"The sky is not classified," said Avi Loeb, a Harvard University professor leading the first major scientific study of what we mostly commonly know as UFOs, just a touch sharp.

The theoretical astrophysicist heading up the university's Galileo Project hit the core debate in the search for extraterrestrial life: who investigates reported sightings, and who has the right to see all the cards? Can scientists navigate national security and classified information to find elusive answers?

There's a gap to be bridged between government officials concerned with national security and scientists, and researchers insist that there need not be one, and the United States government is receptive. Both are pushing forward with efforts to find out if we are alone in the universe, but for the moment, we are left wondering if 2023's intensified interest in UFOs and aliens will bear fruit anytime soon.

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