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.
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.
UFO Spotted Over World Trade Center Ground Zero
A tourist on Vacay in New York City got more than they bargained for when they looked in the sky and saw an unidentified flying object as it whizzed past Ground Zero.
The witness was also able to capture photographic evidence of the sighting. The moment they realized what they were witnessing was a UFO, they whipped their camera out faster than a paparazzo yelling 'Beyonce' and snapped the perfect pic.
Bravo! That is pretty impressive. The sighting and evidence were reported to the Mutual UFO Network for further investigation.
Read More: www.express.co.uk/news/weird/688982/PICTURED-Bizarre-UFO-snapped-over-World-Trade-Center-Ground-Zero
A dude by the name of Daniel Koostachin claims to have proof of a UFO Sighting over Oshawa Harbour. He said it all started with a bad feeling.
He was about to visit a haunted house on June 22 around 9:30 a.m. when he showed up to the gates at the Oshawa Harbour. He then reported feeling extremely uncomfortable and that's when he noticed the UFO.
Read More: www.durhamregion.com/news-story/6760371-newmarket-man-claims-to-have-spotted-ufo-at-oshawa-harbour/
UFO Captured On Dash-Cam After Leaving MUFON Meeting
Video: Dash-cam footage of the UFO sighting on June 15, 2016. Sighting occurred just after 12:30am.
A couple witnesses captured a UFO on their cameras immediately following their departure from a Mufon meeting. The sighting took place on June 15, just after midnight in Orange County, California.
Below is their account of what took place during the sighting:
Both my wife and I attended Yvonne's lecture on June 15, 2016, at the local MUFON OC chapter. After the event, a few CERO and MUFON members including us attempted to get a bite to eat. Things didn't work due to circumstances beyond anyone's control, so we left. It was already 12:30am and both us had to go to work later that morning. Plus take the kids to school too. So the sighting took place in the very early morning hours of June 16, 2016.
So we get on 73 toll road heading south to our home. By this time it was probably around 1am. That is when the sighting occurred. Around the 8 second mark in the video you hear my exclaim "what the heck is that in the road!" then a short pause then I say "never mind." I thought I had seen a grey alien or the outline of it standing in the number 1 lane with both arms raised in the air. I figured I must be really tired to be seeing stuff like this not to mention I felt foolish for even saying something to my wife. So I dropped it.
Approximately 50 seconds later (close to 1 minute mark on the video) just as we're coming out of bend on the toll road is when I observe these strange lights. Nothing like I have ever seen before. The object is moving very slow, appears stationary at sometimes, and is no more than 500 feet off the ground. Since I was driving I had a hard time looking at the object and keeping the vehicle under control. Since my wife was a passenger she had a much better chance to view the object. It was also on the her side too (the object was to the west of the toll road). My wife actually thought the object was going to land and you can hear say as much on the video.
To me, the object appeared to have 4-5 red lights blinking on/off in unison. There were 2 smaller white/blue lights that remained constant (no blinking) and which seemed to be at the rear of the object. The red lights appeared to hang down vertically toward the ground. It reminded me of a string of Xmas tree lights. I never actually saw the outline or the shape of the aerial vehicle so I can't provide any detail regarding its shape. The object was heading west during our entire observation.
Cell phone footage of the UFO
At the 1:40 mark in the video, a strange light/object appears to streak by my car heading in a south to north direction. Neither of us observed it while the encounter was taking place. It was only after while reviewing the dash cam footage that it caught our attention. I don't know if it was a bird, insect or what but it does look strange.
Now we were very close to John Wayne Airport when this sighting took place, between MacArthur Blvd. and Bonita Canyon Drive, however the airport closes to airport traffic at 10pm for departures and 11pm for arrivals. So it wasn't a commercial aircraft, definitely not a jet, but maybe a helicopter. If it was a helicopter I have never seen a helicopter with that type of navigation light configuration. The Orange County Sheriff's Department fly 2 helicopters which I have observed flying at night. Neither of them look anything like what we saw that night.
Below are a couple links to YouTube videos for comparison:
UFO Spotted In Kasganj, Uttar Pradesh
A UFO was spotted by in India. I can't confirm the validity of this UFO sighting, but by the looks of this photo it's fake. I'm not one to call out hoaxes, but I'll let you guys decide. Below is a link to the alleged sighting.
Read More: www.indiatvnews.com/news/india-see-pic-ufo-spotted-in-kasganj-uttar-pradesh-image-goes-viral-on-social-media-338425