Science balloon for a NASA project poses as a “UFO” cruising in the sky

You may not be the only one mistaking the flying object sighted in Portland, Oregon for a “UFO,” as several local residents reported the rare sighting.

From a triangular “UFO” flying over the Statue of Liberty to one that looks like a Batman party balloon, unidentified flying objects don’t necessarily look the same. However, a local news outlet has confirmed that the object flying over Portland on Wednesday is definitely not a UFO.

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“UFO” over Portland is a scientific balloon

News channel KOIN reportedly received several reports of a strange sighting on Wednesday morning. The callers claimed they spotted a white object in the sky that resembled a hot air balloon. In some videos circulating on the internet, it appears to be in close proximity to the moon.

Many took to social media to inquire with roommates about the UFO allegedly hovering over Portland when they realized the object had actually been identified.

The local news agency confirmed The high-altitude object was a scientific balloon launched by Near Space Corporation. The organization is based in Tillamook and has existed since 1996.

The scientific balloon, which many mistook for a UFO, was reportedly launched for a NASA project being conducted in coordination with the Federal Aviation Administration.

Misinterpreted sighting fascinates sky watchers

Before the flying object was identified as a scientific balloon, people were amused by what they saw, as some of them naturally thought it had something to do with extraterrestrials.

“Finally someone else saw it. I caught it on video when my wife said it was a UFO,” read one comment.

Another added: “The bright light in full daylight caught my eye. Saw it through my telescope. Saw the air fall off and it fell.”

Another echoed the above comment, writing, “Yeah, my phone camera doesn’t do it justice.”

Theories about “aliens” drive fans crazy

For those of you who don’t know, UFO enthusiasts have a keen interest in unraveling the mysteries surrounding extraterrestrial life. Not surprisingly, many thought the balloon sighted over Portland might have been piloted by an “alien,” as rumors and speculation about it spread like wildfire on social media.

The following stories of alleged UFO sightings and supposed aliens might help you separate the rumor from the truth, as HITC has debunked many wild claims.

The entry “Scientific Balloon for a NASA Project” appears as a “UFO” cruising the sky, which first appeared on HITC.

Emma Bowman

Emma Bowman is a USTimeToday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Emma Bowman joined USTimeToday in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with Emma Bowman by emailing

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