By Amarin TV and Reuters – published by CNA
GOING viral on Thai social media is a TikTok video showing a strange object flying above Ngamwongwan expressway at 7.48 a.m. yesterday morning (June 1) with the motorist who filmed the clip while stuck in a traffic jam asking whether anyone else had seen what appears to be a UFO, Amarin TV said today (June 2).
The TikTok member said the elliptical object was gliding smoothly while he was driving through the heavy traffic congestion so he picked up his mobile phone and captured it.
“#What is it #UFO #Right?” was his accompanying message.
After the video was published it has been viewed over 200,000 times with there being many comments.
One person said, “Now more visible to the human eye, I saw it too and wanted to film it but was not in time. I have often seen a flying object that looks orange when hit by the rays of the setting sun with my house being near the airport.
“I believe in UFOs, I am certain there is not just us on Earth.”
Meanwhile members of an independent NASA panel studying UFOs, or what the US government now terms UAP for “unidentified anomalous phenomena”, said in their first public meeting on Wednesday (May 31) that scant high-quality data and a lingering stigma pose the greatest barriers to unravelling such mysteries, according to a Reuters report published by CNA.
The 16-member body, formed last year among leading experts from scientific fields ranging from physics to astrobiology, held a four-hour session streamed live on a NASA webcast to deliberate their preliminary findings ahead of issuing a report expected later this summer.
The panel’s chairman, astrophysicist David Spergel, said his team’s role was “not to resolve the nature of these events”, but rather to give NASA a “roadmap” to guide future analysis.
NASA officials said several panellists had been subjected to unspecified “online abuse” and harassment since beginning their work in June last year.
“It is really disheartening to hear of the harassment that our panellists have faced online because they’re studying this topic,” NASA’s science chief, Nicola Fox, said in her opening remarks. “Harassment only leads to further stigmatisation.”
The greatest challenge panel members cited, however, was a dearth of scientifically reliable methods for documenting UFOs, typically sightings of what appear as objects moving in ways that defy the bounds of known technologies and laws of nature.
The underlying problem, they said, is that the phenomena in question are generally being detected and recorded with cameras, sensors and other equipment not designed or calibrated to accurately observe and measure such peculiarities.
“If I were to summarise in one line what I feel we’ve learned, it’s we need high-quality data,” Spergel said. “The current existing data and eyewitness reports alone are insufficient to provide conclusive evidence about the nature and origin of every UAP event.”
Taboos surrounding the issue also remain.
While the Pentagon in recent years has encouraged military aviators to document UAP events, many commercial pilots remain “very reluctant to report” them due to the lingering stigma surrounding such sightings, Spergel said.
The NASA advisory panel represents the first UFO inquiry ever conducted under the auspices of the US space agency for a subject the government once consigned to the exclusive and secretive purview of military and national security officials.
Top and Front Page: Screen grabs of a flying object that could be a UFO. Photos: Amarin TV
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