Department of Defense of United States has officially released three videos which show "unidentified aerial phenomena".
According to a report in NDTV, Department of Defense in a statement on April 27 said that these videos were taken by Navy pilots in 2004 and 2005. It had been circulating on the Internet since they were leaked in 2007 and 2017.
"The aerial phenomena observed in the videos remain characterized as 'unidentified'," said the Pentagon in its statement.
The visuals released on Monday showed unidentified flying objects (UFO) moving faster across the screen. The visuals were recorded by infrared cameras, reported CNN.
In the visuals, a voice can be heard speculating that the UFO could be a drone.
The declassification of the videos showing unidentified flying objects has created buzz among the netizens. #UFOs and #AliensExist remained the top trending topics on Twitter along with #Pentagon on Tuesday. #UFOs has been used in more thany 20,000 posts.
Several people took the footage as confirmation of alien life visiting the Earth.
Twitter was flooded with memes, jokes and some satirical political comments. Several users even questioned the timing of the release of these videos when the world is battling a pandemic.
Here is a collection of some interesting tweets:
Pentagon in its statement said that footage of the UFOs was released after careful review to "clear up any misconceptions by the public"
"After a thorough review, the department has determined that the authorized release of these unclassified videos does not reveal any sensitive capabilities or systems, and does not impinge on any subsequent investigations of military air space incursions by unidentified aerial phenomena," it said.
The videos had first emerged online after unauthorised leaks in 2007 and 2017, but the Navy had earlier confirmed their authenticity.