While 2020 has been a pretty wild year. There a perfectly reasonable explanation behind Monday’s viral “U̳F̳O̳” sighting in New Jersey.
Some New Jersey residents thought they had captured footage of a real-life “U̳F̳O̳” on Monday night. Turned out it was just the Goodyear Blimp.
Several videos went viral on TikTok and Twitter featuring a “U̳F̳O̳” that hovering over part of New Jersey and seemed to glowing. The videos showed many people had even pulled over onto the side of the highway to try. And catch a glimpse of what they thought a supernatural sighting from beyond Earth.
One TikTok video had millions of views and more than 650,000 likes, as of Tuesday afternoon.
A representative for Goodyear confirmed to Insider. That one of its blimps was capturing aerial footage Monday night for the NFL game at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
In videos taken from closer to the stadium, the blimp’s logo could seen clearer.
From this angle it looks more metal but ya I can see how it looks like a blimp pic.twitter.com/oTTXODs8cg
— Jacob Fuentes (@JacobFu87635897) September 15, 2020
It’s safe to say people were pretty deflated when they found out it wasn’t a real U̳F̳O̳, but most took the whole situation in jest.
— Diego Burneo (@DiegoBurneo3) September 15, 2020
While this “U̳F̳O̳” case has been debunked, earlier this year the P̳e̳n̳t̳a̳g̳o̳n̳ officially released three Navy videos of “unidentified” flying objects which had previously been leaked to the public. The P̳e̳n̳t̳a̳g̳o̳n̳ said at the time that the “aerial phenomena” seen in those videos remain characterized as “unidentified.”
According to the New York Times, because of strong interest in the possible existence of U̳F̳O̳s by former Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, the P̳e̳n̳t̳a̳g̳o̳n̳ has researched their existence in a once classified project at the P̳e̳n̳t̳a̳g̳o̳n̳. The program investigated various reports of unidentified flying objects, Department of Defense officials have said.