Scientists are trying to explain a series of events involving an unidentified flying object caught in and around the Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, airport in April 2013.
A team of analysts working with the Scientific Coalition for UAP — which focuses on unidentifed aerial phenomena — have been pouring over a review of thermal, visual, and sensor data that shows the flying object hurtling through the sky then skimming through the water before splitting into two.
There have been various theories created to explain the phenomenon. Some speculate that it was a Chinese lantern while others say it was a Mylar balloon but in a recent interview with Mystery Wire, Rich Hoffman, one of the co-founders of SCU, says none of these ideas could be proven. The team at SCU have been working to find an explanation, testing these theories, but have come up empty-handed.
"Well, what flies like this, what splits into two, which has this color temperature, or this temperature range that we’re talking about?" he said. "Obviously, we looked at it and there’s one bit in the beginning of it, it looks like a tumbling bloom, but you don’t know. And that’s how we look at it in the visual range. And the thermal range, it could be completely different. That could be the temperature changing around."
Hoffman added that they then looked to see if there was any indication of a propulsion system because "the wind speeds at the altitude that this thing was at was everywhere from 15 to 18 miles an hour heading from the north, east, to the southwest. And this object was moving around into the wind."
Hoffman said they could not see any propulsion, which led them to the next theory - could it be a balloon? And if so, how would that show up in thermal? So they reached out to a FLIR technician who used a Wescam camera to take pictures of a balloon but the thermal did not match.
"And by the way, have you ever heard of a balloon splitting? Well, you know, you get where I’m going, right?" Hoffman added. "So we then said, well, could it be a bird? You know, well, let’s go look. We have pictures of birds in thermal as well done, you know. So you keep going down the list of all the things that could potentially be. And one thing is that you know, how many things split into two identical pieces?"
The report comes after images and videos of UFO sightings by U.S. Navy personnel were leaked. Among them is a video showing three pyramid-shaped UFOs said to be hovering over the USS Russell in July 2019 off the coast of San Diego is authentic, Fox News reported.
"I can confirm that the referenced photos and videos were taken by Navy personnel," Department of Defense spokesperson Susan Gough told the outlet. "The UAPTF (Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force) has included these incidents in their ongoing examinations."
The Pentagon's Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force (UAPTF) is currently investigating the aircrafts to determine what they are.
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