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Locations with the most UFO records are revealed in new study

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UFOs have been attracting attention recently, ranging from sightings of ordinary people to government investigations. Now a study has brought these apparitions even more into focus with a geographic study of more than 100,000 apparitions.

In recent years, people have started to take UFOs more seriously, and some measures have been taken to do so, starting with renaming. Unidentified flying objects are now known as unidentified anomalous phenomena, encompassing not only objects seen in the sky, but also those found in the oceans.

Additionally, an official report on the matter was produced by the United States Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), which was the basis for several hearings held by the US Congress in 2022. At the same time, NASA set up a program to investigate the UAPs.

NASA Director Bill Nelson during a press conference held by the agency to present the first report of the investigation into UFO sightings by military and former US government employees.  (Credit: NASA)
NASA Director Bill Nelson during a press conference held by the agency to present the first report of the investigation into UFO sightings by military and former US government employees. (Credit: NASA)

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Geography of UFO sightings

Despite government efforts, until then there was no academic research on UAPs. Now, in the new study, recently published in the journal Scientific Reports, researchers decided to investigate around 98,000 UFO sightings reported in the United States between 2021 and 2022 to understand their occurrences.

  • The researchers discovered that the region in the western third of the United States has a large number of reported sightings, while the southeast region is rarely “visited” by these objects;
  • Places with greater viewing potential, those without much light pollution, few clouds and without many tree canopies, are areas more likely to occur sightings;
  • Likewise, regions that are closer to airports and military bases have a greater potential for UFO appearances.

It is believed that the reason there are so many sightings in these places is because people do not know exactly what they saw. Some possibilities raised by researchers are that, in fact, this object could be old planes, drones, military aircraft, balloons, satellites and spacecraft being launched. Aliens are also mentioned, but they are at the very bottom of the list.

Researchers believe that UFO reports occur because people don't know exactly what they saw (Credit: Raggedstone/ Shutterstock)
Researchers believe that UFO reports occur because people don't know exactly what they saw (Credit: Raggedstone/ Shutterstock)

Researchers now hope to investigate UFO sighting reports. This way, it can be determined when encounters with these objects became more frequent and which event drove this. This way it will be possible to classify data and identify what people are really seeing.



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