Here’s a date for your diaries, particularly if you’re interested in men (or indeed women) that are little and green: 25 June 2021 is the date set by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence for the US Director of National Intelligence and the Pentagon to have provided an unclassified report on “unidentified aerial phenomena”.

There was a time, of course, when UAPs were less fashionably called “UFOs”, but the change in nomenclature appears to be proof that the US government is now taking matters seriously; “aerial”, perhaps, because “flying” implies too much agency; “phenomena” because we cannot be entirely sure that “object” expresses the degree to which these entities might or might not be based in the material world. The only bit that remains the same is that they are still “unidentified” and that is how they are likely to remain even after the intelligence officials reveal all at the end of next month.