Ufology is the study of reports, visual records, purported physical evidence, and other phenomena related to unidentified flying objects. In layman’s terms, Ufology is the study of UFOs. Ufology is the combination of UFO (unidentified flying object) and -logy (combining form used in names of sciences or bodies of knowledge). Ufology was first coined in the later half of the 1950’s.
In many ways Ufology is the study of anomalies that appear in the sky since all unknown flying objects are UFOs. Though UFO automatically means an alien spacecraft to many, it can also be used to describe anything that appears flying and has no determinable explanation. Ufology is truly an endlessly fascinating area of study, albeit one that tends to be misunderstood since it can get freaky weird fast. I have always been a bit scared and yet drawn to the idea of aliens, their spacecraft and all the wackiness that our atmosphere can produce.
A typical depiction of a UFO and the basis of study for a Ufologist.
Ufology is right up there with Cryptozoology for awesomely misunderstood, yet I feel, utterly vital, areas of study and interest. I mean, this world, this universe, we call home is so vast that there is no end to all that is, was, and still can be discoverable about it. It would be rather shortsighted and egotistical of us to think we are all that is, and Ufology is but one more way to open our minds to seeking out more. Keep your eyes on the skies!
Namaste ~ Ella
*Check out the Word Nerd Index and my Word Nerd Pinterest Board for other superb words!
** If there’s a word you’d like to see added to the Word Nerd roster, please feel free to contact me or suggest it in the comments – I love feedback and recommendations!