Travel restrictions? Why UFO s

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Travel restrictions? Why UFO sightings have gone down during pandemic

It appears that extraterrestrials have stopped visiting Earth during the pandemic – with only one reported sighting of an Unidentified Flying Object (UFO) in SA.

Travel restrictions? Why UFO s

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Only a couple of weeks after the Pentagon dropped their official UFO report, the South African chapter of the Mutual UFO Network, (Mufon) said that it had only one reported sighting of an unexplained object.

COVID-19 and UFO sightings

According to IOL, it appears extraterrestrials have stopped visiting Earth during the pandemic. According to South Africa’s Mufon representative Lee Strydom, this is due to a very simple reason:

“You know, people now just go to work, they come back and they are not spending time outside having braais with friends, and looking up and seeing things. People are worried about COVID-19,” Strydom laments.

But while South African skies might have been empty, it has been heady times for ufologists, both locally and across the globe.

Pentagon UFO report

The Pentagon report, for example, has been a highlight even though it did not reveal much. The nine-page report doesn’t say what the 144 sightings from 2004 to 2021 are but does say that the government wants to collect better data.

Watch: Three Declassified UFO videos taken by the US

The bare minimum

Evan Robinson, the founder of the Cape Town UFO Meet-up, found the report thin on detail.

“The US seems to be doing the bare minimum in order to maintain the current status quo. Their response indicates how little knowledge and control over the subject they actually have,” he said. By using the new name for UFOs – unidentified aerial phenomenon (UAP) – researchers said that they ultimately lacked high-quality data.

They did offer five possible categories that might suggest what these objects are. These being airborne clutter, such as birds, balloons or drones, or natural atmospheric phenomena. The third possibility is that the UAPs are the product of a US government or industrial development programme. A fourth explanation is the involvement of a foreign entity, and the final category is open-ended, and simply titled “other”.

“I would have thought the military would at least have acknowledged the mathematical certainty that there are other habitable planets in the universe which have evolved sentient life, and that their technology and ability to travel between star systems might be more advanced than ours,” says Robinson.

The biggest reveal was probably the admittance that some of the sightings appear to demonstrate advanced technology.

Advanced technology

“Some UAPs appeared to remain stationary in winds aloft, move against the wind, manoeuvre abruptly, or move at considerable speed, without discernible means of propulsion”, the report reads.

One such sighting, that was investigated and appeared to show this advanced technology, was initially leaked to the media and eventually declassified by the US Navy. This is the tic tac video, which was taken from a US fighter jet and shows a white oval object that appears to travel at unexplainable high speeds. The strange object was able to easily outmanoeuvre the US jets.

“The only reason why the Pentagon responded to the tic tac video is that it was leaked. If it hadn’t been leaked, they would have kept it undercover,” says Strydom, adding that he believes that the US is slowly revealing bits and pieces of information, in a slow reveal of ultra-secretive programmes that involve extraterrestrials.

Meanwhile, Chris Impey, a Professor of Astronomy from the University of Arizona, wrote recently in The Conversation that UFOs have felt off-limits to mainstream science, but perhaps this will be no more. He also pointed out that more than half of all UFO sightings are attributed to meteors, fireballs, and the planet Venus.

“The report didn’t reveal the best of the best that they have got. But it is a much higher quality of information than what we had 10 years ago. So it’s very exciting that the policymakers are caving under public pressure,” says Ufologist Cristo Louw.