UFO hunters, enthusiasts, and those that simply saw something they cannot explain (but were fearful of disclosing a sighting due to the stigma of being known as an individual that sees UFOs) can now take heart. An actual established academic institute has decided to investigate claims of UFO sightings.
Sofia News Agency reported Nov. 21 that the 145-year-old Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, which has an Institute for Space Studies, recently held a conference on the existence of UFOs and extraterrestrial intelligence. Professor Lachezar Filipov told the Nova TV breakfast show that a growing interest in UFO sightings and the lack of places for sightings to be reported prompted Filipov to provide UFO spotters a platform where they could tell their tale(s).
“Until now this topic was sort of banned among the scientists,” Filipov said. “But the growing public interest, not only in Bulgaria, but abroad, made BAS believe that we must respond to such phenomena.”
The professor said that he had been prompted to hold the conference and start the program because of a “serious man” that had come to him to tell someone his story. He said the man stated he saw a “large saucer of platinum colour, with no windows, hovering over Sofia’s Kremikovtsi district” in mid-October.
“He found me and told me the story, but wishes to remain anonymous,” Filipov said, “because he is a serious man with large business enterprises and is afraid the people will make fun of him. He only told his wife and me.”
Few academic institutes have programs dedicated to studying UFO phenomena and only one government in all of Europe even has a federal UFO investigation branch (France). But that will change when the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences begins recording reports and investigating sighting claims.
“This is why we want to set up a working group within our institute,” the professor said. “There have been such reports previously, but no one seemed to take them very seriously. We need to investigate those claims and see how reliable they are. There are people who make things up, there are people who see things but tell nobody, there are people who find me and tell me what they saw. But most people are afraid everyone will think they’re crazy. If they see that the scientists investigate such incidents, they might come out and tell us.”
The Bulgarian Academy of Sciences is the national academy of Bulgaria. It was established in 1869. Located in Sofia, the institute, by taking the subject matter seriously and attempting to investigate UFO sightings, will lend credence to investigations that often dismissed as delusions, hallucinations, or attempts by individuals to get attention.