An unidentified flying object, or UFO, is in its strictest definition any apparent object in the sky that is not identifiable as a known object or phenomenon. However the term is widely used in popular culture to refer more specifically to supposed observations of craft of extraterrestrial origin.
Most UFOs are later identified as conventional objects or phenomena (e.g., aircraft, weather balloons, clouds). Some of them are not identified, either because of lack of evidence or because no conventional explanation can be found despite extensive evidence. Some people consider the latter cases as possible observations of extraterrestrial space craft.
UFO sightings have been reported throughout recorded history and in various parts of the world, raising questions about life on other planets and whether extraterrestrials have visited Earth. They became a major subject of interest–and the inspiration behind numerous films and books – following the development of rocketry after World War II.
Questions remain though
Why should Aliens/ETs come here to Earth? Assuming they master interstellar traveling, what was the reason for them to – out of a sheer uncountable number of possibly inhabitable planets out there – land here on Earth? Aren’t we as a human species taking ourselves just a bit too important?
Was it possible that the so-called UFOs were not from somewhere far away but rather from within the multiverse, from a parallel universe (a hypothetical self-contained reality co-existing with one’s own) or even a matrix-style world? ETs and their UFOs might not be from too far away after all. Perhaps a portal between dimensions (let’s just call it like that) was discovered or we perceive phenomena from within the quantum foam or simply make something out of the akashic records?
Binaries & Quarks and why Elon Musk says “We are living in a simulation”. Provided UFOs – in the commonly understood sense – do exist and we wanted to know more, perhaps we should start looking in our very own backyard first before going far. Anyone wants to claim to know for sure?
Don’t you get fooled
One of the most elaborate UFO pranks ever staged was on April Fools’ Day in 1989 over London. Virgin, the famous venture capitalist conglomerate, is known for its April foolery, and the mastermind behind their pranks is Virgin’s founder Sir Richard Branson. The mission to fly a UFO over London began as a top secret project code named “Project Wedgewood.” Cameron Balloons Limited in the town of Bristol, a bit less than 2 hours from London by car, was commissioned to build a massive UFO hot air balloon fully kitted out with strobe lights.
As to what happened next, Branson detailed the execution of the prank in a blog on World UFO Day (July 2) in 2013. Branson says they took off in the balloon at approximately 4 am, the strobe lights blinking every 10 seconds. By the time the first light of dusk could be seen they had reached a major motorway leading into London. Branson writes, “We could see every single vehicle grinding to a halt and hundreds of people looking up at the UFO flying over them.”
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