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‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ Style Monolith Discovered In Utah

Is this an other worldly phenomenon?

Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey
Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey

Just last week (Nov. 18), Utah’s Department of Public Safety was assisting the Division of Wildlife Resource‘s search for bighorn sheep in remote southern Utah when they discovered something “other worldly.” A mysterious metal monolith, similar to that of Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 sci-fi epic “2001: A Space Odyssey,” was tucked in a red rock cove.

The structure was first spotted by a state employee from a helicopter and was later discovered by The Utah Department of Public Safety and the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources. Bret Hutchings, who was flying the helicopter, told KSLTV: “One of the biologists is the one who spotted it and we just happened to fly directly over the top of it.”

After landing the helicopter to investigate, the crew still found no explanation for the object’s origin. The mysterious monolith, which is made of smooth, black-grey metal, is estimated to stand between 10 to 12 feet tall. According to the crew, the object looked as if it was manmade and was “installed” or dug into the ground. 

The exact location of the monolith has not been revealed as officials fear that those who go searching for it may end up stranded in the middle of nowhere and  would need to be rescued.

Hutchings called it the strangest thing he’d ever come across. He also added, “I’m assuming it’s some new wave artist or something or, you know, somebody that was a big ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ fan.” But what do you think it is?

See photos and watch KSL-TV’s report on the recently discovered Utah monolith here and the clip of the black monolith from Kubrick’s film in the video below.

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