UFO (Unidentified Flying Object)

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An Unidentified Foreign Object is an object observed in the sky that is not readily identified. They are mostly identified later as conventional objects or phenomena. The term UFO is most commonly associated with claims of alien life or spacecraft sightings.

After sightings of these unidentified objects became frequent, the U.S. Airforce coined the term UFO (or UFOB) to serve as a catch-all for all such reports. At first, the term meant any airborne object which by performance, aerodynamic characteristics, or unusual features, does not conform to any presently known aircraft or missile type, or which cannot be positively identified as a familiar object. In the 1940s and ’50s, these sightings were popularly referred to as flying saucers/discs.UFOs garnered considerable interest during the Cold War, an era associated with a heightened concern for national security, and, more recently, in the 2010s, for unexplained reasons.

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Studies done in pursuit of these phenomena have proved that they don’t represent a threat to national security, nor do they contain anything worth being looked into scientifically. The first published book to use the word UFO was authored by Donald E. Keyhoe. The phrase “flying saucer” had gained widespread attention after the summer of 1947. On June 24, a civilian pilot named Kenneth Arnold reported seeing nine objects flying in formation near Mount Rainier. At the time, he claimed he described the objects flying in a saucer-like fashion, leading to newspaper accounts of “flying saucers” and “flying discs”.

UFO Disclosure

According to scientists, these UFO sightings are mostly misunderstood conventional objects or natural phenomena—most commonly aircraft, balloons, noctilucent clouds, nacreous clouds, or astronomical objects such as meteors or bright planets with a small percentage even being False Alarms. 5-20% of all sightings are not explained and thus are considered as unidentified. Those who believe in the idea of extraterrestrial beings propose that these unexplained reports are of alien spacecraft (the extraterrestrial hypothesis), whereas there is the null hypothesis that says that these reports are simply other more prosaic phenomena that cannot be identified due to lack of complete information or due to the necessary subjectivity of the reports.

Almost no scientific papers about UFOs have been published in journals. There was some debate in the scientific community arguing if that the phenomenon was worthy of the serious investigation except as a cultural artifact. The void left by the lack of institutional or scientific study has given rise to independent researchers and fringe groups. This study has been given the term “Ufology”. UFOs have become a prevalent theme in modern culture, and the social phenomena have been the subject of academic research in sociology and psychology.UFO Flying Saucer photo

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