UFOs: Are we too anxious to make contact or are the explanations getting better?by Cherlyn Gardner Strong on Oct. 14, 2010, under UFOs
Two news reports generated very high interest all over the globe this week. These reports even pushed the newest China UFO sighting this week off the radar. (See yesterday’s Shanxi province post).
First, I’ll talk about the UFO report close to home in New York City yesterday. Various news broadcasts on the internet featured eyewitnesses accounts. The eyewitnesses were insistent that the objects in the sky that mesmerized them were not balloons. Less than 24 hours later, New York Daily News posted a contradictory, but believable article, accompanied by a video with convincing evidence. The object was identified as white balloons adorned with silver designs for a teacher’s engagement party.
Earlier this morning, I caught a segment on the morning news, in which a cute little moppet stated quite vehemently that it was not a UFO. “Those were our balloons.”, she said. The selected video presented a child trying to convince grown-ups that, well, they need to grow up.
Amid the frenzy of the New York UFO articles flying through cyberspace, an incident occurred at TRACON, unrelated to the balloon sighting. TRACON controls the airspace above John F. Kennedy International Airport, Newark Liberty International Airport and LaGuardia Airport. Flights were temporarily grounded, with others not allowed to land, due to smoke and odors at the air traffic facility. Some might say that this should have been the big news out of New York, not the UFO sighting. Some conspiracy theorists might speculate that the two incidents are somehow related, but it’s just a coincidence.
Then, there’s the other top story. Earlier this week, originating from a galaxy far, far away from Earth, the notion that an astronomer may have received an alien signal dominated the news. The astronomer who claims to have received the signal two years ago was painted in a rather unflattering manner. He hasn’t produced any evidence for the signal, but the mere thought of the signal was intriguing. The very next day, it was revealed that Gliese 581g may not even exist for a signal to originate from.
So, in my mind, I am considering the possibilities of these two events. As far as UFO sightings are concerned, I don’t jump to conclusions that UFOs are from space. Although I do write blog posts with breaking news, my regular readers understand that they shouldn’t panic until they get confirmed facts. They also understand what my beliefs are related to UFOs.
It is my belief that we have to try to identify the object, first and foremost. Once we do that, then we can consider where the object came from, then we can consider who was piloting the object. It seems to be reversed for many others, with the assumption of aliens, first and foremost.
These unidentified objects in question are routinely explained away as weather balloons, military planes, planets, missiles, rockets, or swamp gas.
The identification of the objects as “escaped balloons” by a child in New York is quite convincing. The objects were identified. We know what they were, where they came from, and know that the wind piloted them across the sky. Not to mention another group that claimed that celebratory balloons had also been released from Times Square. However, some eyewitnesses to the event are vehemently standing by their firsthand accounts. They speculate that the escaped balloon incidents were just a coincidence, insisting that the events are unrelated.
Last night, I watched UFO videos from Moscow, San Francisco and Seattle that seemed to be similar. These sightings did not get picked up by the media since the focus was on New York. This raises the question of whether the people in these other cities were hoping to see something unusual, as a result of the event in New York.
Videos of objects in the night sky make it really hard to examine and identify objects that could easily be planes or helicopters. Some people do jump the gun when deliberately looking for UFOs. The sightings in major cities on the same day appear to be just a coincidence.
As far as the alien signal in question is concerned, did astronomers jump the gun in announcing the unconfirmed extrasolar planet? Even the Wikipedia entry that I referenced prior to posting the story stated that the existence of Gliese 581g is currently unconfirmed. Although my post was the first post after Space.com’s post, I did make sure to include that word, but it was not used in the slew of articles that I saw after mine.
So, in this case, the investigation method still applies. The object must be identified and confirmed, first, before aliens or other life forms are taken under consideration. I am very hopeful that the existence of Gliese 581g is proven. We have to have proof, first, that it exists.
Are we too anxious to make contact with possible life outside our planet? Are the explanations for the sightings finally getting better?