With news of three unidentified aerial phenomena (UAPs) being shot down throughout the North American continent, front and center in the media, National Geographic’s latest docuseries, UFOs: Investigating the Unknown, could not have debuted at a more opportune time.
The series takes an in-depth look at the phenomenon of unidentified flying objects. The concept of investigating these mysterious objects is nothing new, but Nat Geo’s latest take is the first major UFO media offering following a 2022 open Congress hearing on the still unexplained sightings.
On May 17, 2022, members of the United States House Intelligence Subcommittee on Counterterrorism, Counterintelligence and Counterproliferation held congressional hearings with top military officials to discuss military reports of unexplained aerial phenomena. It was the first public congressional hearing into UFO sightings in the US in over 50 years.
This is not your average “conspiracy theory” series headed by “ancient astronaut theorists.” There has been a renewed focus on UFOs by legitimate journalists and multiple branches of government since the Pentagon released footage of Navy pilot encounters with UAPs in 2018.
The five-part series explores UFO sightings, encounters and cover-ups, and brings together a team of experts from various fields, including aviation, physics, and journalism to examine evidence and determine the truth behind these strange and often baffling occurrences.
According to the series, sightings of unidentified flying objects have been reported for centuries, but with technological advances, the documentation of these sightings has become more widespread and credible. The series opens with the famous 1997 Phoenix Lights incident, which was captured on video and remains one of the most well-documented UFO sightings in history.
“I think we’re pretty clear by now that they’re not man-made technology, at least not all of them,” said New York Times contributor Leslie Kean. “Some of them perhaps in more recent years are human — you know secret American technology. And for good reason. They don’t wanna disclose that for national security reasons, but it doesn’t explain the phenomenon itself. They were seen in the 50s and 60s behaving the same way that they behaved today.”
UFOs: Investigating the Unknown also delves into the government’s involvement in UFO research and cover-ups.
“I’ve seen a lot of classified files, and I’ve seen a lot of evidence that makes me believe that we’re not alone in the universe, and that some of these UFO sightings are of extraterrestrial origin,” said Nick Pope, a former Ministry of Defence official, in the series.
Rooted in Science
The series also examines scientific explanations for UFO sightings, including natural phenomena, military aircraft, and even mass delusions. One of the scientists featured in the series, Dr. Eric Davis, a physicist and UFO researcher, states: “Some UFO sightings can be explained by conventional means, but there are many that remain unexplained and can only be considered as genuine, unknown flying objects.”
Throughout the series, the experts investigate various UFO sightings and encounters, including the recent Tic Tac UFO encounter by U.S. Navy pilots, and conclude about the truth behind these strange occurrences. The series offers a balanced examination of the subject and raises important questions about the possibility of extraterrestrial life and the implications for our future.
A Comprehensive View
UFOs: Investigating the Unknown is a thought-provoking and, to-date, one of the most comprehensive examinations of the phenomenon of unidentified flying objects.
The series brings together experts from a variety of fields to examine evidence and provide insights into some of the most intriguing UFO sightings and encounters. Whether you are a skeptic or a believer, this series is a must-watch for anyone interested in the subject of UFOs.
UFOs: Investigating the Unknown airs Feb. 13 at 9 pm/8 central on the National Geographic channel and will stream on Hulu the following day.