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UAP sightings don't conform to laws of physics, new paper claims

By T.K. Randall
March 12, 2023 · Comment icon 5 comments
An aerial view of the Pentagon.
Either the data is wrong, or something strange is going on. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 4.0 Touch Of Light
Harvard's Avi Loeb and the Pentagon's Dr. Sean Kirkpatrick have co-authored a new paper on the subject.
The paper, which is still undergoing peer review, is entitled 'Physical Constraints on Unidentified Aerial Phenomena' and examines the alleged movements and capabilities of unexplained objects sighted by US Navy pilots off the coast of the United States.

The pair are certainly no strangers to UFOs; Loeb is an astrophysicist who has been heavily involved in the search for signs of extraterrestrial intelligence while Dr Kirkpatrick is the director of the Pentagon's All-domain Anomaly Resolution Office (AARO).

In the new paper, they argue that the alleged capabilities of these "highly maneuverable" objects are so extreme that the sheer friction involved should have produced a visible fireball as well as a corresponding radio signature that could be picked up on radar.
The fact that these effects weren't present at the time suggests that either these objects were somehow defying the laws of physics or the data concerning such encounters may not be entirely accurate.

"We derive physical constraints on interpretations of 'highly maneuverable' Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP) based on standard physics and known forms of matter and radiation," they wrote.

"In particular, we show that the friction of UAP with the surrounding air or water is expected to generate a bright optical fireball, ionization shell and tail - implying radio signatures."

"The lack of all these signatures could imply inaccurate distance measurements (and hence derived velocity) for single site sensors without a range gate capability."

Source: Forbes | Comments (5)

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Comment icon #1 Posted by OverSword 1 year ago
Cheat codes in our matrix? I have long theorized that the reason no unified theory of physics has been reached is because unnatural conditions have been set in our simulation making it impossible to reconcile.  Possibly UFO’s ability to defy physics is because their operators know how to hack or cheat in our reality.  Okay let me have it haters 
Comment icon #2 Posted by Grim Reaper 6 1 year ago
Hey, that’s classified information, you should not release our secrets on a Internet forum!
Comment icon #3 Posted by Nicolette 1 year ago
This just means they arent understanding that laws of physics that apply to our range of matter don't necessarily apply to interdimensional craft capable of traversing phases of matter. Honestly the maneuvers, disappearing/reappearing, and ease of transition in and out of water should be a clue.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Betorn 1 year ago
Here we go again trying to apply earthbound science to space alien technology. Just admit we care not alone and adjust to living with it.       
Comment icon #5 Posted by Cho Jinn 1 year ago
I came home from work yesterday and did not find these “UFOs” tag teaming my wife on the couch, ergo, they don’t exist - I mean, where’s the evidence?!? Subscribe to Skeptical Inquirer today!

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