A Utah state helicopter patrol found a mysterious, smooth metal obelisk in the desert that looks like something from ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’

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  • A Utah state helicopter crew was counting sheep when they discovered a mysterious metal obelisk in an area of red rock.
  • There is no indication where the structure came from, and the state's Department of Public Safety is hinting that it's from out of this world.
  • The helicopter crew took photos and videos with the metal object and shared them online.
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Utah state employees spotted a tall metal obelisk in the middle of a remote area of federal lands and they have no idea what world it came from.

The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources was counting big horn sheep by helicopter in southeastern Utah when they saw the strange object and landed in the area to check it out, the Department of Public Safety said in a statement.


There was no obvious indication of who left the monolith and its location is so remote that if people did visit the site they would easily get stuck.  The agency is withholding the location of the find for this reason. 

Having some fun, the agency poked fun at the idea that aliens left behind the structure.

"It is illegal to install structures or art without authorization on federally managed public lands, no matter what planet you're from," DPS said. 


The crew took a ton of photos at the site, posing with the object. 

In videos they shared on the state's website, you can hear the crew chatting about the baffling find. 

"What the heck?" one of the men said as he walked up to it.

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