Over the course of an average year, the Smoking Gun Research Agency gets anywhere from 150 to 200 reports of unidentified flying objects moving across the skies of Connecticut.
Not every observance merits an investigation, but there is a percentage that this volunteer-driven, nonprofit research and education group will explore as part of its mission to explain the unexplained.
For those who are curious about investigating those unknown streaks in the sky, the Orange-based agency will have its eighth annual UFO Day at Captain’s Cove Seaport in Bridgeport Saturday, July 21.
“It’s an opportunity for us to do some public outreach,” said Jon Nowinski, the agency’s founder and director. “We hope to talk with people about how we do an investigation, what we look in to … and the work we do to see how it can be explained.”
He said the reports largely turn out to be something that is, actually, identifiable, such as a meteor or satellite.
“Just because it is unidentified doesn’t mean it’s alien,” he added. However, some do remain unexplained.
Visitors to UFO Day will be invited to participate in many activities and to learn more about the group, which formed in 1997 with the goal of investigating and studying all aspects of the paranormal, metaphysical and unexplained.