Almost two thousand people in Maryland have reported seeing something unexplained in the sky over the past two decades. Commonly known as UFOs, the unknown objects have a new name and new attention from the government. WJZ Investigator Mike Hellgren takes you inside the Mysteries in the Sky.
America has long been fascinated by whether there is life outside of Earth and whether that life is trying to somehow contact us. Earlier this year, Congress held oversight hearings about what used to be called UFOs and are now called UAPs or “unidentified aerial or anomalous phenomena,” objects that defy an easy explanation.
The UAP issue gained widespread attention from lawmakers and the public in recent years with the release of several video recordings of the encounters, which typically show seemingly nondescript objects moving through the air at very high speeds with no apparent method of propulsion.
“It’s heartening to me that so many people are coming forward now. We are getting significantly more reports than just six months or a year ago,” said Peter Davenport who directs the National UFO Reporting Center. Davenport has tracked hundreds of reports from Maryland on his website, the National UFO Reporting Center.
“There have been 1,923 reports from the state of Maryland,” he said. “I don’t know what the future has in store for us, but I am encouraged that more people are coming forward and the government recognizes the UFO phenomenon that’s something worthy of their attention.” Many of the thousands of reports worldwide are centered on the United States’ East and West coasts, the Middle East and the South China Sea.