Wednesday, 14 May, 2008 Science
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British Secret Files of UFOs Uncovered

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The secret details of "X-files" presenting numerous sightings of UFOs in the UK were exposed to the public. The files were released by the Ministry of Defence by request of Freedom of Information by UFO conspiracy theorists.

The files show that the number of sightings of Unidentified Flying Objects increased considerably after 1977 which coincided with the release of Steven Speilberg's movie 'Close Encounters of the Third Kind', depicting extraterrestrial beings.

Nick Pope, a scientist who worked for the MoD for 21 years studying the sightings reported that in spite of the fact that there was no evidence of the "little green men" in the files, some reports present a great interest to "skeptics and believers".

The files included the sightings reported by pilots and police officers, and even UFOs identified on radar. Some of the sightings were later revealed as being space junk, weather balloons and cloud formations as well as aircraft lights and meteors.

However, a lot of people reporting about UFOs seemed to have the evidence and that cannot be denied.

The reports include a sensational Rendlesham Forest case that occurred on 13th January 1981. Charles Halt, a security patrolman claimed to see a triangular shaped object with red and blue lights around 9ft long and 6ft high in the forest that flew away as he approached. The UFO was also spotted by other airmen.

After the investigation, it was discovered that the place where the UFO was seen, there were three depressions in a triangular shape which could not be accounted by the presence of aircraft. The experts investigating the case did not explain the phenomenon.

In another case in December 1981, the UFO described as intense green light was reported by 12 police officers in Northumbria.

Dr David Clarke, journalism lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University, who encouraged the release of the files, said "Personally I think that some of the sightings have got to be of scientific interest. There are some that just cannot be explained."

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