When people see something odd in the sky, we in TV, often hear about it first. But many times what an observer thinks is a UFO, is actually be something else. In this blog I offer a cheat sheet based on my experiences in meteorology, of 11 things to consider before making a report and also some fun facts about our universe that could ... validate ... the existence of UFOs. You decide!
Whether a person calls their local TV station, the police or a friend, there's nothing better than a little acknowledgment of a weird experience!
Culture has taught us to think, "crazy person!" when the subject of 'unidentified aerial phenomena' or 'flying objects' is breached. Sure there are plenty of hoaxes and confused people out there, but with the occasional story like, "The Phoenix Lights", as recently told from our sister station in Arizona, you'll see why many highly respected people raise an eyebrow.
So are we alone? Probably, at least in the sense of being solitary locally to our planet. While your guess is as good as mine, cosmologists (who study the universe as a whole), astronomers (who can speak of features in the universe), astronomical biologists (people who study the potential for extraterrestrial life), nuclear and theoretical physicists (who use their knowledge of time, space and multi-verse dimensions to speculate) and some philosophers, will tell you the same thing: out of the 2 trillion galaxies in our universe, we are not alone.
The scale of our existence is immense. At light speed it would take 100 millennia just to cross our own galaxy -- and there are 2 trillion of these things. (That's 2,000-million!) Our calendar only goes back 2 millennia. That means over the span of the last 2,017 years, at light speed, we'd have only traveled about 2% across the Milky Way. Physicists today believe travel that fast is impossible due to various atomic forces which hold matter -- you and me -- physically together, so in reality, we'd have traveled far less than that. Considering the scale, to say we are the only example of life in this realm is probably an opinion born from not considering this bigger picture. (Some would more curtly say it's downright arrogant to think we're alone.)
But, even if life does exist, "out there", have they visited Earth? Because space is so expansive, many life forms would likely not remain alive long enough to exit their own galaxy, much less visit ours. Of course, intelligent life may exist within our own Milky Way, but even a relatively, "close" planetary system outside of our own could still take hundreds or thousands of years to get to at light speed.
Enter the world of theoretical physics who speculate that special propulsion systems could help cross those distances -- systems which may not simply travel from point A to point B, but instead, "skip" between the two places instantaneously, as if to cross a dimensional plain and cheat the physical limits of time and space. We are only just now beginning to understand quantum physics, which could hold the key. Considering just 120 years ago, the only way down the road was on horse and buggy, and today we can rocket off to Mars, imagine the technological achievements of species 100 years from now, or 1,000! Some say ET's may have doubled even that number in their technological advancement, easily achieving interstellar travel. Cool.
So let's say for a minute that they're real -- and they're here. It's important to know the difference between a Earth object and ... well ... something else. Here's 11 things to look out for.
- Airplanes with their landing lights on, approaching a nearby airport and/or lining up to the runway, doing a series of maneuvers are commonly mistaken for, "orbs" (alien craft believed to be energy-based, which can through dimensions.)
Typically sighting experiences happen too fast for an observer to reach for a good means to record it. Usually we only have our cell phones -- and that's a vast improvement from where we were just a decade ago when it was a luxury item to have a camera on your phone. But cell phone cams pose a problem because their wide angle lenses make for terrible UFO photography. In fact, out of the 80,000 or so cataloged UFO sightings taken by MUFON since 1969, there is not one piece of photographic evidence that absolutely proves their existence, much less from any mobile device. There's countless testimony and fuzzy, horribly unclear photos and shaky video. There's tons of computer renderings recreating what an experiencer saw, and then there's the outright fakes. There are claims (by very notable people) that, "the Government" took their solid evidence away (which I can't confirm or deny!) -- but there is zero scientifically admissible, undeniable evidence in existence today that the mainstream can hold in their hand and declare as, "reality." Perhaps the reason is because what most see fall within those 11 items I mentioned above, or perhaps we've all been groomed to think of anything related to ET's as taboo, and even if it was placed in our lap we'd assume it was fake.
If you can produce tangible evidence, you'll not only win the Nobel Prize, but probably unite humanity. In the mean time, hopefully my list can help you determine what you really saw!
Keep those reports coming! If you see anything, I'm all ears. I want to know just like you!-Brooks