The 400-page report was kept secret for six years. Click here for the "Alleged
UFO sightings" video clip.
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confidential Ministry of Defence report on Unidentified Flying Objects has
concluded that there is no proof of alien life forms.
In spite of the secrecy surrounding the UFO study, it seems citizens of
planet Earth have little to worry about.
The report, which was completed in 2000 and stamped "Secret: UK Eyes Only",
has been made public for the first time.
Only a small number of copies were produced and the identity of the man who
wrote it has been protected.
His findings were only made public thanks to the Freedom of Information Act,
after a request by Sheffield Hallam University academic Dr David Clarke.
The four-year study - entitled Unidentified Aerial Phenomena in the UK -
tackles the long-running question by UFO-spotters: "Is anyone out there?"
The answer, it seems, is "no".
The 400-page report puts it like this: "No evidence exists to
suggest that the phenomena seen are hostile or under any type of control, other
than that of natural physical forces."
It adds: "There is no evidence that 'solid' objects exist which could cause a
So if there are no such things as little green men in spaceships or flying
saucers, why have so many people reported seeing them?
Well, here is the science bit.
"Evidence suggests that meteors and their well-known effects and, possibly
some other less-known effects are responsible for some unidentified aerial
phenomena," concludes the report.
Meteors may have been responsible
for some UFO sightings
"Considerable evidence exists to support the thesis that the
events are almost certainly attributable to physical, electrical and magnetic
phenomena in the atmosphere, mesosphere and ionosphere.
"They appear to originate due to more than one set of weather and
electrically charged conditions, and are observed so infrequently as to make
them unique to the majority of observers."
People who claim to have had a "close encounter" are often difficult to
persuade that they did not really see what they thought they saw. The report
offers a possible medical explanation.
"The close proximity of plasma related fields can adversely affect a vehicle
or person," states the report.
"Local fields of this type have been medically proven to cause responses in
the temporal lobes of the human brain. These result in the observer sustaining
(and later describing and retaining) his or her own vivid, but mainly incorrect,
description of what is experienced."
There are, of course, other causes of UFOs - aeroplanes with particularly
bright lights, stray odd-shaped balloons and strange flocks of birds, to name
but a few.
The report admits its findings will
not persuade everyone
Yet, it will be difficult to convince everyone that there is a
rational explanation for all mysterious movements in the sky.
Some UFO-spotters believe governments will always cover up the truth about
UFOs, because they are afraid of admitting that there is something beyond their
It is not clear how much time and effort the MoD has spent looking at the
skies in recent years, but it appears there are no plans for an in-depth UFO
report like the one written in 2000.