Are we alone in the universe? Are mysterious objects seen in the sky evidence of extraterrestrial life or are they something else? This age-old question has been the source of much speculation, from biblical tales of angelic encounters to modern accounts of flying saucers. Now, with the release of an unclassified report on Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAPs) to Congress by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, and with the formation of the All-Domain Anomaly Resolution Office (AARO) by the Department of Defense, there is an increased focus on studying UAPs.

NASA has also created a 16-member blue-ribbon UAP study team to improve the scientific understanding of UAPs, while private research efforts are also underway. The Galileo Project, for example, has deployed sensitive astronomical gear to capture scientific measurements of UAPs, and UAPx is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the scientific study of UAPs that deploys customized, sensor-laden gear.

Enigma Labs has developed a mobile platform for crowdsourcing UAP reports, and is working to educate the public on what UAPs are not. But what about when UAPs are identified? What then? Leslie Kean, a veteran investigative reporter, suggests that “whistleblowers are needed to provide hard evidence of the reality of these objects”.

As the technology available to us continues to improve, and as more and more organizations continue to investigate UAPs, the mystery of what is seen in the sky may soon be revealed. Until then, let the speculation continue.