UFO Sightings Are Increasing — Here’s What The Internet Has To Say

UFOs light up the night sky and our imaginations. And if you’re curious about them, Connecticut seems to be the place to be for sightings. The state is having a busy Fall, when it comes to UFO sightings, with 75 reported in 2018 so far, according to Patch.com.

At least a dozen of those reports occurred from the end of August through early November. More than 45 communities within the state have reported sightings this year. This includes the communities of Newington, Burlington, Simsbury, Wallingford, Sandy Hook, Somers, and Stamford.

So are the sightings actually UFOs? Patch.com reported that some of the sightings sounded credible. And if you’re curious, you might want to check out the states below. They have the highest number of UFO sightings per 100,000 residents, the National UFO Reporting Center (NUFORC).

  1. Vermont.
  2. Oregon.
  3. Washington.
  4. Maine.
  5. New Hampshire.
  6. Arizona.
  7. New Mexico.
  8. Alaska.
  9. Montana.
  10. Idaho.

Lights are the most commonly reported objects, at 13 percent, NUFORC reports. Other UFOs have been reported as cigar-shaped, or disks, spheres, flashes, or even formations. In Connecticut, UFOs really seem to run the gamut, from “a bright light that first appeared to be a plane descending,” “a gigantic rectangular shape moving slowly just above the treeline,” to “4 glowing circular objects in the North Western sky, near Meriden, CT.”

The map below, created by Adam Crahen and others for Kaggle UFO Sightings shows that sightings have picked up over the last few years.

Supposed UFO sightings have lit this map up like a Christmas tree
As can be seen from this map, purported UFO sightings have increased since 2009. Image by Adam Crahen and others for Kaggle UFO Sightings.

Kaggle crunched the numbers and the majority of sightings occur on Saturdays between 9 and 11 p.m., The Independent notes. According to the map, the busiest time for sightings falls between July and January. Of course, this may be due to the rise of the internet, which makes it easier to report sightings. Whatever is going on, Kaggle has been at the forefront, having crunched the numbers and creating a series that lists more than 80,000 sitings worldwide on its website.

Many people are understandably skeptical whenever the topic of UFOs comes up. After all, most sightings occur in the middle of nowhere and are usually witnessed by only one person. But space in some ways is like a vast and endless sea. And like the sea, it is beautiful and fascinating to watch as it reveals itself to us in the night sky. Who knows what — or whom, if anything is waiting out there for us? We really don’t know, do we? But it’s fun to think about.

In the funny video below, Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson,  SETI astronomer Seth Shostak, and comedian Michael Ian Black discuss Hollywood’s portrayals of alien sightings.

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