Some scientists want serious research into UFOs. Here's why – Science News for Students

Come explore with us!  Some researchers argue there should be scientific investigations into “unidentified flying objects,” or UFOs (as imagined in this illustration). The official name for these mysterious sights is “unidentified aerial phenomena,” or UAP, because they aren’t necessarily objects. They could be odd signals in the atmosphere or some other earthly effect. David Wall/Moment/Getty ImagesBy Liz KruesiJuly 6, 2022 at 6:30 amThroughout history, people have spotted mysterious effects or objects in the sky. Some have claimed such “unidentified flying objects,” or UFOs, are alien spaceships. Others have shown that many UFOs have earthly explanations. Some could be aircraft, for example, or atmospheric phenomena. But not all of these mystery effects have been explained. That’s why the U.S. government takes them seriously. And some researchers think the scientific community should, too.Unexplained sights in the sky are officially known as “unidentified aerial phenomena,” or UAP. On May 17, the U.S. Congress held its first public hearing about UAP in decades. Two U.S. government intelligence officials described efforts to catalog and analyze sightings. Many UFOs have been spotted by military personnel such as pilots. And the U.S. government wants to know if such unexplained phenomena could pose a threat to national security.At the hearing,…

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Some scientists want serious research into UFOs. Here’s why – Science News for Students

Updated: July 23, 2022 — 10:26 pm