Tourists Track Down Mysterious Metal Monolith That Appeared in Remote Part of Utah Desert | 22 Words

The existence of aliens has long fascinated the internet, and the latest discovery deep in the Utah desert has left everyone wondering whether we're truly alone or not...

Earlier this week, news of a mysterious monolith in Utah shook the internet.

And now some curious tourists have managed to track it down ...

For some of us, there's one big question that surrounds all aspects of life.

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Whether or not aliens exist seems to plague the minds of certain members of society, and it's really the not knowing that keeps them so intrigued.

The idea of believing is undeniably attractive.

For many, the feeling that we aren't totally alone in the big universe can be rather a comforting point of view.

However, believing in aliens has something of a negative reputation.

Many who do believe in extraterrestrial beings tend to be painted as quacks and conspiracy theorists - which is actually kind of unfair.

But the question continues to plague some of us...

And the worst part? Well, it almost seems as though we'll never end up getting a straight answer to the question!

For believers, there's one area that particularly attracts attention.

The US Air facility, colloquially termed Area 51, is a disused facility that was likely once used for testing experimental air vehicles. The intense level of secrecy surrounding the area has led many to believe that there's something sketchy about it, however.

But some believe that the area isn't what it claims to be...

The intense level of secrecy surrounding the area has led many to believe that it's in some way related to alien life and unidentified flying objects.

For conspiracy theorists, it's something of a holy land.

Many others believe that it is an area of government secrets, but, likely, of a more boring and administrative variety.

However, it looks like Area 51 isn't the only place people are keeping their eyes on now...

After Utah's Department of Public Safety found something pretty otherworldly.

It started as a routine wildlife check...

And quickly took an extraterrestrial turn.

Officers spotted a mysterious monolith right in the middle of rural Utah.

The Utah Department of Public Safety took a helicopter over the desert when the strange sighting took place on Wednesday.

They were helping the Division of Wildlife Resources count bighorn sheep.

Which is a routine check they do every so often, when they noticed a strange-looking object on the ground.

The object appeared to come straight out of "2001: A Space Odyssey."

"One of the biologists ... spotted it, and we just happened to fly directly over the top of it," pilot Bret Hutchings said.

"He was like, 'Whoa, whoa, whoa, turn around, turn around!' And I was like, 'What.' And he's like, 'There's this thing back there, we've got to go look at it!'"

And there it was.

Right in the middle of a clearing in the rock stood the strange object.

Hutchings said it was easily "between 10 and twelve feet high."

Although he admitted it didn't look like it had fallen to the ground...

But instead, placed there on purpose.

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

Still, Hutchings thinks the object was more than likely placed there by a human, rather than an extraterrestrial.

"I'm assuming it's some new wave artist or something or, you know, somebody that was a big ("2001: A Space Odyssey") fan," he said.

In reference to the 1968 film where a large black monolith appears to study early civilization.

Although it's all pretty exciting, the DPS confirmed it's illegal for any forms of artwork to be placed without permission...

"No matter what planet you're from," they said in a statement released Monday.

They chose not to disclose the location of the monolith...

As "it is not yet clear who, or what put the monolith there," DPS said.

The Bureau of Land Management is currently deciding on whether an investigation will be required regarding the object.

But some eager tourists have managed to track down the mystery object ...

And the pictures are just brilliant.

In spite of the location being undisclosed, this couldn't stop people searching for it ...

Honestly, we can kind of see why.

The pics are absolutely epic.

We want our own monolith selfie!

Although we might be a little too scared.

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