The end of the UFO era.
None of the numerous UFOs reported over Britain in the last 30 years was a flying saucer, the government said as it released previously secret defence files probing mysterious aerial sightings.
The declassified study — “Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP) in the UK Air Defence Region” — concluded that such UAP do exist and are “usually described as coloured lights and sometimes as shapes”.
“Very occasionally they are reported with sound and even with smell,” it added.
But it noted that “reports occur because they comprise unfamiliar and unexpected lights, shapes and patterns, in the context in which the observer sees them. The phenomena occur on a daily, worldwide basis”.
Man-made objects, such as airplanes, are also often mis-seen or are actually meteors re-entering the Earth’s atmosphere causing “bouyant plasmas”.
Rare weather, atmospheric conditions or other “barely understood” natural events could also be causes.
“There is no evidence that any UAP seen in the UKADR are incursions by objects of any intelligent (extra-terrestrial or foreign) origin, or that they represent any hostile intent,” the unnamed author of the report said.
“There is no evidence that ‘solid’ objects exist which could cause a collision hazard.”
I’ve been telling my friends for years that digital cameras would finish killing the UFO era. When everyone on the planet has a camera in the car and another in their phone, any real UFOs would get snapped from 14 angles.
During any major news event today, from Katrina to the London bus bombing, the most intimate pictures of the event came not from news cameras but from surveillance cameras or home camcorders. Yet despite thousands of more cameras available and at the ready, the pictures of “UFOs” have been going down for years.
Although some -like me- would argue that camera ubiquitousness is the exact reason we no longer hear much about UFOs. We have, in effect, proved a negative. If flying saucers existed (at least in the numbers they supposedly did in the 70s) surly we’d have an abundance of pictures today.
I know it’s not romantic to think we are all alone in the universe -or at least that if there is anything out there they don’t stop by on weekends- but that is reality.
Now the UFO craze can can fade away like bell-bottoms and disco. – On second thought, Disco has a longer shelf life.