UFO-Databank is an ongoing effort to catalog the most remarkable UFO reports worldwide from a large set of reference sources. Discovered hoaxes and misidentified mundane events are weeded out, such as fireballs and nightlights.
When investigated, most UFO reports turn into reports of IFOs: Identified Flying Objects. Often they turn out to be planes, balloons, satellites, meteors, reentering space debris, stars, or even the planet Venus. Thus, we focus mainly on:
- Crafts of a definite shape, not simply dots of light, not starlike objects
- Multiple witness cases
- Credible witnesses, such as pilots and police officers on duty
- Close up cases, sightings of the so-called categories CE1 Sighting less than 150 m away, CE2 UFO event with a physical effect and CE3 UFO encounter in which a creature is present
When studied as a group, these case histories exhibit clear patterns which strongly suggest that they belong to a distinct new class of phenomena, rather than being a formless collection of disparate observational errors. UFOs are not all imaginary or seeing too much in some natural phenomena. Something is really flying around. Some common characteristics distilled from reliable close-up UFO reports are:
- Extreme manoeuvrability and ability to hover.
- Extreme accelerations.
- When moving at very high speed, no sonic boom is heard.
- Most viewings occur during the night.
- UFOs are usually silent. At the most, a light hum can sometimes be heard.
- Before 1980, reports mentioned flying discs,
after 1980 most UFOs were triangular.
Only a very small number had other shapes, such as cylinders.
- The reported UFOs never posed a threat, they were not hostile.
- UFOs seem to want to be seen. They often put up a sensational display of lights and hovering over crowded places or highways.
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