Ufology is the study and investigation of unidentified flying objects (UFOs), also known as unidentified aerial phenomena (UAPs). It is a field that aims to collect and analyze reports, evidence, and data related to UFO sightings, encounters, and related phenomena. Its goal is to determine the nature and origin of these sightings. Ufologists use a variety of methods and tools, such as interviewing witnesses, analyzing photographs and videos, conducting field investigations, and examining physical evidence, to try to understand the nature of UFO sightings and to determine whether they represent evidence of extraterrestrial life, advanced human technology, natural phenomena, or other explanations.
Note that the Wikipedia is rather biased and in one sweeping generalization considers the entire field of ufology pseudo-science.
Ufology uses a variety of methodologies to study and investigate UFO sightings and related phenomena. Here are some of the key methodologies used in ufology:
- Witness Interviews: One of the primary methods used in ufology is interviewing witnesses who have reported seeing UFOs or having other types of encounters with unidentified aerial phenomena. Ufologists typically ask questions to gather as much information as possible about the sighting, including the time, location, size, shape, and behavior of the object.
- Evidence Collection: Ufologists often collect physical evidence related to UFO sightings, such as photographs, videos, radar data, soil samples, and other materials. They analyze this evidence using scientific methods to try to determine the nature and origin of the sighting.
- Field Investigations: Ufologists may conduct on-site investigations of UFO sightings, visiting the location where the sighting occurred to gather information and evidence, and to try to recreate the circumstances of the sighting.
- Statistical Analysis: Ufologists use statistical analysis to study patterns and trends in UFO sightings, such as the frequency of sightings in certain areas or at certain times of day.
- Historical Research: Ufologists may also conduct research into historical reports of UFO sightings, going back centuries or even millennia, to try to identify patterns or recurring phenomena.
Overall, ufologists use a range of scientific and investigative methods to study and investigate UFO sightings and related phenomena, with the goal of understanding the nature and origin of these phenomena.
Quite a number of ufologists are involved in activism. Their goals are to educate the population about UFOs, and to get governments to reveal what they know about UFOs / UAPs.