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๐Ÿ›ธ UFO emoji

or Flying Saucer emoji [ yoo-ef-oh ih-moh-jee ]

What does ๐Ÿ›ธ UFO emoji mean?

The UFO emoji ๐Ÿ›ธ portrays a flying saucer, a common depiction of an alien spaceship. The term UFOย stands for "unidentified flying object." The UFO emoji ๐Ÿ›ธ is often used to refer to outer space, spacecrafts, space aliens, or conspiracy theories. On July 2, the UFO emoji ๐Ÿ›ธ is used with the hashtag #WorldUFODay to commemorate World UFO Day.

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๐Ÿ‘ฝ Alien emoji, ๐ŸŒŸ Glowing Star emoji, ๐ŸŒ  Shooting Star emoji

Where does ๐Ÿ›ธ UFO emoji come from?

The UFO emoji ๐Ÿ›ธ was approved under Unicode 10.0 in 2017 as Flying Saucer. On most major platforms, the emoji resembles an alien spacecraft in the shape of a gray disc topped with a glass-covered cockpit. The Apple and Microsoft versions of the emoji depict a space alien piloting the ship. The Google, Samsung, Twitter, and Facebook versions of the emoji have the bottom of the ship emitting a tractor beam.

UFOs, also often referred to as flying saucers, are commonly depicted in popular culture as the spacecraft used by aliens from outer space. For this reason, the UFO emoji ๐Ÿ›ธ is often used with the Alien emoji ๐Ÿ‘ฝ to discuss fictional space aliens or to question their existence in real life. More generally, the UFO emoji ๐Ÿ›ธ is used with other outer space-themed emoji, such as the Rocket emoji ๐Ÿš€ or the Ringed Planet emoji ๐Ÿช, to discuss outer space or astronomy.

The term UFO dates back to the 1950s, when aviator Daniel Keyhoe used it in a book. In May 2021, the UFO emoji ๐Ÿ›ธ saw increased usage on social media after it was revealed that the United States government was completing a report on โ€œunidentified aerial phenomena.โ€ While government officials avoided providing more details, some in the media and the public concluded that the government was investigating the existence of alien spacecraft.

Examples of ๐Ÿ›ธ UFO emoji

I am now 100% sure that 2020 has been a psychological experiment run by aliens ๐Ÿ‘ฝ ๐Ÿ›ธ
@HeatherStarlin5, November 5, 2020
Itโ€™s World UFO Day today!! ๐Ÿ˜ Who wants to join me and drive out to the mountains to stargaze till we see some aliens? ๐Ÿ›ธ๐Ÿ‘ฝ
@ellie_acevedo, July 2, 2019

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Who uses ๐Ÿ›ธ UFO emoji?

The UFO emoji ๐Ÿ›ธ is often used in both lighthearted and serious discussions of space aliens.

The UFO emoji ๐Ÿ›ธ is also used to refer to outer space in general.

The UFO emoji ๐Ÿ›ธ can also refer to conspiracy theories.

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