Do engaged in a cover-up. In the 1990s, the

Do aliens exist? This question has mystified humans ever
since prehistoric man noticed the bright stars in our sky. There are around 200
billion galaxies out there and
smart(better word) people estimate around 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 planets overall. Are we really
the only planet with intelligent (again, debatable) life on it?                                                                       

We have been
fascinated by the bizarre, and alien sightings are top on that list. From them
taking over the world, to government conspiracies, many “knowledgeable” people
have tried explaining such phenomenon. Here are a few popular encounters of the
third kind.

The most popular one is the Roswell incident
which occurred in 1947 where, Rancher William Brazel discovered
mysterious debris in one of his pastures. News headlines claimed that a “flying
saucer” crashed in Roswell, but military officials claimed that it was merely a
conventional weather balloon. Interest subsequently weakened until the late 1970s,
when ufologists began promoting a variety
of increasingly elaborate conspiracy theories, claiming that one or more alien
spaceships had crash-landed, and that the extraterrestrial occupants had been recovered by
the military, who then engaged in a cover-up.

In the 1990s,
the US military published two reports disclosing the true nature of the crashed
object: a nuclear test surveillance balloon from Project Mogul. Nevertheless, this incident continues to be of interest in
popular media, and conspiracy theories surrounding the event persist. Roswell
has been described as “the world’s most famous, most exhaustively
investigated, and most thoroughly debunked UFO claim”.

But the UFO
mania was first set up by an incident which occurred earlier that year with
Kenneth Arnold who claimed to see 9 blue glowing objects flying in a ‘V’
formation approximately at a speed of 2700kmph, which was three times faster
than any manned aircraft in 1947.  When
he described their motion as similar to “a saucer if you skip it across water,”
the media coined the now-universal phrase “flying saucer.” Soon, there were other
reports of a group of nine UFOs across the region, including sightings by a
prospector on Mount Adams and the crew of a commercial flight in Idaho. The
government never had a true explanation for the sightings—it simply claimed
that Arnold had seen a mirage or was hallucinating.

Almost all sightings have a similar explanation which is never
satisfying. I personally very much believe that aliens exist and the government
surely has a lot which has been covered up. For the past 44 years the National
UFO Reporting Center has been taking a sincere effort of taking any story if
someone sees anything strange. Right now, they receive between 10-20
written reports in a day through the website. But those sightings are going up.
Most of them have mundane explanations or just cases of seeing an object that
the witness was unable to identify. The most reliable reports involve multiple
witnesses who corroborate each other’s sightings. NUFORC believes serving as a
listening ear is one half of the job. Presenting those stories as
publicly-available reports is the other. The director, Peter Davenport feels, people
should have access to information about extraterrestrial activity,
“without having to rely on a government which is lying to all of us about
the UFO phenomenon”.

Another incident which was very poorly explained by the government is
The Lubbock Lights which occurred in 1951.  Three science professors from
Texas Tech were enjoying an evening outdoors in Lubbock. Suddenly they noticed
a semicircle of lights flying above them at a very high speed. Over the next
few days, dozens of reports flooded in from across town. Newspapers across the
country and Life magazine also published photos of the incident snapped by a
Texas Tech freshman, named Carl Hart Jr. Dr. Grayson Mead claimed that the lights
“appeared to be about the size of a dinner plate and they were
greenish-blue, slightly fluorescent in color. They were smaller than the full
moon at the horizon. There were about a dozen to fifteen of these lights, they
were absolutely circular, it gave all of us an extremely eerie
feeling.”