U.S. government is “ignoring UFO sightings” because “nobody wants to be the alien guy,” former Pentagon official said

U.S. Pentagon UFO alien life ufos Aliens The government is “ignoring UFO sightings” because “nobody wants to be ‘the alien guy’ in the national security bureaucracy,” a former Pentagon official said. Christopher Mellon, a former deputy assistant security of defense for the Clinton and George W. Bush administrations, claims that the government needs to thoroughly investigate nationwide reports of flying unidentified objects, given the sheer quantity in recent years. In a Washington Post op-ed, Mellon, who now works at The Stars Academy of Arts and Science (TTSA), says some U.S. pilots have encountered a UFO and several have even caught footage of the occurrence, but not enough has been done about it. "We have no idea what’s behind these weird incidents because we’re not investigating," he wrote. Keep up with this story and more by subscribing now On Friday, the Stars Academy of Arts and Science released footage of a UFO spotted by the U.S. Navy off the East Coast in 2015. Youtube Mellon believes that although they may not necessarily indicate alien life, the UFOs could be advanced Chinese or Russian technology, which would still warrant an investigation. However, he claims that people in the Pentagon turn their backs on bizarre videos and treat them as isolated incidents, rather than connected events. "If these craft mean that Russia, China or some other nation is concealing an astonishing technological breakthrough to quietly extend its lead, surely we should respond as we did then," Mellon wrote. He added: "Or, if these craft really aren’t from Earth, then the need to figure out what they are is even more urgent." Mellon then states that “nobody wants to be ‘the alien guy’ in the national security bureaucracy” because those types of people are often “ridiculed or side-lined for drawing attention to the issue.” On Friday, new UFO footage was released by TTSA, a Continue Reading

What’s that in the sky? Group analyzes local UFO sightings

WASHINGTON — Last month, something strange hovered in the sky just a few miles from the Pentagon, a witness reported. The witness, who took photos, said whatever it was appeared to rotate and then morph into a group of glowing objects that split apart. The photos are hard to make out, but one does seem to show a set of glittering, airborne lights. Maybe there’s a good explanation, but the incident is one of the most recent UFO sightings reported in the D.C. region to the Mutual UFO Network, also known as MUFON. MUFON collects reports of sightings worldwide and investigates them. Another organization, the National UFO Reporting Center, or NUFORC, also accepts reports of UFOs. “Our first credo is believe the witness. At least listen to the witness,” Susan Swiatek, MUFON’s Virginia director said to WTOP. “That’s a big therapeutic thing we can do for people and get their remarks on the record for hopefully a greater whole that will emerge.” Swiatek said some people are happy to have a strange encounter, while others are definitely not. “Just seeing something in the sky that they know they can’t explain, that’s enough to really upset people. And if you can just come alongside them and say, ‘It’s OK, we get those reports all the time,’ then that can help. Conversely, I’ve had people get really upset. They’d rather say ‘I’m crazy, give me a pill,'” she said. There were more than 100 sightings reported in Virginia last year — up 13 from the number of 2016 sightings reported, MUFON reported. In 2017, Virginia had more sighting reports than Maryland and D.C. combined. There were 65 reports in Maryland and 11 in the District. Reports can be filed online, and submissions can remain anonymous. Tony Angiola, assistant state director of MUFON Virginia and an investigator, has appeared on TV’s “NASA’s Unexplained Files” and “Hangar Continue Reading

NASA’s Curiosity Rover captures stunning new Mars photos

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NASA’s Juno spacecraft captures amazing photos of clouds above Jupiter

A new image from NASA's Juno spacecraft shows the colorful, swirling clouds above Jupiter.The image was taken Dec. 16 and released by NASA this month while the unmanned spacecraft was on its ninth close-up flyby, a mere 8,292 miles above the top of the planet's clouds.NASA officials said citizen scientists Gerald Eichstädt and Seán Doran processed the image using data from the JunoCam imager, a camera aboard the craft. As part of its public outreach, Juno's raw photos are made available for people to look through and process.Last summer, NASA released images showing Jupiter's famous Great Red Spot in dramatic detail. The Great Red Spot is a swirling storm about 1 1/2 times as wide as the Earth that has existed for perhaps more than 360 years. Data gathered by science instruments indicate the spot has roots that penetrate about 200 miles into the atmosphere.Arizona has ties to the $1.1 billion mission. University of Arizona Professor William Hubbard is involved in a key gravity experiment to determine whether Jupiter has a core.The Juno spacecraft entered Jupiter's orbit on July 4, 2016, after a five-year voyage through space.The spacecraft is shaped like a windmill and is about the size of an NBA basketball court. Scientific instruments and sensors on board are designed to tell scientists more about the fifth planet from the sun.The spacecraft gets as near as about 2,100 miles above Jupiter's clouds at times, the closest approach ever made by a spacecraft. The mission has its limits, though. Jupiter's radiation is about 60 million times that on Earth. That's the equivalent of having 100 million dental X-rays in a little over a year.Scott Bolton, principal investigator of the Juno mission, has likened Jupiter to a "planet on steroids."Everything about it is extreme. The radiation will become more intense as the mission goes Continue Reading

Are UFOs real? A Pentagon program tried to find out.

Helene Cooper, Ralph Blumenthal, Leslie Kean Updated 2:28 pm, Saturday, December 16, 2017 window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-5', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 5', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-9', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 9', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); Photo: U.S DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE/NYT Image 1of/9 CaptionClose Image 1 of 9 In an undated handout image taken from a video released by the Defense Department's Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program, a 2004 encounter near San Diego between two Navy F/A-18F fighter jets and an unknown object. UFOs have been repeatedly investigated over the decades in the United States, including by the American military. (U.S. Department of Defense via The New York Times) --EDITORIAL USE ONLY -- less In an undated handout image taken from a video released by the Defense Department's Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program, a 2004 encounter near San Diego between two Navy F/A-18F fighter jets and an ... more Photo: U.S DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE/NYT Image 2 of 9 Cmdr. David Fravor, a retired Navy pilot, at home in Windham, N.H., Dec. 8, 2017. Fravor's encounter with an unidentified aircraft of some kind — whitish — that was around 40 feet long and oval in shape, over the Pacific while on a training mission in 2004 caught the attention of a Pentagon program investigating UFOs. “It accelerated like nothing I’ve ever seen,†Fravor said. He was, he said, Continue Reading

85 UFO Sightings In New York City Over Past Two Years

New York City experienced 85 UFO sightings in the past two years, according to the New York Post Saturday. The information comes from a database collected by the National UFO Reporting Center based in Washington state. The organization takes submission of UFO sightings by phone and online. “Do I believe in UFOs? I absolutely believe . . . I believe what the data says,” Peter Davenport, the center’s director told the Post. “Read the cases and you come to the realization that these objects we’ve been calling UFOs for 70 years are being seen across the country and around the world on a daily basis.” New York City’s borough of Manhattan experienced the most sightings — racking up 27 since 2016. The details of the sightings run the gamut from a paltry amount of information to much more descriptive. “[I was] Looking out my 5th-floor apartment window in Astoria, Queens, which overlooks the East River and Manhattan's Skyline of the Empire State Building. All of the sudden, I see 2 triangles made up of lights floating by in the sky. There 1 second gone the next. One triangle was made of red lights and the other craft made of blue,” reads one entry from Oct. 20, 2017. The bulk of sightings are mysterious lights viewed in the sky, sometimes for a few seconds, sometimes for much longer.  “Three very bright lights in sky, still. One would move away, then rejoin. Often a pair would be so close as to look as one light. Hovered over Queens … for at least 15 minutes. I saw from more than a mile away and the lights were very big and bright. Very still,” reads one report from the New York City borough of Queens from Nov. 1, 2017. Davenport said that reliable and clear photos of these mysterious UFO sightings are hard to come by because people typically only have a few seconds to react. The sightings the organization compiles are self-reported, meaning there are only verified by the Continue Reading

Are there aliens out there? 2017 was the year to believe in UFOs and life in the solar system

It's one of the big philosophical questions we all love to ponder—is there life beyond Earth? We still don't have any firm evidence there is, but that doesn't mean 2017 wasn't an exciting year for alien enthusiasts. Here are some of the biggest stories of the year:Jaw-dropping new exoplanet discoveries: All told, scientists announced the discovery of more than a hundred new exoplanets this year. The new worlds present an incredible spectrum of what planets beyond our solar system can look like. And even better, many of them have been intriguingly like Earth: rocky and placed within what astronomers nickname the habitable zone, close enough but not so close to its star that liquid water can exist on its surface. This year's new haul of planets included little rocky LHS 1140b, Ross 128 b and its unusually calm star, and even a giant exoplanet tucked at the heart of our own galaxy. And NASA rounded out its year by announcing it had discovered an eighth planet in another solar system, making it the only one to match our own for the total tally. Keep up with this story and more Anonymous claims of NASA evidence for alien life: In June, the global hacking collective Anonymous released a video claiming that NASA had evidence that alien life exists and is hiding it from the American public. The agency administrator heavily cited in that video quickly ruled out any announcement, and the succeeding six months have been quiet.The Weird! signal: The search for extraterrestrial intelligence got a brief boost in July when astronomers in Puerto Rico announced they had spotted a strange signal coming from a star known as Ross 128. Further examination suggested that the signal came from one of the fleet of human-made satellites orbiting Earth, but for a few days, scientists scrambled to solve the puzzle the signal presented.Scientists spot their first interstellar asteroid, Oumuamua: In October, astronomers spotted an object flying through the solar system Continue Reading

If U.S. government is tracking UFO sightings, Arizona is fertile ground

Editor's note: This story was originally published in January 2015, following the online publication of 130,000 declassified records on the Air Force's files on UFO sightings and investigations.The possibility that humans are not alone in the universe is something the U.S. government is preparing for — if recent headlines are any indication.Welcome to the real-life "X-Files."The New York Times, on Dec. 16, 2017, published a story detailing a mysterious Pentagon program tasked with tracking UFOs.Defense officials said the program, called Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program, ended in 2012. But the Times reported that the program is still in operation in 2017, even if the Pentagon stopped funding it. PREVIOUSLY: 'Alien Ranch' west of Phoenix can be yours for $5M In response to the Times' story, Luis Elizondo, a former Pentagon official told CNN: "My personal belief is that there is very compelling evidence that we may not be alone."Is it any coincidence that NASA announced, in August, that it was hiring a "Planetary Protection Officer"?Meanwhile, Phoenix has a storied history of UFO sightings.Decades before the "Phoenix Lights," Arizona residents reported seeing V-shaped formations of UFOs hovering over Yuma and Phoenix.They reported reflective flying disks, glowing fireballs and swarms of starlike spheres streaming though the Arizona night skies.These sightings, and many more, come from a trove of nearly 130,000 pages of declassified records from Project Blue Book, the Air Force's files on UFO sightings and investigations. The records were released online in January 2015 thanks to UFO enthusiast John Greenewald. MORE: What's the story behind Phoenix's most famous UFO sighting?For Project Blue Book, the Air Force compiled 12,618 UFO sightings between 1947 and 1969 — some of which are from Arizona — but decided to discontinue investigations after finding no proof of national security threats or extraterrestrial Continue Reading

Mysterious objects filmed near International Space Station send UFO watchers into frenzy

They're unidentified, flying and out of this world. For the third time in the last week, mysterious objects spotted near the International Space Station have put extraterrestrial enthusiasts in a frenzy. The first sighting of several white orbs was seen on Aug. 4 by eagle-eyed UFO watchers hooked on monitoring NASA's live webcam, as first reported by the Houston Chronicle. Blogger Scott Waring, of UFO Sightings Daily, was one of the first to point out the Aug. 4 appearance while describing it as a "glowing disk." "I took a screenshot of the UFO and enlarged it. It has a long line down its middle and a dome on its top, but is rectangle (sic) on its lower bottom," Waring wrote of the video on his website. Adding to some believers' excitement is that halfway into the video clip — as the object appears to get nearer and nearer — the camera cuts to a blank, blue screen. "Really neat that you caught them going to blue screen as the object comes closer you can almost imagine the person that sensors saying, 'oh-no not another,'" one impressed YouTube viewer commented on the video. They added that the video "screams we're guilty of hiding the truth." The second video, posted by Waring after its collection by a so-called "ufologist" with website Streetcap1, shows a white light glowing while above the earth's domed atmosphere on Aug. 7. It gradually disappears. The latest video posted on Tuesday by Streetcap1 shows a cluster of white dots that appear over the edge of the space station. After about one minute the dots — approximately four in number — fade completely away. ON A MOBILE DEVICE? WATCH THE AUG. 4 VIDEO HERE, THE AUG. 7 VIDEO HERE, OR THE AUG. 12 VIDEO HERE Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Strange lights sighted in night sky raise specter of flying saucers over Brooklyn

Is E.T. cool enough for Brooklyn yet? Not quite. Three supposedly mysterious lights drifted across Brooklyn after sundown Dec. 3. But if you fiend for flying saucers, you might want to focus on B films before crawling down this rabbit hole of a hoax.   An amateur video – shot from Prospect Heights – of the trio of moving lights prompted online speculation that the “sighting” is linked to a series of alleged “UFOs” hovering over major U.S. cities.   Some believe these objects to be a prelude to the supposed destruction of Dec. 21: the date Mayan apocalypse believers think the world will end.   “This is the second time in Brooklyn,” one man said in the video, “we’re seeing round orbs in the air. Look those two are in perfect formation right there! This is freaking me out …Unidentified flying objects again over Brooklyn.”   STRANGE OBJECTS DART OVER DENVER SKIES   “Three orbs glowing like fire” were “flying in perfect formation,” according to astounded observers, who stood at the intersection of Vanderbilt Ave. and Dean St.   The three alleged “UFOs” stopped in sync before disappearing.   “That’s not no Chinese f---ing lantern,” another person can be heard saying.   Some skeptics, on the other hand, would beg to differ. Amateur ufologists routinely mistake sky lanterns (airborne paper lanterns) for UFOs.   Another amateur cameraperson recorded an alleged “UFO sighting” in San Francisco’s Mission District in the early morning hours of Dec. 9. The lights supposedly coordinated motions added more credence to the pre-Mayan apocalypse sightings, in the eyes of some believers.   AIR FORCE HAD 'FLYING SAUCER' PLANS   Enrique Barrios, the man who shot the San Francisco footage, admitted, “tequila was maybe an influence" but was also “100 percent sure this was a Continue Reading