In 2021, there has been an uptick in reported strange sightings, thanks to people with smartphones or other video devices that have captured these strange lights in the sky.
These unspecified aerial phenomena (UAPs) could be satellite, technology deployed by foreign governments, space junk falls down or can even float on special balloons or intentionally fakes unidentified flying objects (UFO)?
Or could they be aliens? What if The earth Ever received the end of speeding extraterrestrials from Alpha Centauri, who discovered they lacked brake fluid and crashed into New Mexico?
Many of these objects were eventually identified. Others, however, remain mysterious.
In 2022, however, UAP will get more attention from both the scientific community and the federal government, experts told Space.com.
In June 2021, the US military and intelligence community released a report on the UAP. This was followed by the urging of Congress to establish an official office to undertake a “coordinated effort” on UAP-related collection and analysis.
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand said: “Our national security efforts rely on air supremacy, and these phenomena present a challenge to our dominance in the air. UAP’s vision is crucial to keeping our strategic edge and keeping our nation safe,” Senator Kirsten Gillibrand said on December 12. September 9, 2021, when it announced the inclusion of her UAP amendment in $768.2 billion National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2022, signed into law by President Joe Biden on December 27.
Although the new office in the Pentagon, called the Airborne Object Recognition and Management Synchronization Group, will not explicitly focus on search for alien life, it will be tasked with providing complete intelligence, as well as scientific and technical assessments, regarding the UAP.
One of the responsibilities of the new UAP office will be to implement a plan to “test scientific theories regarding UAP characteristics and performance,” Gillibrand said in a statement. statement.
So what now?
First, there is a concerted effort to build hardware that detects the UAP and decides where it will be stationed. This year could be a turning point in UAP/UFO research.
According to Mark Rodeghier, scientific director of the UFO Research Center in Chicago, a big potential development in 2022 will be UFO detection.
“The effort to detect, track and measure UFO phenomena in the field, in real time, has recently entered a new phase,” Rodeghier told Space.com. “Technology has gotten better, software tools have improved, and current interest in UFOs has attracted new, qualified professionals.
Rodeghier added: “While one cannot predict how long it will take for us to gain basic, new knowledge of UAP/UFOs, I believe these efforts are highly likely to succeed and place UFO studies on a new foundation of reliable physical data,” added Rodeghier. “And as a result we will have more evidence – as if needed – that UFO phenomena are real and can be studied scientifically.”
An upcoming initiative, called Project Galileo, will search for extraterrestrial devices close to Earth. It has two branches. The first aim is to determine the nature of interstellar objects that do not look like comets or asteroids – like ‘Oumuamua, the first known interstellar object to visit solar system. The second branch targets UAP, similar to those of interest to the US government.
“Project Galileo’s data will be public and its scientific analysis will be transparent,” said Harvard astronomer Avi Loeb, who led the project. “Relevant scientific findings will expand mankind’s knowledge without regard to borders between nations.”
Galileo’s team of more than 100 scientists plans to assemble the project’s first telescope system on the roof of the Harvard University Observatory in the spring of 2022.
“The system will record continuous video and audio of the entire sky in the visible, infrared and radio frequency bands, as well as track objects of interest,” Loeb said. “Artificial intelligence algorithms will distinguish birds from drones, airplanes or something else. When the first system works successfully, Project Galileo will make copies of it and distribute them in multiple geographic locations. “
The truth is out there
One difference in all the talk about UAPs and UFOs – which are garnering some attention in the scientific community anyway – is the possibility that UFOs are actually human time travelers.
Michael Masters, professor of anthropology at Montana University of Technology, said: “The human time travel model to explain UFOs has been of interest over the past few years.
Masters is the author of the 2019 book “Identified Flying Objects,” which studies the premise that UFOs and aliens may simply be descendants of our distant humanity using anthropological tools of time travel to visit and study us, as members of their own hominin evolutionary past.
“I think people are starting to realize that that makes a lot of sense in the context of how these ships work, how they can achieve such amazing accelerations and decelerations if they are manipulate space-time in their own frame of reference in and around these ships, and if we can seriously consider the description of the creatures seen with them, how are ubiquitously described in such human terms, with regard to their behaviour, technology and morphology,” Masters told Space.com.
The Masters appreciate that the UFO/UAP topic is being taken seriously by a group of experts in various fields.
“The more we continue to remove the stigma that has surrounded this subject for so long, the faster we can begin to understand the nuances of this mysterious phenomenon,” he said. “Further reduction of stigma also means that more scientists and academics will continue to join the conversation without fear of reprisal or shame for their existing research agenda, which can only help advance our knowledge further and faster.”
Thanks to the official acknowledgment of the reality of these objects, Masters said, “the conversation can now move from ‘Are these things real?’ to ‘What are they, and where did they come from, or likely when, did they come?’ “
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Lack of coordination
Robert Powell, executive board member of the UAP Research Science Union (SCU) in Austin, Texas, said:
“I believe that will improve as we move into 2022,” he said.
Several members of SCU are involved with Project Galileo, and the organization has collaborated with a number of groups, including UFODATA, the UFO Data Acquisition Project (UFODAP), and UAPx.
“UFODAP already has a working model that is already on the market and is reasonably priced in the $2,000 to $5,000 range, depending on desired accessories,” Powell told Space.com. “This system has been used by a group called UAPx to collect data. Our goal is to coordinate these activities in such a way that we use a system with a standardized set of equipment to collect data.”
But before that happens, Powell said, teams need to map out exactly what that device is trying to measure and verify that the system can achieve that goal.
“These are exciting times, as more and more groups focus on UAP discovery and research,” said Kevin Knuth, associate professor of physics at the University of Albany and vice president of UAPx. sensors that interested parties can host locally to contribute to UAP detection.
However, there are some challenges related to the interactions of the different groups, he said.
“Although some synergies between groups may be beneficial, especially in the context of efficiency, the fact that we currently know very little about UAPs implies that the potential for discovery would be higher if teams started working independently, trying out different equipment and processes, and monitoring in different places,” Knuth told Space.com.
As the lessons are learned and the results are made public, different groups will begin to adopt equipment and processes that have been proven to work, he added.
“For this reason, it may not be wise to coordinate groups at this time,” Knuth said. “Instead, as we learn more about how to best observe and study UAP, communication between groups – aided by data sharing and publication of results – will generally lead to improvements This is the benefit of independent scientific research.”
More broadly, Knuth said scientific groups are planning to publish peer-reviewed scientific papers. The result will be the further advancement of scientific research on UAP “while encouraging and engaging more scientists to work on what is likely to be one of the most important discoveries.” in human history,” he said.
Leonard David is the author of “Moon Rush: The New Space Race” (National Geographic, 2019). A longtime Space.com writer, David has been reporting on the space industry for over 5 decades.
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