Nasa says it can’t explain some UFO sightings as our map reveals almost 1,000 unexplained objects that have been spotted above the UK in the last two-and-a-half years – including 53 in Yorkshire.
The space agency has published a report into hundreds of unidentified flying objects, or UAPs – unidentified anomalous phenomena – as it calls them. Releasing the findings, Nasa administrator Bill Nelson said: “The Nasa independent study team did not find any evidence that UAP have an extraterrestrial origin.
“But we don’t know what they are. That’s why I’m announcing that Nasa has appointed a Nasa director of UAP research. They are being tasked with developing and overseeing the implementation of Nasa’s vision for UAP research.”
He said the agency wants to “shift the conversation about UAP, from sensationalism to science”, and address some of the stigma around UFO sightings. He added that new science techniques and artificial intelligence (AI) were needed to better understand them.
The Nasa intervention comes as almost 1,000 unexplained objects have been documented in the skies above the UK between January 2021 and May this year by the UFO spotter website UFO Identified. That includes 27 sightings above Yorkshire in 2021, 25 last year, and one between January and May this year. Sightings documented in Yorkshire included:
“Two thin, black curved elongated triangles” that were seen flying above Leeds before they “stopped in mid-air” in June 2021.
A “silver sausage-shaped object” estimated at 600ft long that “began to turn black and then disappeared” when it was spotted above Barnsley, also in June 2021. And a “rust-coloured sphere” that was observed “hovering in place” about 15ft above a garden in Mexborough in March last year.