditions and their position relative to the Sun.

Plane landing with its lights aimed right at you...
Plane landing with its lights aimed right at you…

 

Military Experiments or Aircraft

The late 1940s and early 1950s were a great time for spotting UFOs and aliens in New Mexico, primarily because that’s where the Air Force was conducting some of its top-secret research. One such program was known as Project Mogul and involved floating microphone-carrying balloons to high altitudes in an attempt to pick up the sound waves generated by Soviet atomic bomb tests. The Air Force has since confirmed that a 1947 crash of one of those balloons created the debris that birthed the Roswell UFO Incident (more on that below).

On another occasion, residents of County Cowley, Kansas, thought a UFO had been captured and was being transported through town.  Much to the dismay of ufologists,  a spokesperson for Northrop Grumman (an aircraft manufacturer) revealed that the object was a covered wingless version of its X-47B craft being transported from California’s Edwards Air Force Base to Patuxent River, Maryland.  It was further explained that they shrink-wrapped the rest of the fuselage after taking the wings off the drone for the cross-country road trip.

A UFO on a truck!?
A UFO on a truck!?

 

Nope, just an X47b aircraft drone.
Nope, just an X47b aircraft drone.

(Source:  http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2077276/Close-encounter-Town-baffled-flying-saucer-towed-street.html)

 

A Hoax or Prank

The Russian Dead Alien, the Haiti UFO video, the Jerusalem UFO… all hoaxes or pranks.  If there’s fame to be had, then there’s someone out there trying to gain it.

jerusalem ufo hoax
The Jerusalem UFO

ufo spotted on sta clarita hoax

 

Crop Circles Are Just Made By Humans

Despite countless admissions from pranksters, people continue to believe that crop circles are a message from aliens.  However, conspiracy theorists argue that “that’s what they’d like us to believe“…

Crop circle...
Crop circle…

(Source:  http://www.cracked.com/article/157_5-myths-that-people-dont-realize-are-admitted-hoaxes_p2/)

The Face on Mars Is An Illusion

Was the discovery of a face on Mars an example of alien architecture?  No, but it’s a great example of pareidolia.

This phenomenon – detecting something clear and distinct from an apparently obscure stimulus – is called “pareidolia“. Carl Sagan hypothesized that, as a survival technique, human beings are “hard-wired” from birth to identify the human face. This allows people to use only minimal details to recognize faces from a distance and in poor visibility but can also lead them to interpret random images or patterns of light and shade as being faces.  If you look at modern high resolution images of the Face on Mars, it’s clearly just the shape of the natural landscape.

The "face" on Mars...
The “face” on Mars…

 

The Roswell Incident and Alien Autopsy Was a Hoax

In 1995, a grainy, black-and-white film surfaced that had supposedly been shot by the military shortly after the Roswell incident in 1947 (which we previously discussed was the crash from Project Mogul).  The video shows a post-mortem dissection of an alien body, and was touted as evidence of what some UFO buffs had claimed all along: that alien bodies had been recovered from the Roswell crash site by the U.S. government.

Soon after the alien autopsy footage was broadcast on Fox television, serious doubts were raised about its authenticity. Skeptics (and even many UFO researchers) branded the film a hoax, pointing out anachronisms and inconsistencies in the film. In 2006, the special effects artist who created the alien body shown in the video confessed that it was in fact an elaborate hoax. 

Roswell alien autopsy...
Roswell alien autopsy…

(Source:  http://www.space.com/9704-ten-alien-encounters-debunked.html)

 

The Term “Flying Saucer” is the Result of Poor Reporting  

The familiar term “flying saucer” is actually the result of a reporter’s error. After interviewing Kenneth Arnold about his sighting, a reporter from the Eastern Oregonian newspaper reported that Arnold saw round, aerial objects (in fact he said they were “crescent shaped”). Arnold said that the objects “flew erratic, like a saucer if you skip it across the water”—not that what he saw resembled an actual saucer.

Yet that “saucer” interpretation stuck, prompting many eyewitnesses to repeat (and hoaxers to duplicate) Arnold’s nonexistent description. This strongly shows the role of suggestion in UFO sightings; as skeptic Marty Kottmeyer asks, “Why would extraterrestrials redesign their craft to conform to [the reporter’s] mistake?”  Also, one should ask, “Where were all the UFO sightings before the article was publicized by mass media?”

(Source:  http://www.skepdic.com/saucers.html)

 

Alien Abductions Are a Product of Our Culture

In The Demon-Haunted World, astronomer Carl Sagan points out that the alien abduction experience is remarkably similar to tales of demon abduction common throughout history.

“There is no spaceship in these stories. But most of the central elements of the alien abduction account are present, including sexually obsessive non-humans who live in the sky, walk through walls, communicate telepathically, and perform breeding experiments on the human species. Unless we believe that demons really exist, how can we understand so strange a belief system, embraced by the whole Western world (including those considered the wisest among us), reinforced by personal experience in every generation, and taught by Church and State? Is there any real alternative besides a shared delusion based on common brain wiring and chemistry?”

alien abduction
Alien abduction?

 (Source:  The Demon Haunted World, by Carl Sagan)

 

Alien Implants Aren’t From Aliens

It is claimed that aliens have implanted various objects in human abductees. Victims claim to have found small objects in their bodies and come to the conclusion they must have been abducted.  Some alien implants have even been recovered, and when they are tested, they are found to be indestructible or of materials not found on Earth.  Really?

Using the magic of science, we can test this.

Joe Nickell, a columnist for Skeptical Inquirer magazine, noted that, “Since 1994, alleged implants have been surgically recovered but they’ve become remarkably diverse: one looks like a shard of glass, another a triangular piece of metal, still another a carbon fiber, and so on. None was located in the brain or nasal cavity, instead being recovered from such extremities as toe, hand, shin, external ear, etc.; some were accompanied by scars while others were not. As physicians know, a foreign object can enter the body unnoticed, as during a fall, or while running barefoot in sand or grass—even as a splinter from a larger impacting object.” People find all sorts of weird things in their bodies, but so far none are of alien origin.

(Source:  http://www.space.com/9704-ten-alien-encounters-debunked.html)

 

SETI is Actively Looking For UFOs

UFOs are usually observed by untrained people and almost never by professional or amateur astronomers who spend their lives staring up at the skies looking for extraterrestrial life.   They’re never captured in picture or video with high end optical equipment that can be properly analyzed in greater detail.  Isn’t that a bit odd?  Don’t you think that since SETI (whose sole mission is to find extraterrestrial life) would have found something, anything – anything! – that could confirm at least one of the many alleged UFO videos or pictures out there?

Also, one would think that with the increased availability of smart phones to take video and photos, you’d see many more high quality videos and photos of UFOs, but in fact, the videos are just as lousy – they’re  out-of-focus and just as shaky.

seti

 

The Drake Equation   

The Drake Equation, developed by Frank Drake in 1961, is a tool to estimate the odds of finding intelligent life in the universe. The estimates for the variables are rife with debate, but as technology improves, the estimates for each of the variables become more accurate.

Plug in some numbers and try it out for yourself – the odds are still exceptionally low that intelligent alien life is even out there, let alone hovering in our backyard.




 

Just because “we don’t know” doesn’t make it a UFO

Now, since the majority of UFOs can be explained, what about the ones that can’t?  One must be careful to not fall into the trap of “just because we can’t explain it, therefore, aliens”.

Sure, there are some cases of UFOs that are legitimately unidentifiable – that is, we still don’t know what they are.  But the fact that some pilots or scientists claim that cannot think of an explanation is not proof that they have observed an extraterrestrial spacecraft.  It simply means they don’t know what they saw.

It seems reasonable to believe that the main reason we can’t explain some UFO sightings is because we simply do not have enough evidence.  If we had more evidence, these sightings could very likely be explained by conventional means.

I don't know... therefore, aliens!
I don’t know… therefore, aliens!

 

But you can’t prove what I saw was NOT a UFO!

Another common tactic of UFOlogists is to claim that the skeptic cannot prove that what was seen was not an alien craft. One is supposed to infer from this fact that the perception probably was of an alien craft. This kind of reasoning is known as the argumentum ad ignorantiam. A claim does not become true or reasonable if a contrary claim cannot be proved to be true. With arguments for UFOs there are two distinct moves here.

One is to claim that no logical explanation is possible because some scientist, pilot, Air Force Colonel, or Ph.D. cannot think of one.  This logical fallacy is known as the “Argument from Authority”.  If an authority says “it’s gotta be a UFO, then it’s gotta be a UFO”.  Not true.

The other is to point to the lack of contrary evidence: no counter-testimony of other eyewitnesses, no proof that there were not aliens or alien spacecraft. Here, too, there is a logical fallacy. The fact that someone can’t come up with an explanation for something is irrelevant to deciding whether the correct explanation should be couched in terms of aliens from outer space.

The choice is not either (A) we know this explanation is correct or (B) we must conclude that aliens have visited us.

(Source:  (http://www.skepdic.com/ufos_ets.html)

 

The Bottom Line

Of the many paranormal ideas/mysteries/legends out there, UFOs and “intelligent aliens” are at least somewhat plausible – though unfortunately I think there is an reasonably high probability that the human race will never encounter intelligent beings from outer space.  But one can hope that one day, extraordinary evidence will presented and we will celebrate the proof that we are not alone in this universe…

I want to believe... and I will only believe once extraordinary evidence is presented to me...
I want to believe… and I will only believe once extraordinary evidence is presented to me…
  • John

    This is honestly one of the most dumb things. Skeptical about aliens??? If you think we are the only life form in the entire universe you clearly are dumb. There is no possible chance we are the only life in this universe consisting of thousands of glaxies, hundreds of thousands solar systems, and millions of planets? Child please you must be the most oblivious person on THIS planet.

    • bob

      you are right!

    • Jools

      If UFO’s don’t exist people why is it then that all information concerning this topic to governments classied : / ??? If anything does become public , it’s blacked out in part , governor of Arizona concerning the Phoenix lights at 1st said narr nothing only out of office clarify what he saw ??? Betty & Barney hill case ??? Turkey UFO footage , Stanton Friedman takes on UFO’s , many many other eye witness accounts some from military top brass world wide … Think about it just a moment .. Oh and fact we only have photo’s of the moon facing the earth , what about the other side .. Reason mankind is in no rush 2 head bck there in a manned mission , tell me reason why 2 this.. Then i

  • …Uh

    Only took ten years for a completely ‘reliable’ source to explain the Phoenix lights, considering at the time, no military or government officials could explain their presence. Similar to the ‘Battle of LA,’ a case in which our government fired at a ‘UFO’ for several hours, unsuccessfully before later deciding it was a weather balloon. Seems legit.

    Also, unless I’m mistaken, SETI is no longer searching for life outside of our own planet. The Very Large Array is no longer used for this purpose, and SETI’s other facilities have lost funding. More importantly, the VLA is not a series of telescopes, it is a series of satellite dishes, that visually attempt(ed) to communicate with EBEs. (Extra Terrestrial Biological Entities. Actual alien life forms.) in distant space. It has never attempted to visually identify UFOs. As far as I am aware, there is no government-funded organization that actively attempts to visually locate any signs of extra terrestrial life in the universe. That entire paragraph and explanation of SETI was completely fabricated, and the author is sorely misinformed. And just to comment on that last bit about cell phones. I implore you to attempt to photograph a moving airplane with a cell phone, and see what quality the image is. I’m a photographer, I own $10k in photo equipment, and I’m not even equipped to capture pleasing photos of aircraft. The author simply knows nothing of photographic imaging or the magnification necessary to take that kind of photo, and even AT that kind of magnification, doing it without a proper tripod/shutter remote and attempting to have an image clear enough to even recognize is nigh impossible.

    Don’t even get me started on the baselessness of the ‘Drake Equation,’ or the vast assumptions that idea jumps to.

  • Erin Spencer

    What a crappy article, one-sided article 🙁

  • Afaku

    What a load of BS….oh yeah, nice illuminati pyramid eye symbol on your banner there 😉

  • BOB

    THIS IS A LOAD OF COMPLETELY UNTRUE INFORMATION! of course, U.F.O.’s don’t exist on earth, but they are out there in space! i mean.. seriously!?!?! if you think that aliens don’t exist, you are not very smart and should not write an article about how un-smart you are!

  • may

    this helped a lot with my assessment thank you

  • richard

    BACON

  • ravi

    well that helped me for my persuasive writing

  • ravi 2

    i need help-_-

  • Tyler Mrowinski

    ok, my beliefs are that god created us and created everything that will and has existed. God created life like us for an example, he could of made other life forms that are to far away from us that we will most likely not find. So probably in another planet are people that are thinking about us and we are thinking about them. so as i’m saying there is most likely more life out of our world, we possibly cant be the only life that ever existed, but if we found aliens on planets, they wouldn’t be considered aliens since it has been their home. It would be considered alien when they come to your home planet, so we are as much as aliens as aliens are to us. But i still believe in god has done everything.

  • Vaults of Whimsy

    I think it’s worth pointing out that none of these are reasons to be skeptical about “UFOs” which, by definition, are unidentified flying objects. The fact that “we don’t know” is precisely what makes the observation a “UFO” case.

    What this article *does*provide are reasons to be skeptical of the extraterrestrial explanation for them.

  • CG

    This helped a lot with my assingment

  • wiseoldfart

    The closest star is 4 light years away. I doubt that there is a planet with life more intelligent than human beings within 25 light years of us. If so, it would take a spacecraft over 25 years at near the speed of light to reach us and 25 years to send information home. it would also take over 25 years for that craft to return home.
    If we are being visited, it is likely by ships with robots aboard, not biological beings, due to the difficulties involved in transporting biological beings. Robots don’t need air, water, food, or heat to survive. They are much more suitable for such long journeys.

    • Jason H.

      You’re thinking in terms of the limitations of human knowledge and capabilities, which is very limited.

      That said, there’s all kinds of scientific theory that would explain how somebody could travel vast distances in space, using such things as wormholes, just to name one.

      • wiseoldfart

        Wormholes? Until we prove Einstein wrong, we’re better off siding with him. Being able to take advantage of quantum physics to bypass the speed of light to communicate instantly at vast differences is one thing. That may be possible. Being physically able to bypass the speed of light to travel great distances much more quickly is a whole different animal. That may remain a science fiction dream forever. For all we know, that speed-of-light barrier may have been intended by whatever force of nature is responsible for our slice of reality.

        • Jason H.

          You are aware wormholes are really called Einstein-Rosen bridges? Einstein was a supporter of their existence, so that would be siding with him. If Einstein can think of it, no reason to think some advanced race couldnt be ahead of the game.

          • James Bramlett

            Your totally correct…chew on this..we are an extremely new species to even our own planet in the grand scheme of things….what if another planet capable of harbouring life..(_which BTW could complety not fit our description of lifeforms as we know it)had say 1,000,000 more years of learning …technological advances etc….in 1985,the internet….micro processors ..cell phones and tablets were science fiction…think of what an intelligent race could accomplish if uninterrupted by an extinction event for a million more years than us….if that doesn’t blow ur mind ..I don’t know what will

        • James Bramlett

          Not true…our comprehension is incredibally limited…500 years ago we “KNEW” the world must be flat…think of space and time as a flat sheet of paper…make a dot on each end…now..if you were to scale the distance to unimaginable proportions …how could point A get to point B…. Now take that piece of paper and fold it in half…the dots now exist directly beside each other…can time and space be bent in such a manner? We have no clue how to…..but who are you to say this is an impossibility… Science’s absolute truths fall all the time to new discoveries….I’m not advocating that it is the truth..I have no idea..but why is it out of the realm of possibility? What is our purpose and existence? Why is there matter and energy period? As a species we are arrogrnt and placated by amusement and trivial things…the possibilities are limitless…but first one must believe the impossible to be possible ….simply the answers or keys to the door have thus far eluded our intelligence

  • Fetzy 11

    This is Interesting. Yet, I still don’t know whether Aliens exist or no. But Anyways, It isn’t something Impossible. Because if God Created Humans, And A Universe, He Might have also created Aliens or Some Type of Living creature. Who Knows?

  • SMD

    We have not been visited by extraterrestrial beings. I don’t believe in worm holes or warp drives. Space is vast. They would have to be immortal to get here. And no, they aren’t hiding under our noses here on Earth. Give me a break. Is there one shred of PROVABLE evidence that has ever been presented on books or those goofy UFO shows on television? The answer is no. But people like Bill Birnes are making small fortunes preying on the gullible. It’s big business people. $$$$$$$$
    Only fools buy into it.

    • Alex Guerrazzi

      Nice point. However if exists civilization so advanced to us they can build a thing to distorce the time and space and come here. I can’t exclude they exists although I am catholic. Space is relative thing; 100 km can reduce to 1 mm

  • Jason H.

    This article’s poorly written and researched. For instance, the Roswell incident is a hoax because a couple of videos were hoaxed? That’s their reasoning?? Weak.

  • Armen Ovchiyev

    I was born in Azerbaijan.( Former Soviet Union0.
    On the evening of 1984, I was 14 then, we saw a strange vertical line above one of the 5 story apartments few hundred meter in the sky. people were getting outside just curious of this phenomena. few minutes later vertical line moved into a horizontal. position. People started to get nervous and excited at the same time.
    minutes later we realized that this was a solid object as it was turning and we saw metallic glare . however kept slowly turning and we saw lights coming out of it . It looked bizarre as back in a day we have not been exposed to anything like that even in the media. In fact it was not advised to speak of uFos publically either.
    hundreds of people started screaming . Kids were crying. Me, I was just in awe and could not believe what I just saw. It was like latest Hollywood movie only in real life.
    I wish I have never seen this. object disappeared in 5 seconds.
    It is very unfortunate that other beings exist as this complicates things for us. considering that they have mastered gravity and ignore law of physics, this presence becomes a problem and will change us forever if they decide to openly show themselves.
    I hope I will never see this in my lifetime. There are those that wish we were contacted. Beware of what you wish for.
    Ive heard stories of Battle at Kursk of 1943 when German tanks caught on fire , cut in half. soldiers from both sides in awe of flying objects causing Germans to loose. This may sound crazy but may well be truth, considering letters from soldiers and officers from both sides as witnesses. Ufo anomalies reported where catastrophic events to occur. Not sure if they are watching over us or protecting their own interests.
    NOtion of them creating us , giving us technology, religion , languages does not sound too farfetched. If they ever show their faces or their ships and want to contact us , this will cause a mass panic and we may have to learn how to live and how to think all over again. I am pretty sure some of them are here among us. hiding. Other may have contacts with some officials. well Military and politicians are on the different intellectual plane so they may be able to absorb this reality as they have no choice. However, regular folk may not be ready for centuries for such contact. I am not… that’s for sure. I wish I have never seen what I saw. I should have stayed home and watch that stupid Russian movie .

  • Armen Ovchiyev

    One more addition to my story. Metallic object was huge. that is why it had such a profound effect on everyone watching. It was in our faces and we could not simply say that it was some light show in the sky far away.

  • Logan Hanssler

    I’m sorry, this is ridiculous. Roswell couldn’t’ve been a hoax. There was military footage. And all your explanations are basically just for the sightings. I understand that most of them have been fake but everyone in my family has seen a UFO of some kind. The crop circles? Who would go through that much effort for no reason? And the abductions? I admit, some of them are fake but you have to admit at least 25% are real. Skeptics are just people too scared by reality to believe what’s actually happening.

  • Jila

    Use your logic and think of the shapes of socalled ‘ufo’s’ through time.
    The
    first sketchy pictures of a UFO, were actually looking like an upside
    down coffee cup. Why ? Because people could imagine that form.
    In 1950 they could not imagine the form of USS Voyager from Star Trek, hence, they see or make a form they can imagine.
    Look
    up a series of ufo pictures in chronical order from 1950 to current day
    and voila, you will see ever increasingly complex forms due to people’s
    imagination.

    If you don’t think that is proof, have a look at
    Star Trek the original series and tell me with a straight face ‘this is
    exactly what I imagine future technology to look like’

    If you do, ehm really ? even my cd player looked better in 1995 then an ‘astronomic sensor panel’ onboard Kirk’s ship.
    This is because of the same reason as the ufo pictures over the years.
    Our perception of technology changes and so also does our view of science fiction.

    • Jila

      Btw, the writer of the article does not say he thinks we are the only life in the entire universe, he says extra terrestrial life is not seen by anyone on earth.
      And I happen to agree with that assesment.

      Same to religion 🙂
      I am an agnost, I do not know if God exists and neither do you. None of us has seen him and if you claim otherwise, I will call you a liar.

  • jaima

    Narrow minded people with narrow minded views
    UFO`s have been written about before the wright bros first flight
    I know what I saw and we do not have the technology to create
    such a craft, diamond in shape but a lot longer at the rear considering
    the flight path it had rectangle coloured lights along the full length of the
    undercarriage blue, green, white, orange, red and purple
    it was about 50-60 yards in length, about 80 feet in air and not a whisper
    of sound coming from it, it actually looked like it was gliding effortlessly.
    I was a sceptic until that clear moonlit summer night but I know what I saw
    and I dont do drugs and am tea-total
    I challenge any sceptic to go into their backyard on a clear night look at
    sky for at least 30 mins, sit back on your char and just look at the sky
    I guarantee you will see things/light like moving across the skies at a high
    altitude about the size of a star but they are not planes as they do not have
    flashing lights which identify planes and helicopters
    Try a few times and report anything or nothing on here

    • Michael Carter

      Many of those things you see moving across the sky are probably satellites. I see them all the time through my telescope. I accept your general point though.

  • Michael Carter

    Yet another “skeptical” article on UFOs that ignores the most credible cases in favour of the most easily dismissable. What about Japan Airlines Flight 1628? The Iranian air force encounter of 1976? Trumbull County? The Belgian triangles? Yes, these incidents also have skeptical explanations, but even so, they are far harder to dismiss.