UC Berkeley Releases “Exotica” for Astronomers, UFOlogists

  • The first and only UFO catalogue, "Exotic Target Catalog" is here.
  • The Exotic Target Catalogue was funded through the Breakthrough Listen program.
  • The Russian archive pertaining to the program was sold in the 1990s to a private collector.

UFO’s continue to interest and entice many people around the globe. Some people become obsessed with the extraterrestrials living on their planet. However, there is no concrete proof of such, at least in the open source information. The classified documentation that was collected last century has not been fully released.

Breakthrough Listen is a project to search for intelligent extraterrestrial communications in the Universe. With $100 million in funding and thousands of hours of dedicated telescope time on state-of-the-art facilities, it is the most comprehensive search for alien communications to date.

Nevertheless, in April, the Pentagon has officially released US Navy videos which captured aerial phenomena that authorities describe as “unidentified.”  According to CYBERPOL, the videos were not authentic.

The search for UFOs continue, and there are dedicated groups online and social media related to such topics. The University of California-Berkeley decided to aid such aficionado groups in their search. The first and only UFO catalogue, “Exotic Target Catalog” is here.

The University of California, Berkeley is a public research university in Berkeley, California. Founded in 1868, it is the oldest campus of the University of California system, and is considered by some to be one of the system’s flagship campuses along with the University of California, Los Angeles.

The Exotic Target Catalogue was funded through the Breakthrough Listen program. The goal of the program is to identify and located signals from the possible civilizations from the other planets. The unification has never been done before and it is the first work of its kind in the open source.

Currently, the catalogue contains 737 known astronomical objects. The catalogue has four categories:

The Soviet Deep Space Network is a network of large antennas and communication facilities that supports interplanetary spacecraft missions, and radio and radar astronomy observations for the exploration of the solar system and the universe. It was built to support the space missions of the Soviet Union.
  1. Prototypes-A  list containing at least one example of every known kind of celestial object (apart from those too transient to present realistic observation targets). Planets and moons, stars at every point of their life cycle, galaxies big and small, serene star clusters and blazing quasars, and more are all included in the list.
  2. Superlatives-Objects with the most extreme properties. These include examples like the hottest planet, stars with unusually high or low metal content, the most distant quasar and fastest-spinning pulsar, and the densest galaxy.
  3. Anomalies-Enigmatic targets whose behavior is currently not satisfactorily explained. For instance, the famous “Tabby’s Star” with its bizarre dimming behavior; ’Oumuamua – the interstellar object that passed near Earth in 2017; unexplained optical pulses that last mere nanoseconds; and stars with excess infrared radiation that could conceivably be explained as waste heat from alien megastructures.
  4. Control-A control sample of sources not expected to produce positive results.

The main goal of the catalogue to have better organized research and to expedite the process. Even if one is not into searching for a UFO themselves, the compilation is still unique to browse.

Additionally, the Soviets had a UFO program since 1977. Unfortunately, the Russian archive pertaining to the program was sold in the 1990s to a private collector. The archive has not been publicly released by the collector.

Outer space continues to be an interest, and with many nations across the globe announcing their space agendas, this topic will continue to be explored.

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Christina Kitova

I spent most of my professional life in finance, insurance risk management litigation.

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