Metal monolith discovered in Utah desert sparks mystery

Cheryl Sanders
November 24, 2020

Officials from the Utah Department of Public Safety's Aero Bureau were flying by helicopter last Wednesday, helping the Division of Wildlife Resources count bighorn sheep in south-eastern Utah, when they spotted the mysterious object. The structure, estimated at roughly 3 meters tall, appears to be made from some sort of metal.

The agency added that if people decide to venture to the undisclosed and remote location they "may become stranded and require rescue".

"We were kind of joking around that if one of us suddenly disappears, then the rest of us make a run for it", he told the station.

'That's been about the strangest thing that I've come across out there in all my years of flying, ' Hutchings said. Indeed, given its obvious similarities to the 2001 monoliths, one of which was depicted in Stanley Kubrick's film in an Earth desert not too visually dissimilar to this one in Utah, they suspect it may have been placed there by a 2001 mega-fan.


Imposing black monoliths created by an unseen alien species appear in the movie, based on the writing of novelist Arthur C Clarke.

State employees have discovered a odd monolith in a remote part of Utah.

'We were wondering, is this NASA stuck there or something? "Are they bouncing satellites off it?"

Utah's highway patrol shared a picture of the finding on Instagram, along with the caption: "Counting big horn sheep with DWR this week".


When the team turned back to the spot they saw in the middle of the red rocks was a shiny, silver metal monolith sticking out of the ground. It's not really clear where the "faces" are supposed to be, but multiple social media users insist they see them. At least so far. The Deseret News reports that news organizations around the world are intrigued by the discovery.

The Utah Department of Public Safety says whoever (or whatever) placed the object there was doing so illegally, complete with a tongue-in-cheek reference to potential alien involvement.

The federal Bureau of Land Management has taken over the investigation and will determine if something needs to be done, according to the agency.

Here's what we know so far about the unexplained metal object (UMO?).


However, it is illegal to put structures or art in public land without authorisation regardless of "what planet you're from", as iterated by Utah DPS in a statement.

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