The fine citizens of Kansas City were freaking out on Thursday evening as a pair of strange orbs floating in the sky. Even the National Weather Service had no clue as to what the UFOs were. But before Bill Pullman scrambles the Air Force and jumps into an F-18 Hornet, there might be a non-alien explanation for the lights in the sky.
There were two strange lights over Missouri that were witnessed by thousands of locals on Thursday night.
Video of the ominous orbs was shared online showed the UFOs flying higher than commercial airplanes. One person in the video yells: “Aliens out here! Aliens!”
“We honestly have no explanation for the floating objects over Kansas City,” the National Weather Service wrote on their official Twitter account on Thursday.
The white orbs fueled some astute hypotheses as to what the lights were.
Some people were ready to welcome our new alien overlords.
However, there could be an intriguing answer for what the unidentified flying objects were. Instead of out-of-this-world visitors, these aircraft may have just been out-of-state visitors.
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), an agency of the United States Department of Defense that creates state-of-the-art military tech, launched a new kind of balloon.
“Last night, DARPA launched 3 balloons from Cumberland, Maryland, in a flight test for the Adaptable Lighter Than Air prgm,” the official DARPA Twitter account posted earlier this week. “Over next few days, ALTA will demonstrate capability for wind-borne navigation of a lighter-than-air vehicle over extended ranges.”
There were also reports that the objects could have been high-altitude balloons from Google. One of Alphabet Inc.’s subsidiaries is Loon, which uses balloons to bring internet access to rural and remote areas.
Flight data found that the two balloons were in the Kansas City area and were as high as 79,000 feet (15 miles) in the air, putting them in the stratosphere.
But then again, without confirmation that they are balloons, aliens are definitely still a very viable possibility.
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