Star gazers who are trying to gain a better grasp of the universe came out to hear an American UFO researcher speak at the Mind Vault in Thunder Bay on Sunday.

One of the 50 people in attendance was Thunder Bay Observatory operator Randy McAllister, who said his belief in UFOs and extraterrestrials evolved from his interest in astronomy.

"Our reasoning tells us that there's more going on up there than meets the eye and science is just finally catching up,” he said.

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Thunder Bay resident Randy McAllister says science is just finally catching up with what's going on in the universe. (Nicole Ireland/CBC)

“And I could give you lots of examples, like the Kepler space telescope the last couple of years, [and] how many planets it's found. Science is starting to catch up to our understanding of the universe."

The man McAllister came to see — Richard Dolan — has been researching UFOs for 20 years.

Dolan said multiple military and intelligence sources have told him the US government has been actively studying UFOs for decades. He also pointed to several documents that have been declassified and predicted more secrets will be uncovered in the coming years.

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UFO researcher Richard Dolan came to The Mind Vault in Thunder Bay, where about 50 people watched his presentation called "UFO's for Modern Thinkers." The presentation is part of a cross-Canada tour called the Modern Knowledge Tour. (Nicole Ireland/CBC)

"You know, the Wikileaks era is now upon us,” Dolan told the crowd.

“We're at the cusp of a massive transformation in certain fundamental structures of knowledge of our society."

Dolan noted that physics is starting to explain some UFO phenomena, including manipulating gravity.