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Scientists hunting UFOs mistook lunchtime microwave for radio burst signals

Scientists hunting for signs of intelligent life in the universe were bamboozled by readings emitted from their own microwave heating up meals at lunchtime.

The discovery by Australian researchers was described at a public meeting held by NASA on Wednesday to reveal the results of a year-long study into UFOS (unexplained flying objects) globally.

A televised hearing by the space agency featured an independent panel of experts, including 16 scientists and retired astronaut Scott Kelly, the first American to spend almost a year in space.

The study is a first step in trying to explain mysterious sightings in the sky that it calls UAPs, or unidentified aerial phenomena, but are commonly known as UFOs.

As an example of how difficult it is to study evidence of UFOs or intelligent life in space, panel chair David Spergel revealed how researchers in Australia mistook their own microwave for radio burst signals.

He said: “They had really strange structure. People couldn’t figure out what was going on. Then they start to notice a lot of them bunched together around lunch time.

“What had happened was that the people in the observatory would heat up their lunch in the microwave. It produced a burst of radio signals that was picked up by sensitive detectors.”

It was also revealed that some of the panel members had been subjected to “online abuse” for taking part in the research into extra-terrestrial life, to such an extant that the agency said NASA security was dealing it.

Dan Evans, defended the panel and said: “It’s precisely this rigorous, evidence-based approach that allows one to separate the fact from fiction.”

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The group is looking at what unclassified information is available on UAPs, or UFOs, and how much more is needed to understand what’s going on in the sky, according to astrophysicist Dr Spergel, the committee’s chair who runs the Simons Foundation.

Around 800 UAP cases have been reported in the past year, but the panel said “less than a single digit percentage” of those reported each month were thought to contain anomalies requiring investigation.

Althought nne UAP, a “metallic orb” spotted over the Middle East and reported to the US Department of Defence, has yet to be explained.

Of the 800 plus UAP cases reported, NASA said “less than single digit percentages” are thought to contain anomalies requiring investigation.

According to NASA, no secret US military data is being used in this study, such as anything surrounding the suspected spy balloons from China spotted flying over the United States earlier this year.

The meeting was held at at NASA headquarters in Washington with the public taking part remotely and a final report is expected by the end of July.

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