Why this astronomer says Pentagon UFO report was actually good for science

On June 25, 2021, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence released a much-anticipated report on UFOs (or UAPs) to Congress. The military has rebranded unidentified flying objects as unidentified aerial phenomena — UAPs — in part to avoid the stigma that has been attached to claims of aliens visiting the Earth since the Roswell incident in 1947. The report presents no convincing evidence that alien spacecraft have been spotted, but some of the data defy easy interpretation.I’m a professor of astronomy who has written extensively on the search for life in the Universe. I also teach a free online class on astrobiology. I do not believe that the new government report or any other sightings of UFOs in the past are proof of aliens visiting Earth. But the report is important because it opens the door for a serious look at UFOs. Specifically, it encourages the US government to collect better data on UFOs, and I think the release of the report increases the chances that scientists will try to interpret that data. Historically, UFOs have felt off-limits to mainstream science, but perhaps no more.What’s in the UFO report?The No. 1 thing the report focuses on is the…

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Why this astronomer says Pentagon UFO report was actually good for science

Updated: July 10, 2021 — 10:26 pm