Whenever a situation is shrouded in mystery, it’s only a matter of time before people begin spewing conspiracy theories. The terrorist attacks on September 11, the assassination of John F. Kennedy, and even NASA’s moon landing are all ripe with unique theories.

While the events mentioned above are well known, there are strange speculations and creepy facts aplenty surrounding a mysterious object many have never even heard of. It’s an oddly shaped “satellite” orbiting our planet, and how it got there… well, no one really has any idea.

Conspiracy theorists see connections everywhere. One of the most common factors in these theorists postulations is just how often they seem to be connected to the nefarious doings of the government.  

Google any major event in American history and you’re sure to find a conspiracy theory about it. Chances are you already know a few yourself. But there’s one theory that you’ve probably never heard of before…

It’s called the Black Knight satellite, and although the word “satellite” is in its name, no one is really sure what it is. One thing people can agree on is there are plenty of unusual circumstances surrounding it…

The very first sighting of the Black Knight satellite was supposedly in 1954. Reports emerged that a doctor at the University of New Mexico named Lincoln LaPaz spotted it. However, when asked, he denied the claims. Why would he do something like that?

Well, because 1954 was three years before the very first satellite was ever released into space! LaPaz and his associate Clyde Tombaugh were conducting secret military research on the existence of alien satellites.

Unlike his blabber-mouth colleague, Tombaugh denied that the sighting took place. This led conspiracy theorists to speculate that the higher-ups in the government demanded Tombaugh to stay mum after LaPaz’s gaffe. 

However, a retired Marine Corps Major and UFO expert named Donald Keyhoe also claimed he saw it around the same time. He firmly believed it was something otherworldly. Then in 1960, yet another strange thing occurred…

Time reported there was a mysterious satellite polar-orbiting Earth, even though all known satellites were orbiting the equator. The United States Department of Defense claimed it was a large piece of metal that broke off a different satellite, but gave no proof of this fact. 

It didn’t stop there. In 1961, Jacques Vallee (right) was tracking satellites in a Paris observatory and noticed a startling unidentified object orbiting opposite Earth’s rotation. When Vallee showed his supervisor the recorded tape, it was immediately confiscated and erased. Weird…

Two years later, while an astronaut named Gordon Cooper (below) was orbiting around Earth, he saw a floating black mass emit green lights over Perth, Australia. Although Cooper later denied the claim, people believe the government coerced him into silence. 

Roughly 100 people from Perth also saw the strange object in the sky. This gave everyone even more reason to believe that Cooper was forced to deny what he encountered. Which, as many people believe, could very well have been… the Black Knight satellite!

Just over a decade later, in 1974, a Scottish astronomy writer name Duncan Lunan claimed to have deciphered a hidden radio message coming from the Black Knight satellite that predated humans’ space presence.

The message reportedly was: “Start here. Our home is Upsilon Bootes, which is a double star. We live on the sixth planet of seven, coming from the sun, which is the larger of the two… Our probe is in the position of Arcturus, known in our maps.”

Pretty strange, right? One theory is that the message came from an ancient civilization of advanced humanoids who lived on Earth and sent the satellite into space thousands of years ago before becoming extinct.

Another strange sighting of the Black Knight Satellite happened in 1998. The Endeavor space shuttle snapped a photo of this unusual chunk of metal floating outside the craft. NASA claimed it was a piece of a lost thermal blanket, but does that object really look like the silver blanket in the picture on the right? 

This next piece of evidence is pretty eye-opening: one afternoon in August 2015, a person caught on camera what looked to be the Black Knight satellite hovering over their community in Jacksonville, Florida. 

Amateurs aren’t the only ones fascinated by this purported conspiracy. Pepsi released a short film called Black Knight Decoded, about a scientist trying to decode messages from the satellite. 

It’s more than likely just a work of fiction, but could it be possible the people at Pepsi know something we don’t? Hey, Big Soda is nothing to laugh at! 

Oddly enough, acclaimed science fiction writer Philip K. Dick seems to know something. He kept a journal detailing visions involving an entity he called the Vast Active Living Intelligence System, which was an extraterrestrial satellite used to communicate with humans. Sound familiar?

The most recent sighting of this mysterious craft was in January 2016. A dark shape was floating just outside the International Space Station, and NASA provided no information about it. The Black Knight has not been seen since. 

Humankind’s fascination with the possibility of extraterrestrial life existed long before we ever managed to put a man on the moon. As years passed and technology advanced, our curiosity in the apparent race of “little green men” only grew.

Even governments all over the world continue to finance the exploration of outer space. That includes using radio telescopes, probes, and other forms of technology to try to establish proof of alien life.

Official research isn’t the only type being conducted, either. Some believers don’t trust their governments to be transparent; naturally, there are plenty of individuals who dedicate their lives to their own missions to make contact with extraterrestrials.

Some of these amateur sleuths believe that proof of alien life was already found and that the governments of the world are keeping it a secret. Their mission is to bring the truth to their fellow people.

For instance, Secureteam is a United States-based organization made up of such individuals. Their goal is to expose the perceived secrets about alien life that the government is supposedly keeping from the rest of the world…

Secureteam’s YouTube page is filled with videos of what it believes is evidence of alien life. More than 1.3 million people subscribe to the channel—and on March 3, 2018, Secureteam’s followers were treated to some haunting footage from South Georgia Island, a desolate location off of Antarctica.

The video’s narrator—known only as Tyler—focused in on one particular area of snow on the island. There, he pointed out a strange object resting on the ground. What the heck was it? And could it have been alien in origin?

“It appears to me at least to be some sort of massive, elongated or cigar-shaped object that at some point, and we don’t know when, came to a screeching halt in the snow, leaving behind it almost a 1,000-meter-long trail,” said Tyler in his video.

Researchers who followed the unknown object’s trail along the island actually found damage in the mountains where the trail began. That wasn’t the only weird thing they discovered, either…

They realized that the object appeared to have moved in a straight line. That was very common for artificial or manmade objects—but not common at all for anything from the natural world.

Tyler and others believed that object—which definitely wasn’t natural—crashed into the mountainside and then slid until it came to a halt. “We can see on top of it we have a lot of rigid and sharp ends, also casting shadows over to the side,” Tyler explained.

That wasn’t the only theory Tyler and his buddies at Secureteam came up with, either. They also believed that the object could have burst out of the mountain itself after being placed there by unknown aliens!

Neither professional researchers nor the folks at Secureteam could say a lot conclusively about the mysterious object. After all, they only had a single satellite image to work with…

This wasn’t the first time aliens were suspected of prowling Antarctica. In April of 2017, a suspicious iceberg was the source of speculation for believers who felt there was no way the object could be natural…

This iceberg, they claimed, was relatively new to the region and didn’t share characteristics with other icebergs in the area. “This object is really peculiar,” said one believer, “and looks like a vessel disguised as an iceberg.”

In February of 2018, the Secureteam volunteers made another interesting discovery in Antarctica. They used a heat map and found a patch of unexplained activity out there. They speculated it could be proof of an underground base…

There’s a reason why Antarctica is a popular location not just for conspiracy theories about extraterrestrials, but for the United States government. Theorists claim that, for years, the government has operated underground bases that they don’t want the people to know about—because they deal with UFOs and other alien activity.

Of course, the government insists that it hasn’t had any contact with visitors from other worlds. Still, this does not stop those who believe from continuing to look for proof that the government is lying…

Satellite photos like the one recently captured on South Georgia Island definitely added fuel to the fires of these conspiracy theories. However, geologists warned these believers not to get too far ahead of themselves…

One such expert who watched the video said, “I can confirm 100 percent that what you see in the image is just the result of a glacial slide. Sorry.” Be that as it may, people keep tuning in…