Mysterious white lights spotted over the UK's Greater Manchester area on Monday have sparked speculation of the alien persuasion, local media outlets have
reported this week.
The lights were spotted by residents in Gorton, Denton, Droylsden and Stockport, according to the Manchester Evening News, which noted that many of the lights were seen at roughly
8:30 p.m. local time.
Mysterious white lights spotted over Greater Manchester
it's not clear exactly what caused the luminescent display, netizens have thoughts on the matter. Some suggested that the lights were the result of a nighttime shooting by a film crew — or your run-of-the-mill UFO sighting.
dashcam video uploaded on YouTube — which was later shared by website UFO Reporters — showed a "single strange light in the sky" appear before it was joined by two additional white lights. It's unclear why the
content was removed from the the video-sharing site.
This incident, however, isn't the first instance of curious lights appearing in UK skies.
Earlier this year in August, a strange "pulsating" purple glow was spotted in the
Manchester area by locals. It ultimately turned out to be caused by a tamping machine UK authorities were using while conducting maintenance railwork in the Stalybridge area, the Manchester Evening News reported.
video, which was made by an unknown stargazer, has already provoked uproar among YouTube users, with some arguing that it was authentic footage, whereas others insisted that the clip was a fake.
Footage of what
looks like a mysterious object moving over the moon's surface has emerged on YouTube.
The video, which was made by an unnamed astronomer via a telescope, has been uploaded by a YouTube user under the handle mavi777, who touted the clip as "the best UFO footage of all time on the moon surface".
The 110-second clip showed a small white object, which seems to burst out from a crater, moving leftwards, over the
Newly released documents from the US Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) reveal more detail about
the secretive Advanced Aerospace Threat and Identification Program (AATIP), through which the US researched what many might consider to be "fringe science" like stargates, warp drives and extra dimensions.
of the program, which officially ran from 2007 to 2012 thanks to $22 million in annual funding from the defense budget, were obtained and shared on Wednesday by Nike Pope, a British researcher who previously investigated
reports of UFO sightings for the UK's Ministry of Defense.
The Congressional letter obtained by Pope includes a list of 38 products that the AATIP investigated for the DIA. "The purpose of the
AATIP was to investigate foreign advanced aerospace weapon threats from the present out to the next 40 years," the letter explains.
The final three pages of the letter disclose various projects on the topics of invisibility cloaking; traversable wormholes, stargates and negative energy; field effects on biological tissues; warp
drives, dark energy and the manipulation of extra dimensions, among others.
However, other than listing the project titles and associated officials, the documents fail to give further insight on the results of those investigations.
"What better way to hide a UFO program than by embedding it in an aerospace program, looking at the 'unknowns' in parallel with the more conventional threats posed by the next generation of aircraft,
missiles and drones?" Pope told Sputnik via email.
"While this is another intriguing piece of the puzzle, it still doesn't give us a definitive answer to the question of whether AATIP was a program looking at next-generation
aerospace threats, or whether, as has been claimed, ‘foreign advanced aerospace weapon threats' is coded language for UFOs," he wrote. "Perhaps the truth lies somewhere in between."
While UFO skeptics and believers alike will continue
to debate the existence of UFOs, Pope stressed that actual, serious research should continue. "Some people might call it fringe science, but I regard it as low probability/high impact work, where the immense potential payoffs more than justify
the initial expense," he told Sputnik.
In December 2017, a New York Times profile on the AATIP revealed that the program
was still investigating UFO sightings despite it having been officially shuttered in 2012, sources familiar with the program told the outlet.
However, in a statement to the Times, Pentagon officials explained that the program
was indeed closed down after senior officials "determined that there were other, higher priority issues that merited funding, and it was in the best interest of the DoD to make a change."
The AATIP was initiated
in 2007 by Harry Reid, who at the time was the Senate majority leader. A letter
obtained in 2018 by journalist George Knapp shows that in 2009, Reid warned then-Deputy Secretary of Defense William Lynn III of the presence of "far term foreign aerospace threats" that have the potential to cause "catastrophic
effects," Exo News reported.
Without specifically mentioning UFOs, Reid further explained to Lynn that the work of AATIP "would not only benefit the US Government but I believe will directly benefit the Department of Defense
in ways not imagined."
The AATIP first made headlines in 2017 after it released video footage showing a 2004 encounterbetween two
US Navy F/A 18 Super Hornets and, of course, an unknown object. In the recording, the fighter pilots attempt to intercept the unidentified object, described as having "no obvious wings or tails," but are ultimately unsuccessful. It's still
unclear what exactly the pilots encountered during their flight.
Less than two weeks earlier, conspiracy lovers eagerly chewed over alleged UFO sightings in the Irish skies; however, even non-believers were about to switch sides having learnt
a probe was launched over the cases.
A video has emerged on the YouTube channel UFO Today showing ‘a black triangle UFO feeding’ on the energy of 200,000 ampere lightning strikes ‘to
load their intergalactic batteries’, the caption below the footage stated, adding that the incident recorded on 22 November was not the first time that an alleged UFO was caught on camera, bringing up one case in 2017 in the
Conspiracy theorists further depicted the
vehicle, which goes by the abbreviation TR3B – ‘a terrestrial aircraft that was built on re-engineered technology from an extra-terrestrial civilization when their aircraft crash landed into earth’.
were able to re-engineer the technology in order to create anti-gravity propulsion systems’, the website writers pointed out, asking readers to give their take on the matter.
Some chose to make a couple of amendments
to the conspiracy theory:
‘Just because this is a triangle does not mean this is TR3B… these are THEIRS not ours… ARCTURIAN to be exact’, one stated, with another one suggesting that it could be man-made, for instance,
a surveillance plane.
The news came shortly after reports over ‘apparent’ UFO sightings in Northern Ireland this month, as dash-cam footage uploaded by conspiracy channel Disclose TV appeared to showcase two weird,
brightly-lit objects flying across the sky.
In a parallel
development, at least three pilots asserted in mid-November that they saw the same glittering object disappearing into thin air in a matter
of seconds, even as authorities claim that no military training was underway at the time in the area. The first of the sightings reportedly occurred while one of the pilots was on board a Boeing 787, while en route from Heathrow
Two more pilots chimed in, sharing the same impressions, with one expressing relief that it wasn’t ‘just him’, which prompted the Irish Aviation Authority to go as far as kick off a probe
into the UFO sightings.