We all have heard and read a lot about UFOs (Unidentified Flying Objects) through books, movies, and news reports. However, our knowledge on this subject continues to be limited as the information about these flying objects is kept secret from the world. Nevertheless, the curious minds have collected boatloads of information to disseminate.
People from different countries and professions have reported UFO sightings but still, no substantial evidence has been found to claim these sightings to be true. Some people believe in UFOs and some still consider them as science fiction.
Here are 15 interesting facts about UFOs:
(After reading the list below, you might also want to check out these very interesting random facts).
1. UFO is not the only term used to refer to these objects. The term Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon (UAP) is used as a broader term by investigators. Another term is OVNI – popularly used by Spanish, Portuguese, French and Italian.
2. People from different locations and professions have reported UFO sightings. As perufoevidence.org, 5 to 7 percent people in the world have seen UFOs and 10 to 15 percent people know someone in their contact who have seen a UFO.
3. So far, no UFO has been tracked on radar entering the Earth’s atmosphere. As per the National Aviation Reporting Center on Anomalous Phenomena (NARCAP), some UFOs have unusual electromagnetic properties which disrupt microprocessors and adversely effect avionic systems.
4. There is a law in the US (under title 14, Section 1211 of the Code of Federal regulations, implemented on July 16, 1969) which makes it illegal for US citizens to have any contact with the extraterrestrials or their vehicles.
5. Pilot Kenneth Arnold is known to be the first person to report UFO sighting on June 24, 1947. As per the report, he spotted nine disc-shaped objects flying over Mt. Rainer, Washington. A reporter labeled them “flying saucers,” and the term entered mainstream consciousness.
6. Flying Saucers from Outer Space was the first book to use the term “UFO”. The book was written by Donald E. Keyhoe in 1953.
7. 12,618 UFO sightings were reported to Project Blue Book between year 1947 and 1969.Project Blue Book was a UFO research agency that was headquartered at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Even till date, 701 of these sightings remain ‘unidentified’.
8. In the late 1930s, Orson Wells’ radio show The War of the Worlds was so realistic that hundreds of people thought America was really been invaded by aliens and UFOs.