A mission to count sheep led a Utah helicopter crew to discover something unexpected. Flying over southeast Utah, in the middle of the desert stood a shiny monolith, something only found in Sci-Fi films.
After someone on board spotted the structure, pilot Bret Hutchings told local media, the helicopter set down nearby, and when the crew went to take a closer look, there was “no obvious indication” of how the monolith got there. The area remains undisclosed to restrict gawkers.
While many have joked about the monolith being a possible alien object, others think it is just an homage to Stanly Kubrick’s classic film 2001: A Space Odyssey. The film shows a similar monolith playing a key role in mankind’s evolution from apes.
However the object came into existence, it has fueled conspiracy theories as many sci-fi fans have taken to social media to come up with possible alien explanation.
While the US government has declined to comment on the object, they have issued a reminder on Twitter that “using, occupying, or developing the public lands or their resources without a required authorization is illegal, no matter what planet you are from.”