California Led U.S. with 490 UFO Sightings in 2017
UFO sightings are nothing new. The Puritans reported strange sightings and lights in the sky as early as the 1600s. With the advent of movies about outer space and unidentified flying objects came even more sightings. The National UFO Reporting Center (NUFORC) has an entire website dedicated to the "collection and dissemination of objective UFO data." The organization curates reports of UFO sightings in the U.S. and Canada via a web form and a phone hotline, which has operated almost continuously since 1974. NUFORC logged a total of 4,655 sightings in 2017, down from the 2016 total of 5,619.
A recent report came from New Mexico on December 14. A woman reported that she and her husband saw a triangular object with bright green lights near Santa Fe. She claims they "saw an object flying across the Interstate in a southeasterly direction. It appeared triangular with bright green lights around its entire periphery."
"From my husband's perspective, it appeared larger than a full moon," she reported. "By the time it crossed my field of vision (I was in the passenger seat), it appeared slightly smaller than a full moon. It was perhaps several hundred feet in front and above us and appeared to be moving at about 100 mph or less. It seemed to be heading down and then it vanished."
NUFORC spoke with the witness via telephone and "found her to be very eloquent, and very sober-minded. We suspect that she is an excellent witness."
NEXT: The Number of UFO Sightings by StateCalifornia far and away submitted the most reports of UFO sightings, topping the list with 490 in 2017. Florida was next with 308, followed by Washington (192), Arizona(180), and New York (170). New Mexico, home to the famous 1947 UFO sighting in Roswell, came in at number 25 with 73 reported sightings. Perhaps surprisingly, Nevada, where the legendary Area 51 is located, reported only 55 sightings, coming in at number 29 overall. N. Dakota, Hawaii, and S. Dakota had the fewest reports, with 6, 13, and 16 respectively.
50. N. Dakota 649. Hawaii 13
48. S. Dakota 16
47. Vermont 17
46. Wyoming 17
45. W. Virginia 18
44. Alaska 19
43. Mississippi 21
42. Delaware 22
41. Nebraska 25
40. Rhode Island 28
39. Arkansas 30
38. Louisana 34
37. Maine 35
36. Iowa 40
35. Idaho 41
34. Montana 47
33. Oklahoma 47
32. Kansas 49
31. N. Hampshire 49
30. Indian 53
29. Nevada 55
28. Alabama 60
27. Kentucky 62
26. Utah 67
25. N. Mexico 73
24. Minnesota 81
23. Wisconsin 83
22. Illinois 85
21. Maryland 86
20. Tennessee 88
19. Massachusetts 99
18. Virgina 99
17. S. Carolina 103
16. Missouri 111
15. N. Jersey 111
14. Oregon 111
13. Georgia 11312. Texas 116
11. Michigan 121
10 N. Carolina 135
9. Connecticut 146
8. Ohio 146
7. Colorado 147
6. Pennsylvania 161
5. New York 170
4. Arizona 180
3. Washington 192
2. Florida 308
1. California 490
Some recent reports out of California include: an "orange light flying in the sky that was changing direction very rapidly" in Sacramento; "a small, quiet, blinking object; it's movements were very smooth, unlike a plane or a helicopter" in Carmichael; a "group of about 25 chevron shaped crafts all glowing a soft orange color" in Daly City; a "large, dull red-colored, round object with a darker brownish glow around the outside going very fast" in Watsonville; and a "RED light seen at night gliding together and lights disappearing one by one along with sound" in Hawthorn.
Tom DeLonge's To the Stars Academy Posts Declassified UFO Videos
Blink-182 member's company employs intelligence officer once tasked with leading Pentagon's secret UFO investigation program.
Tom DeLonge's To the Stars Academy of Arts & Science posted a pair of declassified U.S. military videos Saturday purportedly showing evidence of unidentified flying objects.
The findings by the Blink-182 member's To the Stars were released at the same time that both the New York Times and Politico reported that the Pentagon had a secret $22 million program investigating "unidentified aerial phenomena" (UAPs).
Military intelligence officer Luis Elizondo oversaw the program – dubbed the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP) – until it was reportedly shuttered in 2012; Elizondo remained at the Pentagon until October, when he left to become Director of Global Security & Special Programs for To the Stars Academy. DeLonge is the Academy's President and CEO.
Tom DeLonge's To the Stars Academy posted a pair of declassified U.S. military videos purportedly showing evidence of unidentified flying objects.
Speaking to the New York Times, Elizondo revealed that he resigned from the Pentagon due to the secrecy and "internal opposition" against the program, as well as budgetary cuts. "Why aren't we spending more time and effort on this issue?" Elizondo wrote of UAPs in his resignation letter to Defense Secretary Jim Mattis.
The Pentagon confirmed to Politico that the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program did exist until 2012, when "it was determined that there were other, higher priority issues that merited funding and it was in the best interest of the [Department of Defense] to make a change."
Former U.S. senators Harry Reid, Daniel Inouye and Ted Stevens all helped spearhead the AATIP program in 2009 with help from aeronautics billionaire Robert Bigelow, whose company was contracted to oversee the project; witnesses told the New York Times that Bigelow's headquarters houses recovered pieces of UAP crafts.
While neither video offers conclusive evidence of the existence of UFOs, both videos – shot in 2004 by U.S. Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet aircrafts – show a UAP, in this case a whitish oval-shaped object the size of a commercial plane, moving at high velocities and hovering in unexplainable ways.
In one of the videos, two pilots marvel at the object, which they initially label a "drone" before it displays velocity and rotation abilities outside of a drone's framework. "Look at that thing, dude," the pilot exclaims in cockpit audio. The New York Times also posted the Navy pilots' firsthand account of the encounter.
To the Stars Academy wrote that the footage "comes with crucial chain-of-custody (CoC) documentation because it is a product of US military sensors, which confirms it is original, unaltered, and not computer generated or artificially fabricated. While there have been leaked versions on the internet, the CoC establishes the authenticity and credibility that this version is the original footage taken from one of the most advanced sensor tracking devices in use."
Elizondo added of Saturday's disclosure, "That fact is not something any government or institution should classify in order to keep secret from the people."
DeLonge, who penned "Aliens Exist" for Blink-182 in 1999, spoke to Rolling Stoneearlier this year about his UFO obsession and what it would mean for mankind if extraterrestrials did exist. "What would happen if those intelligences were roaming around the universe and getting involved in the genetics and colonization of other types of life?" DeLonge said. "Look, we do that to animals and indigenous tribes."
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UFO History & Folklore
(Dedicated to Annie)
Unidentified flying objects, or UFOs, have long occupied the imaginations of men, women, and children. UFOs are generally associated with extraterrestrial aliens, though the term "UFO" itself does not necessitate alien involvement. It simply refers to something flying through the air that cannot be identified as any known object. The alien association with UFOs is largely due to the fact that many people who have seen UFOs also claim to have seen aliens or even to have been abducted by aliens. Thus, UFOs are often believed to be evidence for creatures that appear in works of science fiction and have inspired Halloween costumes. Science fiction, however, is not the only literary realm in which UFOs appear, for some modern UFO enthusiasts believe that evidence for UFOs and aliens exists in ancient documents such as the Bible's Book of Ezekiel. Beginning in the middle of the 20th century, an increasing number of alien sightings led many people to rethink whether human beings are the only life in the universe. The debate continues, with many people on each side of the issue.
For someone to profess that they have seen a UFO is not necessarily convincing evidence for the existence of aliens. After all, those who report such sightings might be hallucinating or lying, or they might be misled. Actual pictures of UFOs, on the other hand, make these stories more convincing. Many pictures of unidentified flying objects exist. Some of these photos have explanations that surfaced months or years after they were taken. Others remain unexplained.
Almost as common as reports of UFOs are reports of alien abductions. Several individuals have told stories of the harrowing encounters they have had with alien beings. During these encounters, they speak of being interviewed and/or experimented upon. Some researchers associate these stories with false memories. Others are convinced that something strange and otherworldly actually happens to many of those who make such claims.
Many of those who report being abducted by aliens also say that the creatures have placed implants in their bodies. Some people who have been abducted have even tried to prove that they have had a tracking device or other such thing placed in their bodies. Evidence for such implants remains scant, but that has not stopped people from making the claims.
One of the most well-known accounts of alien sightings is associated with Roswell, New Mexico. Several individuals have alleged that an alien spacecraft crashed near Roswell in 1947 and that the U.S. Air Force has covered it up. The U.S. Air Force has reported that no aliens ever crashed there, but that has not stopped people from making the claim. Descriptions of the Roswell "aliens" continue to serve as the basis for many alien Halloween costumes.
The Roswell incident is perhaps the most well-known story of military UFO cover-ups, but it is by no means the only account. Conspiracy theories regarding the government's hiding of evidence for aliens and UFOs abound. Even astronauts have alleged that organizations such as NASA are hiding something when it comes to UFOs. That the government is known to have hidden information about other things from the public serves to give life to these allegations, even if the government has never encountered UFOs or extraterrestrial lifeforms.
Even those who are the most skeptical about UFO and alien encounters do not necessarily discount the possibility of extraterrestrial life. In fact, there are many scientific searches already being conducted with the hopes of finding alien lifeforms. These searches may not return the "little green men" that have served as the models for many Halloween costumes, but they are intriguing nonetheless. Moreover, interest in UFOs continues, with the number of resources devoted to studying UFOs continually increasing.
Scientists Captured UFO At Hessdalen Observatory
Researchers at the Ostfold University College in Norway reportedly captured on camera in September 2007 a UFO that people in the area had been reporting for years.
The researchers captured the mysterious aerial phenomenon, known as the Hessdalen lights, using equipment at the university’s Hessdalen Interactive Observatory, reportedly the only “official 24-hour observatory in the world.”
According to the Ostfold University College researcher Professor Erling Strand, scientists decided to investigate after locals began reporting frequent sightings of UFO light phenomenon in 1981.
Residents reported sighting colored — yellow, red, and bright white — lights floating in the dark over the valley nearby. Duration of sightings varied widely from seconds to hours. Witnesses reported watching the lights hover, move to and fro or at great speed over the valley.
Although there had been reports of sightings of UFO lights in the area since the 1930s, there was a dramatic increase in sightings between December 1981 and the middle of 1984 when daily sightings peaked at 20.
Residents reported seeing the lights in the valley but sometimes the lights approached their homes. The sightings caused local residents concern because they were unable to explain the source. Concern about the nature of the lights has grown lately because scientists are unable to explain the sightings despite three decades of research.
Researchers have proposed a number of obscure theories, including unexplained combustion processes involving sodium, oxygen, and hydrogen, due probably to deposits of scandium in the area. Others suggested the lights could be due to plasma generated by ionization of atmospheric gasses. Yet other researchers suggested the lights could be due to forms of electricity generated by crystal rocks.
Scientific investigators and students at the Ostfold University College decided to investigate the phenomenon using monitoring equipment at the Hessdalen Interactive Observatory.
“The light phenomena here in Hessdalen in Norway started in late ’81 with a lot of sightings, at the most it was 20 sightings a week.”
The researchers obtained the first footage of the lights on the fourth night after they set up the equipment.
The YouTube (see below) shows a documentary produced by the award-winning Norwegian filmmaker Terje Toftenes, titled The Day Before Disclosure. It includes footage (48.35-51:37) of the Hessdalen light phenomenon captured by scientists at the Ostfold University College.
The documentary expresses faith that with recent dramatic increase in reports and documentation of UFO sightings around the world, we are approaching full UFO disclosure.
“This is the story of the witnesses that were laughed at, researchers and reporters that weren’t believed and the government and military personnel that were sworn to silence. A story that alters the foundation of everything you thought you knew…,” the video description says.
According to UFO enthusiasts, the footage, being scientifically “verified,” offers proof of the existence of mysterious UFO phenomenon.
“The light phenomena here in Hessdalen in Norway started in late ’81 with a lot of sightings, at the most it was 20 sightings a week,” Strand said. “The local people here started to see the light down in the valley, sometimes close to their houses and they were wondering what this could be.”
According to UFO researchers, while governments pretend to be uninterested in UFO phenomenon, the truth is that behind the scenes, military and intelligence agencies pay close attention to reported cases of UFO sightings, also known as Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon (UAP).
Governments maintain top-secret programs to study the phenomenon using ground and airborne military radar facility. Official investigations of reports by credible witnesses are also conducted.
Hundreds of credible witnesses, including civilian and military pilots, have reported sightings. Many UFOs have also been tracked by military radar.
Evidence of government interest in UAPs is revealed in recently declassified UFO files. Some of the documents show that governments are concerned and worried about the implications of UFO sightings to national security.
The Inquisitr reported in February that classified documents released in 2012 by the U.K. Ministry of Defense revealed military officials urging the government to investigate UFOs as a “matter of priority.” “If they do exist we do not know what they are, their purpose or if they pose a threat to the UK,” an official wrote. “If the sightings are of devices not of the earth then their purpose needs to be established as a matter of priority.”
“Behind the scenes, high ranking Air Force officers are soberly concerned about UFOs,” former head of the CIA Admiral Roscoe Hillenkoetter said in 1960. “But through official secrecy and ridicule, many citizens are led to believe the unknown flying objects are nonsense.”
“The U.S. Air Force has constantly misled the public about UFOs. I urge congressional action to reduce the danger from secrecy,” he added.
The widespread use of phone cameras and the emergence of the Internet has led to widespread reports and documentation of sightings. The Internet is making it increasingly difficult for governments to deny the existence of UFOs, enthusiasts say.