World UFO Day 2013: Top 5 UFO Events Of The Year So Far [VIDEO]
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Today is World UFO Day, a day of awareness for people to discuss UFOs and watch the skies for unidentified flying objects.
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The tradition started in 2001, and originally took place on two days each year, June 24th and July 2nd, significant dates in the UFO world. On June 24, 1947, a pilot named Kenneth Arnold claimed to have seen nine glowing objects flying in a V formation over Mount Rainier in Washington state -- what many consider the first UFO sighting. And that same year, on July 2, the Roswell UFO is said to have crashed in New Mexico. To eliminate the confusion of having two World UFO Days, the World UFO Day Organization eventually declared July 2 to be the official day.
According to the World UFO Day site, the purpose is to raise awareness about "the undoubted existence" of UFOs and aliens, as well as to "encourage governments to declassify their knowledge about sightings throughout the history." A map at the World UFO Day site shows locations where you can celebrate.
Or you can simply celebrate right here, with the following roundup of recent UFO sightings and other activities in the realm of outer space...
UFO Spotted Over Historic San Diego Barn
In May, Ellen Henry, a San Diego, Calif., woman was visiting Edgemoor Barn when she photographed a shiny Frisbee-like object in the sky. Henry was so spooked by the possible UFO sighting that she didn't want to be shown on camera when a news crew interviewed her. She told ABC that after taking a photo of the possible UFO, her camera stopped working.
Air China UFO Collision
A Chinese passenger jet had to perform an emergency landing in June when a foreign object collided with the plane mid-flight, causing a loud bang and a huge dent in the plane. There was no sign that the plan was struck by a bird, as there were no feathers or blood in the cone of the plane where the object struck, leading some to speculate that the foreign object may have been something otherworldly.
UFO Document Treasure Trove
Last month, Britain released a 4,300-page report and cache of files from its shuttered "UFO Desk." The government shut down the department because it didn't have the resources to investigate the many UFO claims it received. But the upshot was the release of many, many UFO documents, which should keep any enthusiast busy. The files include such highlights as images of a UFO hovering above parliament and an odd incident in which a police helicopter almost hit a UFO. Below, one expert goes through some highlights from the files.
The 1950 Guy Hottel Memo
In March, the FBI commented on a publicly-disclosed file which is the most popular in its public vault: a 1950 memo from Guy Hottel, head of the Washington, D.C., FBI field office, to FBI director J. Edgar Hoover, regarding a third-party's description of flying saucers in New Mexico:
"[The saucers] were described as being circular in shape with raised centers, approximately 50 feet in diameter. Each one was occupied by three bodies of human shape but only three feet tall, dressed in metallic cloth of a very fine texture. Each body was bandaged in a manner similar to the blackout suits used by speed fliers and test pilots."
But that's about where the story ends. The FBI didn't take the third-party account, which Hottel related too seriously, and had stopped investigating UFO sightings. "Sorry," the FBI said in its March 2013 press release, "no smoking gun on UFOs. The mystery remains..."
Send A Text Message To An Alien
The recently-launched Lone Signal project sends a continuous stream of text and picture messages out into the universe in the hopes of contacting aliens. Anyone can use the service to beam any message they desire. The messages are shot towards Gliese 526, a red dwarf star 18 light years away which is a possible candidate for extraterrestrial life due to its Earth-like climate.
Bonus: UFO Documentary
If you've got about two hours on your hands, watch Out of the Blue, UFOTV's 2002 documentary that looks at sightings of UFOs and subsequent cover-ups.
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