The Unidentified Aerospace Phenomena (UAP) project has been launched to give amateur and professional astronomers and some other professionals as pilots , a formal mechanism for reporting any unexplained phenomena they observe when studying the night sky. Initiated within the framework of the International Year of Astronomy 2009 (IYA2009), the Unidentified Aerospace Phenomena (UAP) Observations Reporting Scheme aimed to provide a global focus for sightings by astronomers, and contribute toward a better understanding of transient phenomena occurring in the atmosphere.
Some of the project objectives are:
Facilitate and enable the reporting of UAP sightings and collection of related instrumental records from the Astronomical community, through questionnaires to be downloaded from a dedicated web site:
- Approach the UAP controversial field from a professional, rational, scientific approach and without any a priori.
- Stimulate the submission of UAP reports that would have otherwise little chance to surface, encouraging witnesses to come forward with testimonies. We hope to greatly reduce individuals’ reluctance of reporting a UAP sighting, reluctance based either on the assumption that no one will believe them, the fear of ridicule, or that nothing will be done with such reports.
- Contribute towards the collection of instrumental and photographic records of unidentified phenomenon.