Why are we seeing all these UFOs?

The Fantasy UFO sightings have a strange and specific place at the intersection of real life and science fiction. Whatever explains them, sightings of unidentified flying objects are inarguably real and surprisingly common. According to recent Gallup polls, 41% of Americans believe that “some UFOs have been alien spacecraft visiting Earth from other planets or galaxies,” and 16% say they have personally witnessed an unidentified flying object.  In science fiction, the UFO sighting is usually a prelude to further significant developments. There’s the First Contact story (as in the excellent 2016 movie Arrival), the UFO Abduction story (Close Encounters of the Third Kind), and of course the inevitable Alien Invasion story (Independence Day, The War of the Worlds, and many more). Such narratives leave little room for ambiguity about the UFOs’ true nature. They’re aliens, and they’re here. When considering UFO sightings as a matter of actual public record, however, things get a bit blurrier. Most sightings can be easily explained away — weather balloon, atmospheric event, pareidolia (seeing a meaningful image in a random pattern). These events go way back. Depending on how you define it, the first bona-fide UFO sighting could have been in Washington state in 1947,…

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Why are we seeing all these UFOs?

Updated: May 11, 2022 — 10:26 am