What Should We Know about UFOs and MUFON?
The scientific investigation of UFOs could answer many questions
People have been spotting Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs) for thousands of years, even during biblical times, as described in the Book of Ezekiel, for example. Some people like to highlight these sightings as evidence for the existence of “ancient aliens.”
Be that as it may, UFO sightings didn’t increase with frequency until the late 1800s, about the time large, efficient telescopes and astrophotography were made available to scientists and lay people. Then, once aircraft were produced in the early 1900s, UFO sightings increased greatly. But it took the dawn of both the Jet Age and Space Age to make UFO sightings downright commonplace. Haven’t you seen one or two? Hasn’t everybody?
By this time people began having “close encounters” with aliens, as dramatized in the movie, Close Encounters of the Third Kind. And some people have claimed that aliens examined them in a medical fashion, perhaps using the famous “anal probe,” while others had sex with adventurous extraterrestrials.
During the 1960s, a time of numerous UFO sightings, particularly in the United States, the Mutual UFO Network, or MUFON, a non-profit organization, was established in May 1969. Founded by Walter H. Andrus Jr., Allen Utke and John F. Schuessler in Quincy, Illinois, MUFON’s earlier members were associated with the Aerial Phenomena Research Organization.
Presently, MUFON has over 3,000 members, most of whom live in the U.S. It has a Board of Directors and an Executive Committee. MUFON also has a Board of Consultants representing some 45 areas of science and technology, including medicine, psychiatry, psychology, theology, engineering, astronomy, communications, political science, photo analysis and many more disciplines (most consultants have PhDs or MDs.) Membership is by appointment only and appropriate dues must be paid.
As MUFON’s website states, the purpose of MUFON is “the scientific study of UFOs for the benefit of humanity.”
By the way, one of the reasons MUFON was created is because the United States Air Force ceased operations for its “Project Blue Book” in December 1969, bringing to an end the U.S. military’s scientific investigation of UFOs and UFO-related data.
MUFON has chapters in Ohio, Florida, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Arizona and Tennessee. Its headquarters is located in Morrison, Colorado. The organization publishes the monthly MUFON UFO Journal.
UFO Sightings Increasing
According to an article on the website for Open Minds magazine, MUFON’s international director, Clifford Clift, told news agencies such as Fox News that over 1,000 UFO sightings had been received across the U.S. during August 2011. The usual number of sightings is about 500 per month. Clift said sightings have increased because people tend to look in the sky more during the summer, and UFO movies make people more interested in the subject.
MUFON began adding information about sightings to its database in 2006; also, an effort has been made to enter older historical reports in the database. Actually, 2009 had the highest number of reports since 2000.
By the way, MUFON receives many of its reports from people via emails. During August 2011, California, the most populous state, filed the most reports: 127. Florida was second with 69. Seemingly, the most populous states had the most reports.
UFO Sighting in Missouri
According to an article in Examiner.com, MUFON assistant director Margie Kay reported that 17 independent witnesses spotted a UFO flying at low altitude in the Kansas City, Missouri area in early October 2011. In fact, there had been 62 UFO sightings in the KC area in the prior 90 days, and a report of 84 in the entire state for the same period.
MUFON asked that anyone else who saw the UFO to send photos or videos, which are useful in such investigations.
In this case, MUFON sent its STAR team to the area. The STAR team can send investigators and scientists to any location with 24 hours. Witnesses reported that the UFO, triangular or boomerang-like in shape, hovered at times and one time flipped 90 degrees on its side. Then the UFO flew off at a high rate of speed, leaving a black contrail and making no noise.
MUFON checked radar reports and airport logs, creating a time-line with sight locations, and will eventually release a final report of these related sightings.
MUFON appears to be a very professional, scientific organization whose credo seems honorable, that is, helping the public ascertain the identity of today’s numerous UFO sightings. Of course, if UFOs are nothing more than aircraft or natural phenomena, is MUFON just a lot of fuss about the commonplace?
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