On June 20, 2019, KMBC 9 News started receiving calls from concerned viewers.
The reason? There were two mysterious floating objects in the sky.
Most of the time, UFOs can be explained away. They may be weather balloons or test flights for new aircraft.
This time, though, everyone seems to be stumped, including the regional office of the National Weather Service:
Here’s a picture of the objects in question:
People put forward several different explanations.
One is that they are Google Loon balloons, which provide internet access to people living in rural areas.
As a Twitter user explained, they are so large you can see them at night:
A KMBC reporter, William Joy, tweeted that they were most likely DARPA balloons from Maryland.
The DARPA ALTA balloons are designed to stay in one spot, which could explain why they were staying in one place instead of moving around. At the time the Kansas sightings occurred, DARPA was conducting an experiment with the ALTA balloons, which can fly at more than 75,000 feet.
UFOs have long captured our imaginations. The Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) is celebrating its 50th anniversary, and it’s a volunteer, nonprofit organization. MUFON quite firmly believes that we are not alone in the universe.
What was the Kansas UFO? We still don’t know for sure. But that didn’t stop Twitter from having fun with the incident, like this Twitter user:
And this one:
What do you think?
Were they DARPA balloons? Friendly alien visitors? Or evidence of a vast government conspiracy?
Let us know!