2-23. The Missing UFOs

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The first “Flying Saucer” was reported in 1947 when pilot Ken Arnold reported seeing something in air shaped like a “saucer,” “disc,” or “pie-plate.” The media picked it up, and soon there were thousands of sightings across the world. Countless movies and TV series have been made on the subject, and reports still come in, but far fewer than during the 1950s or 1970s.

The question is… why?

One conclusion would be that the aliens have simply stopped visiting us, but there is another explanation that makes more sense. Ever since the 1980s, video cameras have been extremely common. Today, nearly everyone has a high-quality recorder in their pocket in the form of a smart phone. With all these cameras out there, visiting aliens should be caught more often—and less blurry than ever before. In short, more better cameras should equal more better images of aliens visiting us.

But we don’t have them. And the answer could be simply because everyone has cameras. More camera ownership means more understanding of how they work, and how easy it is to make something odd appear. There is less chance for blurry images, which means things are easier to identify. A UFO (Unidentified Flying Object) filmed in the 1950s could be a flock of birds or a group of mylar balloons today.

We also have the government admission that many of the UFO sightings in the past were experimental aircraft such as the stealth bomber. They were happy that the public was seeing aliens rather than their latest equipment.

Of course, none of this means that aliens aren’t visiting us—there just isn’t any reason to believe that they are. Our current understanding of physics seems to prohibit the type of long-range travel that would be needed for beings from another planet to visit us.

And finally, the last piece of the puzzle is the old adage, “Believing is seeing.” In order to see something, you have to believe it’s there. Once someone plants the idea that those specks in the sky are aliens, you can believe that they are. Fewer media sources and movies are planting that idea today, and instead have replaced them with such things as “chemtrails.”

Fortunately for us, the only thing it takes to dispel these beliefs is a little bit of curiosity, and a little bit of time.

 

Fata Morgana, an explanation for some UFO sightings. (Photo by By Timpaananen)

Fata Morgana, an explanation for some UFO sightings. (Photo by Timpaananen)

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