It’s a Bird. It’s a Plane. It’s a UFO.

When I was around 14 years old, I saw a UFO. Though that sounds incredible, we need to understand what the letters in UFO mean. The letters stand for “Unidentified Flying Object”. This does not necessarily have any connection to aliens, conspiracies, or the supernatural. Simply put, a UFO is when you see something in the sky and you have no idea what it is.

My hometown is surrounded by mountains and empty desert, and thus, is blessed with dark, clear night-skies. Occasionally, during the summer months, my father and I would stand in the backyard in the cool night air and look at the stars. August was a particularly nice month for stargazing due to the increased chance of seeing a shooting star.

One night, as we stood in our usual spots talking about nothing in particular, out of nowhere a bright red light slowly descended from the sky and stopped, hovering over the mountains in the distance. Ever so slowly this crimson light started swaying side to side like the pendulum of a clock. Each arc it made it picked up speed and rose a bit higher on each side. Then, as it fell back to the center point, there was a bright flash of light and the red spark shot straight up at an incredible speed and vanished. The whole event might have taken all of 2 minutes. My father and I stood in silence and then slowly turned to look at each other. “What was that?” I asked. “I have no idea,” replied my father.

Was it an alien spaceship, secret military technology, or Anpanman zooming across the sky? I don’t know but I do know it was a UFO.






14歳くらいの頃、UFOを見ました。嘘のような話ではありますが、そもそもUFOという文字の意味を理解する必要があります。UFOとは“Unidentified(未確認) Flying(飛行) Object(物体)”を意味しています。これは宇宙人や陰謀論、または超自然現象と必ずしも関係があるわけではありません。簡単に言えば、UFOとは空に浮かぶよくわからないもののことです。