It's the weird and wonderful place where the men in grey suits from Whitehall meet the little green men from Mars.
The Ministry of Defence has for the first time opened its real-life 'X Files', detailing how its experts have examined photographs of UFOs hovering over the UK.
|This photograph was taken in the skies over Portsmouth harbour.
France became the first country to open its files on UFOs Thursday when the national space agency unveiled a website documenting more than 1,600 sightings spanning five decades.
The online archives, which will be updated as new cases are reported, catalogues in minute detail cases ranging from the easily dismissed to a handful that continue to perplex even hard-nosed scientists.
"It is a world first," said Jacques Patenet, the aeronautical engineer who heads the office for the study of "non-identified aerospatial phenomena."
Known as OVNIs in French, UFOs have always generated intense interest along with countless conspiracy theories about secretive government cover-ups of findings deemed too sensitive or alarming for public consumption.
Comment: One wonders if this slow but gradual release of information is not a preparation of the masses for something big.
Wed, 25 Jul 2007 17:28 CDT
It didn't rain cats and dogs, apparently something strange did come from the sky in Bucks County. As we first told you on 69 News Tuesaday, a Perkasie resident contacted us after he found a strange substance all over his yard after a rainstorm.
|The strange substance in a person's hand.
Dubuque, Iowa - Large chunks of ice, one of them reportedly about 50 pounds, fell from the sky in this northeast Iowa city, smashing through a woman's roof and tearing through nearby trees.
|Jan Kenkel holds a piece of ice that fell through the roof of her Dubuque, Iowa, home on Thursday.
Authorities were unsure of the ice's origin but have theorized the chunks either fell from an airplane or naturally accumulated high in the atmosphere - both rare occurrences.
|The mysterious falling ice left a hole in the roof of Kenkel's home.
A football-sized block of ice fell out of the sky on to the roof of an industrial building in Madrid, police say, denting the roof but without causing injuries.
"We don't know where it came from," a police spokeswoman said of the 20 kilogram lump.
An Angus couple are recovering from shock after a giant ice cube plummeted from the sky at hundreds of miles an hour and smashed into their roof.
James and Flora Fleming were relaxing in the lounge of their home, The Gables at Barnhead, on the outskirts of Montrose yesterday when the ice meteor hit.
They dashed outside to find five slates broken on the roof and the ice block lying shattered on their lawn.
"It was around 1.30pm and we were sitting watching TV when there was a terrific bang like goodness knows what," Mrs Fleming said.
"At first I thought it might have been a crow hitting the window, but it was far too loud for that.
A couple were mesmerised as seven red lights flew silently and at great speed above their house in the early hours of the morning.
|The UFO seen over Wrexham - Watch our exclusive video of UFOs over Wrexham
It was just after midnight when Leigh Williams, 31, went out to the back of his house on Townsend Avenue for a cigarette.
He said he saw some strange lights in the sky and ran inside to get his wife, Lynn, 32.
You can watch the video recording
in the original article to decide for yourselves whether the lights are in fact "Chinese lanterns", which has replaced "Venus" as the debunking tool du jour
David McCune just wants to know what's in the digital photograph that he shot while flying at 37,000 feet over the southern region of the country on a hot July afternoon.
|©Raul R. Rubiera
|David McCune holds up a photo he took while flying at 37,000 feet from Atlanta to Kansas City, Mo. When he got home he found that one of the photos he took with his 10 mega-pixel camera had a UFO in the middle of the frame.
He can't help but wonder if it's a UFO. No matter how much skepticism he provokes
Even Peter Davenport, the director of the National UFO Reporting Center in Washington state, has doubts.
Here on this insignificant spinning ball we call Earth, human beings exist almost completely unaware of the mysteries secluded and locked away in the near infinite galaxies beyond our atmosphere.
But every once in a while, someone looks up to the heavens and makes a discovery.
While traveling north on Roosevelt Avenue near Notre Dame High School, Burlington resident Keith Jacobs glanced to the sky at exactly 6:07 a.m. Monday and spotted a UFO, he said.
Jacobs was on his way to Perkins Restaurant for a morning coffee when, out of the corner of his eye, he spotted a brilliant blue light southeast of his location.
Rhiannon CoppinYukon News
Thu, 26 Jul 2007 07:33 CDT
In 1976, for several weeks, a light followed a school bus on its regular route to Whitehorse from Lake Laberge.
The bus driver saw it. So did her 10-year-old daughter and all the other kids on the bus.
It made her nervous.
She asked for a new route, and transferred to Carcross.
So did the light.
And it was closer.
It would stop and shoot across the sky.
Then, one afternoon just before Christmas, after all the children had been dropped off, something really weird happened.