Why scientists are finally taking UFOs seriously


Scientists are beginning to study UFOs in a rigorous way, legitimising a field long considered marginal.

Long relegated to the rank of pseudoscience, the study of UFOs (now known as unidentified aerial phenomena, or UAPs) is gaining in legitimacy thanks to researchers like Richard Hoffman and organisations like the Scientific Coalition for UAP Studies (SCU). These initiatives collect and analyse scientific data, generating peer-reviewed publications. Recent revelations and serious research successes show that UAP is no longer a subject of ridicule but a legitimate area of study, although stigma persists in the scientific community.

History and evolution of the study of UFOs

Controversial beginnings

For decades, UFOs have been seen as objects of ridicule by the scientific community. Reports and studies such as the Condon Report in 1969 reinforced this scepticism by concluding that UFO sightings were either hoaxes or misinterpretations. This report led to the closure of the US Air Force’s Project Blue Book, designed to study UFOs, declaring that these phenomena were of no scientific interest.

Paradigm shift

Recently, a paradigm shift has taken place with the US Navy’s official recognition of UAPs and the disclosure of videos showing unidentified aerial objects violating US airspace. These revelations have sparked renewed interest and enabled organisations like the SCU to carry out rigorous research.

The SCU stands out for its scientific approach, collecting precise data and publishing studies in academic journals. For example, their detailed report on the Nimitz incident in 2004, where navy pilots intercepted an unknown object, concluded that the object’s capabilities exceeded all known technologies.

Consequences for scientific research

This paradigm shift has removed some of the stigma surrounding the study of UFOs. However, mistrust persists, and many scientists are still reluctant to go public for fear of damaging their careers. Initiatives such as the creation of the academic journal Limina by the SCU aim to provide a legitimate platform for the publication of research on UAPs.

Significant SCU contributions

Methodology and data analysis

The SCU focuses on the scientific analysis of UAP cases where multisensory data, such as radar tracks and videos, are available. This approach contrasts with the more anecdotal and less rigorous methods employed by other organisations. For example, the analysis of the Nimitz incident involved an exhaustive review of the available data, including pilot testimonies, radar recordings and videos taken by the cameras of the F-18 fighters.

Publications and results

The SCU’s work has led to the publication of several articles in scientific journals, helping to legitimise the study of UAPs. These peer-reviewed publications are essential for establishing standards of scientific rigour in this field. By studying complex and well-documented incidents, the SCU demonstrates that PAUs can be analysed objectively and systematically, providing reliable and reproducible results.

Advantages and disadvantages

The scientific approach of UCS has several advantages, including greater credibility and acceptance by the scientific community. However, this rigorous approach can also be limited by the availability of data and the reluctance of witnesses to share sensitive information. In addition, the study of UAPs is still confronted with significant prejudices, which can slow down progress in this field.


Impact of recent studies on UAPs

Impact on national security

Recent studies, such as those conducted by the SCU, have highlighted incidents where UAPs have penetrated restricted airspace, raising questions of national security. These incursions raise concerns about the nature and intentions of these objects, and call for greater understanding and surveillance.

Implications for technology and science

The capabilities of the UAPs observed, often described as surpassing known technologies, are forcing scientists to reconsider the current limits of physics and engineering. For example, the speed, manoeuvrability and propulsion modes of the UAPs studied in the Nimitz incident defy conventional explanations, suggesting unknown technological advances or natural phenomena not yet understood.

Consequences for public perception

The official recognition of UAPs and the publication of rigorous research have also changed the public perception of UFOs. What was once relegated to conspiracy theories and science fiction stories is now considered a serious subject of scientific research. This development could encourage more reports of sightings and greater openness on the part of the authorities to share information.

Future perspectives and recommendations

Integration of UAP research into academic institutions

To continue to legitimise the study of PUDs, it is crucial to integrate this research into established academic and scientific institutions. This could include creating dedicated research programmes, collaborating with government agencies and securing funding for large-scale studies.

Encouraging data transparency and sharing

Transparency and data sharing are essential for progress in understanding PAUs. Governments and research institutions must work together to declassify relevant information and enable open and exhaustive scientific analysis.

Development of advanced observation technologies

The development of new observation technologies, such as automated multisensory monitoring systems, can improve the collection of data on UAPs. Projects such as UFOData and Project Hessdalen demonstrate the importance of continuous and systematic monitoring of unexplained aerial phenomena.

The scientific community taking UAPs seriously represents an important turning point. Although challenges remain, the progress made by organisations such as the SCU shows that the study of UAPs can be carried out in a rigorous and scientific manner. By continuing to remove the stigma and encouraging open and collaborative research, we may one day be able to fully understand these mysterious phenomena.

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