The most recent UFO survey of Americans found that about 42 million of us have seen something in the sky that we couldn't identify. UFO researchers generally believe that about 90 percent of sightings can be attributed to natural causes such as meteorites, planets, birds, aircraft, satellites, or the moon shining through clouds. However, the remaining 10 percent of reports cannot be so easily explained away. The most intriguing reports often include close-encounter events (within 500 feet) with multiple witnesses who often are highly respected members of the community, such as police officers and pilots.
By UFOs I mean "flying saucers" or alien crafts.
The modern wave of UFO sightings and reports began with the July 1947 Roswell, N.M., event. More than 60 years later the phenomenon is alive and well with at least 100 sightings per day around the world. An O'Hare Airport sighting in November 2006 was also given wide press coverage after a story by Jon Hilkevitch was published in the Chicago Tribune. A disc was seen in broad daylight hovering over gate C-17, just below the 1,900-foot cloud ceiling. After some moments the saucer left, leaving a doughnut hole in the clouds for several moments and allowing airport personnel to see the blue sky through the hole that had been created.
The most recent series of UFO events took place in Stephenville, Texas, between December and March. Some of the activity was not far from President Bush's ranch in Crawford, Texas. The most dramatic sighting occurred on Jan. 9. A huge craft, some estimates put it at a mile long and a half mile wide, was reported by dozens of witnesses. The Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) has recently obtained radar readings via the FOIA that show something strange and unexplained was seen on that night in the skies over Texas and that a craft traveled at 1,900 mph without breaking the sound barrier.
Let's not forget a couple of the most well-known UFO cases of all time, one that occurred right in our own backyard, and which remains a true classic UFO event. In 1966 cases in the Dexter and Hillsdale areas created quite a ruckus and news of these sightings was reported in every major newspaper in the country. The Air Force sent its "front man" for UFO investigations (Project Blue Book), Dr. Allen Hynek, to investigate.
Hynek carried out an investigation and a press conference was held in Detroit. He admitted he didn't know for sure what people had seen in Dexter and Hillsdale but that swamp gas was a possible culprit. This, unfortunately, was what the press picked up on. Hynek became the laughingstock of the nation for a time as the press and citizens just didn't buy that explanation. The Air Force finally got out of the UFO business (publicly anyway) and Project Blue Book was terminated in 1969. The business of publicly investigating UFO cases today is undertaken by individuals and groups such as MUFON.
Hynek eventually became one of the few scientists of the day who saw the need to take the UFO topic seriously and that it needed further study. He eventually came to believe that some UFOs were interplanetary crafts. In 1973, after leaving government work, Hynek founded the Center for UFO Studies (CUFOS). I call Hynek the "grandfather of ufology" and it was an honor for me to work with him as an investigator for a time. Hynek died in 1986.
Many scientists agree that the chances for life existing someplace else in the universe are a slam dunk.
There's a nearby galaxy that's a billion years older than our home, the Milky Way. And if life somewhere else was just a bit more evolved than us, they easily could be thousands of years ahead of us technologically.
Having had a recent online discussion with several skeptics/debunkers, I noted two arguments they continually pointed to. First, they argued, the distances are simply too far and it would take too long for trips between star systems. Second, they seemed to think that UFO sightings are nothing but faraway, hazy lights in the sky. Both arguments demonstrate a lack of knowledge about the phenomena, and narrow thinking.
Some scientists believe that space itself can be bent, warped, or folded and that "worm holes" may allow for shorter space travel times. Time slows as one approaches light speed.
Many UFO reports are not just "hazy lights" in the sky. Some sightings are daylight events. Skeptics/debunkers overlook the landing trace cases on record which show remarkable evidence that a physical object was present. Former NASA astronaut and moonwalker Dr. Edgar Mitchell has just recently claimed that aliens exist and are visiting Earth.
And what of our own military and the UFO phenomenon? Richard Dolan's exhaustive work, "UFOs and the National Security State: Chronology of a Cover-up 1941-1973," is a true eye-opener regarding UFO activity that our military has encountered.There is not sufficient space herein to answer the $64 question, "why is the government hiding the truth?" Since 1947 there has been a government policy to debunk, make fun of, and discredit people who have had a UFO encounter. However, there appears to be some movement in bringing to light what many of us know to be true: We are not alone in the universe and we are being visited now. Keep your eyes on the sky.