We've long wondered whether there are extraterrestrial objects flying around in space. In fact, the subject has remained an unsolved mystery for so long that the United States Department of Defense established the Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP) Task Force for the purpose of collecting data on military UFO sightings. Recently, in their first meeting in over half a century, both Democratic and Republican members of Congress agreed that UFOs were, indeed, real. Here's what they revealed.
Although it was confirmed that they do exist, these objects remain as mysterious as ever. One thing both parties agreed on, however, was that a new approach must be taken to better understand them. "For too long, the stigma associated with UAPs has gotten in the way of good intelligence analysis. Pilots avoided reporting or laughed at when they did," stated subcommittee chairman Rep. Andre Carson. "[Department of Defense] officials relegated the issue to the backroom or swept it under the rug entirely fearful of his skeptical national security community. Today, we know better. UAPs are unexplained... but they are real." But what does this all mean?
According to Pentagon officials, collecting high-quality data on UAPs is particularly challenging. In one previously classified video shown during the official hearing, a reflective spherical object that looked like a dot of light can be seen flying around a military jet. "What are we observing?" asked Rep. Adam Schiff, the leader of the Intelligence Committee. However, Pentagon official Scott W. Bray wasn't able to give an exact answer, since the object couldn't be identified from its brief appearance in the video. "What you see here is aircraft that is operating in a U.S. Navy training range that has observed a spherical object in that area," said Bray. "And as they fly by and they take a video, it looks somewhat reflective in this video, and it quickly passes by the cockpit of the aircraft." He later added, "I do not have an explanation for what this specific object is." But that doesn't mean there aren't theories...
Among the few guesses experts suggested in last year’s report were airborne debris, natural atmospheric conditions, technology from foreign adversaries, or top-secret U.S. government technology. However, with the quality of the data being collected improving, officials hope to have clearer answers that might help explain these mysterious sightings. Be sure to stay tuned.