You can now add a mysterious metal monolith that could be an alien spaceship to your 2020 apocalypse bingo card. Officials discovered a large metal rectangle in the remote area of red rock in Utah. This thing definitely looks like an interdimensional portal that aliens would use to launch an invasion. 2020 is so wild.
Officials with the Utah Department of Public Safety Aero Bureau were conducting a wildlife mission to count bighorn sheep in the southeastern part of the state. A team of biologists were flying in the Utah Department of Public Safety (DPS) helicopter on Wednesday when they spotted the alien-like structure. The pilot landed the helicopter to get a closer look.
The pilot asked, “We were thinking ‘is this something NASA stuck up there or something? Are they bouncing satellites off it or something?’”
Helicopter pilot Bret Hutchings said, “That’s been about the strangest thing that I’ve come across out there in all my years of flying.”
Hutchings estimated the silver slab to be about 12 feet tall, and said it was embedded in the red earth.
The DPS shared images of the strange structure on Instagram with the caption: “Counting big horn sheep with DWR this week. During the counts we came across this, in the middle of nowhere, buried deep in the rock. Inquiring minds want to know, what the heck is it? Anyone?”
It looks like the AllSpark, can’t wait for that helicopter to transform into a Deceptacon.
The DPS said it would not reveal the exact location of the monolith for public safety reasons. The DPS noted that installing structures without permission on federally managed public lands is illegal. “It is illegal to install structures or art without authorization on federally managed public lands, no matter what planet you’re from,” the Utah Department of Public Safety said in a statement that was released on Monday. The Bureau of Land Management will determine whether further investigation is needed.
The monolith looks much like the one seen in the 1968 Stanley Kubrick movie, 2001: A Space Odyssey.
In a disappointing development, none of the Utah officials put their hands on the monolith and sang Cher’s 1998 autotuned dance-pop smash hit Believe.