Amy’s Everyday Astronomy: UFOs and Project New Book

Now, I’ve never been one to claim that we are alone in the universe. Nor am I one to say that aliens regularly visit us, incognito, to kidnap and probe.

And while I watch the night sky a LOT, I can also not say that I haven’t seen my fair share of strange things moving in strange ways, but I am not one to jump the extraterrestrial gun, either.

Most of the time, the things we see in the night sky can be explained. That fireball was more likely a meteor falling to Earth, burning up in the atmosphere than an alien craft shooting its ray beam at the unwitting citizens of our planet. And the similarities between the stealth bomber and rectangular UFOs are undeniable.

Still, though, over the decades, the military has had several different projects dedicated to UFO investigations; Project Blue Book being the most well-known. But as with all things, over time, they fall by the wayside. However, in a recent CNN article, UFO reporting might become easier for pilots.

In the past, it’s been known that pilots felt a certain…unease about reporting strange flying phenomenon due to the possibility of ridicule. But that seems about to change as the Navy and USAF are working on a form to make reporting these sightings much easier, with the promise of full investigations to follow any and all reports that come in from pilots.

Their reasoning? Any incursion into US airspace, particularly military airspace, can be a cause for security and safety concerns. And in recent years, the amount of reports coming in of unauthorized or unidentified aircraft has been on the rise.

The last effort made by the Pentagon for these types of investigations ended in 2012.

But according to Luis Elizondo, a former Pentagon official who left out of protest because of the program’s end, there was evidence that stopped him from ruling out the possibility that alien aircraft visited Earth.

In fact, Elizondo told CNN’s Erin Burnett in 2017 “that there is very compelling evidence that we may not be alone.”

With the new standardized policy for reporting these incidents in the works, the Regular Joes can relax, knowing our own military is back on the job of UFO investigations.

What are your thoughts? Have you ever seen a UFO?


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