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The Sciences

UFOh noes!

Bad AstronomyBy Phil PlaitMay 9, 2008 10:30 PM

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I got an email from writer Paul McNamara about my recent comments complaining about shoddy journalism when it comes to UFO reports. Turns out he wrote a list of 10 reasons not to believe in UFOs, and while it's a tad snarky it really hits the high notes. To his list, I'll add my #1 reason of all time: why don't amateur astronomers report them in record numbers? After all, who spends more time looking at the sky? The fact that few if any amateurs report them is a pretty clear case that the vast majority, at least, of all UFO reports are misunderstood mundane objects like airplanes, satellites, reflections, meteors, and Venus. Sometimes even the Moon, amazingly. When a flying saucer lands on the White House lawn, someone call me.

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