Headlines were made across the globe in 2017 when US Navy radar footage of a mystery object with a “glowing aura” and flying erratically was leaked to the public. The debate over UFOs reached fever pitch when the footage emerged of what some called an alien craft. One particular instance details footage from a Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet, a twin-engined fighter, showing an unidentified aircraft surrounded by a glowing aura.
The object travelled at a high speed and rotated as it moved – the pilots onboard are captured saying “there’s a whole fleet of them”.
While the US Navy acknowledged the incident, officials at the Pentagon – the United State’s Department of Defense – kept quiet until earlier this year when they officially disclosed it.
The DoD said the video was authentic, although did not go into detail about what the craft may be or where it came from.
However, one expert believes the video is definitely worthy of scientific investigation due to its seemingly paranormal nature.
Adam Dodd, a tutor at the University of Queensland who has an interest in science media research, said: “Thoughts about what UFOs are vary widely – from illusions to alien spacecraft.
“However, a workable, conservative definition is: ‘intelligently-controlled airborne objects not apparently made by humans’.
“Only a small fraction of UFO reports collected globally over the past seven decades seem to describe such objects, but the Navy footage appears to fit the bill.
“Whether such objects are vehicles of alien invasion or not, their mere presence would seem to indicate a national security threat, which is partly what makes the Pentagon’s recent announcement so puzzling.
“A superficial reading of the Navy UFO footage would likely lead to the latter evaluation.
“But given the nature of the footage (it is infrared, not technically photographic, so establishes the heat signature of the objects depicted), and the institutional context (the Pentagon is not known for producing and distributing fake UFO videos), it’s hard to avoid concluding the footage shows genuine physical anomalies.
“If that’s the case, it would be worthy of serious scientific and military attention, both of which currently seem absent.”