We’ve created a list of things most often mistaken for UFOs to help our community analyze anything they’ve seen or caught and try to conclude what it is.
Many people see something they can’t explain in the sky, but that is a long way away from being attributed to extra-terrestrial life. Posting one of the following misconceptions as a UFO not only casts a dark shadow over genuine UFO research, but also puts too much content out there to research.
Here are the top things most often mistaken for UFOs
Weather and weather anomalies are one of the common things most often mistaken for UFOs, whether it be clouds, lightning, sprites and other flashes in the sky. Thunderstorms trigger many of these and account for a large number of the UFO reports that are just natural causes. The Aurora Borealis is a good example of a spectacular light show in the sky that until explained would seem otherworldly.
A failed missile caused a tremendous display in the sky in 2009 and lit up the skies, making it look like there was a portal to a higher dimension, though it was actually caused by a Russian missile that failed just after the launch. The missile spun out of control and created what people perceived as an unidentified aerial object.
#3 Lens Flares
This one may seem ridiculous, and it is, but many people have been filming the sky or just a mundane event and when reviewing the video they spot a UFO which is actually just a lens flare, but with the only evidence being the video, it does actually convince some people they caught something.
In 2020, a Reddit post we read got a lot of attention when a video was posted of a UFO over the skies in Los Angeles. Many people were baffled, and a police helicopter flew around it to investigate, but it was actually an advertising balloon from a local company. Weather balloons are another cause for false UFO sightings.
Venus is another candidate that is always mistaken for a UFO. When viewed from Earth, Venus appears as a bright light that hangs in the sunset sky and outshines every star except for our sun. Because Venus orbits our sun inside our own orbit, from our perspective it constantly darts out on the either side of the sun, which people often mistake for a moving UFO.
Airplanes are a big cause for the UFO sightings people report, from leaving trails in the sky to reflecting light which can sometimes make them look more UFOy.
With technology getting better all the time, drones are able to fly higher and faster than ever before and have been proven to be a cause for people’s suspected UFO sightings. Although the FAA requires drone pilots to obtain a license and stay below 400 feet, many drones and pilots exceed these heights.
The last thing most often mistaken for UFOs is military projects and black projects, i.e secret technology.
In the late 1940s and early 1950s, New Mexico became a hot bed for UFO reports, namely the Kenneth Arnold UFO and the Roswell incident. At that time the Air Force were conducting top-secret operations and technology testing which led to many false UFO sightings.