Project Blue Book premieres

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Based on true stories from the U.S. Air Force’s first investigations into UFOs and related phenomena in the 50s and 60s, the series follows Dr. J. Allen Hynek who was a director at Ohio State University’s McMillin Observatory until he was recruited by the government to help investigate UFO sightings in a secret program.

The secret program — dubbed Project Blue Book — launched in 1952 and was monitored by the U.S. Air Force until the project’s termination in 1969. During that time, experts investigated more than 12,000 reports of UFO sightings, of which over 700 remain unexplained, according to records in the National Archives.

Dr. J. Allen Hynek,  known to many as the father of UFOlogy, joins Air Force officials to investigate and explain sightings of peculiar lights in the sky, mysterious glowing fireballs, flying saucers and even purported extraterrestrials.

But as Project Blue Book unfolds, Hynek comes to an unpleasant realization: His scientific curiosity about UFOs may run counter to a government agenda that wants to bury events that prove unthreatening, but nonetheless truly defy explanation.

Watch it on History Channel.