September 24, 2021

US intelligence report on UFOs: There are no aliens, but the government’s transparency and desire for better data can bring science to the UFO world

This article originally appeared on The Conversation. The publication contributed this article to Space.com’s expert voice: OpEd & Insights.
Chris Impey, Distinguished Professor of Astronomy at the University of Arizona
On June 25, 2021, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence issued a highly anticipated report on UFOs to Congress. The military has changed the name of the UFO-UAP, in part to avoid the claim that aliens have visited Earth since the Roswell incident in 1947 is considered an embarrassment. The report did not provide convincing evidence that the alien spacecraft was discovered, but some data is difficult to explain.
I am a professor of astronomy and have written many articles on how to find life in the universe. I also give free online astrobiology courses. I don’t think the new government report or any other UFO sighting in the past is evidence of aliens visiting earth. But this report is important because it opens the door to a serious investigation into UFOs. Specifically, it encourages the US government to collect better data on UFOs, and I think the release of the report increases the chances that scientists will try to interpret this data. Historically, UFOs feel that they are not constrained by mainstream science, but they may not be.
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What’s In The UFO Report? The first concern of the
report is the lack of high-quality data. The following are the highlights of this slim, nine-page report, which covers a total of 144 sightings of UAP from US government sources. Between 2004 and 2021:
“Limited data and inconsistent reports top challenges in UAP assessment.
Some observations “may be the result of sensor errors, deception or misunderstanding by observers.”
“UAP clearly constitutes a flight safety issue and may represent a safety challenge US national.
In 144 sightings, the task force” was able to identify a reported UAP with a high degree of confidence. In this case, we identify the object as a large deflated balloon. The others remain inexplicable. ”
” Many UAPs are technologies implemented by China, Russia, another country, or non-governmental entities.
UFO is taboo for scientists
The Office of the Director of National Intelligence serves the Congressional Intelligence and Armed Forces Committee.
The Office of the Director of National Intelligence prepares a report for the Congressional Intelligence and Armed Forces Committee. Office of the Director of National Intelligence)
UFO refers to UFO. That’s. You would think that scientists would like the challenge of solving this puzzle. On the contrary, UFOs have always been a taboo in academic scientists’ research, so inexplicable reports have not received due scrutiny.
One reason is that most scientists believe that most reports are less than what they appear on the surface, and most of the few people who investigate more deeply have debunked this phenomenon. More than half of the sightings can be attributed to meteors, fireballs, and Venus.
Another reason for scientific hesitation is that UFOs have long been used by popular culture. They are part of the landscape of conspiracy theories, which include descriptions of alien abductions and crop circles. Scientists are worried about their professional reputation, and the association of UFOs with these supernatural stories has led most researchers to avoid this topic.
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but some scientists have already seen it. In 1968, Edward U. Condon of the University of Colorado published the first major academic study on UFO sightings. The Condon report found that “in the past 21 years, research on UFOs has not found anything that can increase scientific knowledge”, which hinders further research.
However, a 1998 review by a team led by Peter Sturrock, a professor of applied physics at Stanford University, concluded that some sightings were accompanied by physical evidence that required scientific research. Sturrock also conducted a survey of professional astronomers and found that nearly half of the people think UFOs are worthy of scientific research, and among them, young people and knowledgeable astronomers pay the most attention.
If astronomers are interested in UFOs and think that certain cases deserve rigorous academic research, what prevents them? The history of mistrust between UFO scientists and scientists is of no avail. Although UFO research uses some scientific method tools, it does not have the core of skeptical evidence-based reasoning that distinguishes science from pseudoscience.
A search was conducted on 90,000 recent and current grants granted by the National Science Foundation, and no grants involving UFOs or related phenomena were found. I have worked on the review team for 35 years and I can imagine the reaction if such a proposal is presented to the peer reviewer: raise your eyebrows and vote quickly not to fund it.
The Allen Telescope Array in Northern California is dedicated to Astronomical Observation and Simultaneous Search for Extraterrestrial Civilizations (SETI). The
radio telescope, like the Allen telescope array seen here, scans the sky for signs of intelligent life in the universe. (Image Source: Seth Shostak / SETI Institute)
Decades of Alien Search
Although the scientific community has almost completely avoided contact with UFOs, the widespread search for intelligent aliens and their technology has been going on for decades.
Astronomers have so far discovered more than 4,400 planets orbiting other stars, a fact that has prompted the search. Some exoplanets, called exoplanets, have a mass close to Earth, are just the right distance from the star, and can have water on their surface, which means they can be habitable.
Astronomers estimate that there are 300 million habitable planets in the Milky Way alone, each of which is a potential opportunity for the development of life and the rise of intelligence and technology. In fact, most astronomers believe that the possibility of humans being the only or the first advanced civilization is very small.

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