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NYC UFO sightings in 2020 are up 283% from 2018
This has been one far-out year!
UFO sightings across the city are up 31% from last year — 46, compared with 35 — and an eye-popping 283% from 2018’s measly dozen, according to the National UFO Reporting Center.
Brooklyn is tops in tin-foil hatters, with 12 close encounters. Not far behind are Manhattan with 11 and Queens with 10. Staten Islanders claim just eight — despite the borough’s rep for not social distancing. The Bronx is even more grounded, chalking up a mere five.
Two of the more memorable intergalactic incidents happened in the summertime, on Staten Island and in the Bronx.
In the wee hours of July 21, an Islander spotted — and stared at — at an “oval” aircraft that “looked and sounded like a helicopter. Then, the mysterious flying machine “sent a surge of heat/radiation through my body!”
The Islander “honestly thought it was the government putting something into the air with everything going on during these times and I thought I would wake up and find it all over the news or on Instagram.”
Late on June 8, a Bronxite watched 30 objects “flying in a perfect line, in perfect synchronicity” that “looked like a bunch of moving stars.”
The observer insisted, “I don’t drink, or take any drugs whatsoever. I’m not a UFO conspiracy theorist.”
An eerie episode can happen any time, anywhere.
On the night of Sept. 15, a Brooklynite stuck his head “out the bathroom window of my 2nd floor home” and saw “orange/metallic” orbs “standing still over the Canarsie/Jamaica Bay area.”
Army officer’s secret journal could offer new clues about the UFO crash in Roswell in 1947
Recently, Marcel’s family revealed that he had kept a diary from that period that might contain clues about the crash, sparking a new investigation by the History Channel in “Roswell: The First Witness,” part of the network’s “History’s Greatest Mysteries” series.
“The government claimed they had recovered a UFO — they had a press release about it,” said Ben Smith, a former CIA operative and the show’s lead investigator. “No other government in the world has said ‘We have a spacecraft,’ and then the next day there’s another press release that says, ‘Never mind, it was just a weather balloon’,” Smith told Live Science.
The show revisits the Roswell crash site, incorporating aerial surveys and mapping, and using multispectral imaging to detect micro-depressions in the ground that could indicate where debris landed, Smith said.
But the central component of the new inquiry is a diary, which Marcel supposedly kept during the time of the Roswell crash, and which is now in the possession of his grandchildren. Decades after the event, Marcel told an interviewer that he believed the object that crashed in the New Mexico desert had extraterrestrial origins, Time reported in 1997. Analysis of the diary — and translation of its cryptic language — could reveal coded messages that Marcel wrote about the crash at the time that it happened, Smith said.
Pics: Leaked government photos reveal bizarre UFO sighting
The circulation of a leaked photo appearing to show a motionless unidentified flying object, or UFO, has sent military buffs and alien hunters into overdrive.
The image had reportedly been shared around by US defence personnel before making its way into the media this month.
The picture is said to date back to 2018 and was published by journalist Tim McMillian in The Debrief.
It shows what the US government calls Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP) appearing near a US fighter pilot while flying his jet off the country’s east coast.
“The Department of Defense established the UAPTF (Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force) to improve its understanding of, and gain insight into, the nature and origins of UAPs,” the US government said in a press release at the time.
Alien breakthrough as ‘really good chance’ extraterrestrials will ‘respond’ to signals
Scientists have in recent years ramped up efforts in the search for extraterrestrial life. Now, astrobiologists like Dr Douglas Vakoch use something called METI (messaging extraterrestrial intelligence) to send signals to outer space. It contrasts with the orthodox SETI (searching for extraterrestrial life) which scientists used to passively scour the universe for our distant galactic cousins.
SETI now allows the scientific community to actively force its hand into space, calling for any number of potential intelligent life forms to respond.
A thought that has disturbed many, researchers like Dr Vackoch relish the idea that one day they might hear something back.
So confident is Dr Vakoch and his team at METI in California that he believes there is a “really good chance” aliens will reply.
It is, he told BBC Science Focus Magazine, a matter of being patient.
He said: “I think there’s a really good chance that it will work if we’re patient.
“And I think that’s the critical thing.”
Despite this, he conceded: “Am I holding my breath in 2042 we’re going to get a reply back from Luyten’s Star that we pinged in 2017? No.
“I mean, I’m going to be listening. I don’t think there’s a good chance.
“But if we repeat that experiment 100 times or a 1,000 times or one million times, then I think we have a realistic chance.”
Luyten’s Star is a red dwarf in the constellation Canis Minor located at a distance of approximately 12.36 light-years from the Sun. It has a visual magnitude of 9.9, making it too faint to be viewed with the unaided eye.
Distance to Earth: 12.2 light years
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