Nasa reveals exact type of UFO seen 'all over the WORLD' as sightings spark briefings of UK & US spies and scientists | The Sun

NASA has revealed the most common type of UFO seen all over the world – as the mystery sightings spark a rare briefing.

Dr Sean Kirkpatrick, director of US Department of Defence's UFO task force, shared declassified footage of the exact size and shape of UFO that experts are "hunting" for.

Nasa held its first public meeting on its study of UFOs on Wednesday ahead of a landmark report expected later this summer.

The 16-member panel – made up of top experts from scientific fields ranging from physics to astrobiology – has been tasked with probing mystery events in the sky.

Sharing his latest findings with the panel, Dr Kirkpatrick revealed that the majority of UFOs spotted are metallic spherical orbs.

They are usually seen at an altitude between 10,000ft and 30,000ft, and up to four metres in size, he explained.

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"The vast majority of what has been reported and what we have data on – a little less than half now – are orbs round spheres," he said.

"This is the thing we are out hunting for in most cases."

As an example, Dr Kirkpatrick shared declassified footage of a metallic orb in the Middle East in 2022 by an MQ-9 Reaper.

He described it as "a typical example of the thing that we see most of".

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He added: "We see these all over the world and we see these making very interesting apparent manoeuvres.

"This one in particular, however, demonstrated no enigmatic technical capabilities and was no threat to airborne safety.

"While we are still looking at it, I don't have any more data.

"Being able to come to some conclusion will take some time until we can get better resolved data on similar objects that we can then do a larger analysis on."

Last year, an incredible image captured by a US spy plane showed a metallic orb UFO flying over Iraq.

The picture – captured in 2016 – was included in a classified briefing video shown to American government agencies.

Dr Kirkpatrick said his task force – the All-domain Anomaly Resolution Office – receives between 50 to 100 new reports every month.

But he explained that the number of sightings which are "possibly really anomalous" are 2 per cent to 5 per cent of the total database.

UFOs are dubbed as UAP for "unidentified anomalous phenomena" by the US government.

And experts revealed that the limited high-quality data and lingering stigma over UFOs pose huge barriers to unravelling the mysteries.

Nasa officials said several of the panellists had faced "online abuse" and harassment since beginning their work in June last year.

Nasa's science chief, Nicola Fox, said: "It is really disheartening to hear of the harassment that our panellists have faced online because they're studying this topic.

"Harassment only leads to further stigmatisation."

David Spergel, chair of the Nasa team studying UFOs, added that many commercial pilots remain "very reluctant to report" UFOs due to the lingering stigma around such sightings.

UFOs and UAP have moved from the realm of conspiracy theories to be regarded as a US national security problem.

Nasa's study is separate from the Pentagon's probe into unidentified aerial phenomena, which has been studied by US intelligence officials.

Wednesday's briefing was the panel's first public meeting a year after launching the study into unexplained sightings.

The independent panel of experts includes 16 scientists and experts selected by Nasa – including retired astronaut Scott Kelly, the first American to spend nearly a year in space.

Answering one of the most commonly asked questions during the briefing, Spergel said: "We haven't found life beyond Earth yet, but we're looking."

And Nasa's Dan Evans said after the meeting: "I want to emphasise this loud and proud: There is absolutely no convincing evidence for extraterrestrial life associated with unidentified objects."

Astronaut Kelly said optical illusions can help explain some of the sightings.

He described the moment he was flying off Virginia Beach years ago when his radar intercept officer in the back seat was convinced they had flown past a UFO.

Kelly said: "It turns out it was Bart Simpson, a balloon.

"And in my experience, the sensors kind of have the same issues as the people's eyeballs."

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The group is examining what unclassified information is available on UFOs and how much more is needed to understand what's going on in the sky.

The final report is expected by the end of July.

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