This should keep us busy for a while. From The Beeb:
‘Secret files on UFO sightings have been made available for the first time by the Ministry of Defence. The documents, which can be downloaded from the National Archives website, cover the period from 1978 to 1987. They include accounts of strange lights in the sky and unexplained objects being spotted by the public, armed forces and police officers.’
View them at the National Archives UFO site
Also of note is Dr. David Clarke’s briefing guide and podcast, on the same site. That said there is a Nick Pope Videocast, but I’m sure you can manage to ignore that.
Further files are due to be released in time but please note that these documents will be available to download for free for the first month. So get ’em while ye can.
In related news, should you be a concerned Roman Catholic who’s worried that your interest in UFOs conflicts with your faith, well, worry no more. The Vatican says it’s ok:
VATICAN CITY (AP) – The Vatican’s chief astronomer says that believing in aliens does not contradict faith in God.
The Rev. Jose Gabriel Funes, the Jesuit director of the Vatican Observatory, says that the vastness of the universe means it is possible there could be other forms of life outside Earth, even intelligent ones.
Now, isn’t that a relief?