We don’t know if aliens have visited our planet, but we’re pretty confident there is such a thing as UFOs — and you will be too after watching this recently-released footage from the U.S. Navy.
Of course, the term U.F.O. simply stands for “Unidentified Flying Object” and does not imply any sort of extraterrestrial origin, but it’s hard not to let one’s imagination wander while watching this new footage. According to a New York Times report, multiple U.S. Navy pilots reported seeing some mysterious objects flying over the east coast of the U.S. nearly every day from the summer of 2014 through March 2015. These objects were spotted 30,000 feet in the air, had no noticeable engine or exhaust, and were able to perform maneuvers that manned vehicles can not, like making sudden stops and instantaneous turns at hypersonic speeds.
The objects have absolutely baffled the Navy, who can’t seem to figure out what they are or where they came from. “These things would be out there all day,” Navy Lieutenant Ryan Graves told the Times. “Keeping an aircraft in the air requires a significant amount of energy. With the speeds we observed, 12 hours in the air is 11 hours longer than we’d expect.” One pilot even reported having nearly collided with one of the UFOs as it flew next to his cockpit, describing the object as a “sphere encasing a cube.”
The video, released by the Times, is certainly shocking. In it, pilots observe some of the objects while commenting on their movements — including when one very creepily rotates on an invisible axis. Pretty much the only thing we can say for certain upon watching the footage is that these pilots are just as confused by what they’re witnessing as we are.
As for what these objects could be, the Navy isn’t saying. Some have speculated that they’re a classified form of advanced drone. A senior astrophysicist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Leon Golub, has his own theories. “There are so many other possibilities,” he told the Times. “Bugs in the code for the imaging and display systems, atmospheric effects and reflections, neurological overload from multiple inputs during high-speed flight.”
Despite all of these other possible explanations, though, we all know what the real answer is to the question of these objects’ origin…