A Very Detailed Map of UFO Sightings
Based on data from the National UFO Reporting Center, the map below displays over 90,000 reports of UFO sightings dating back to 1905. Each circle corresponds to a reported UFO, with the size representing the number of reports received. Thanks also to the Mutual UFO Network for allowing me to reproduce images and videos from their website.
Link to Interactive Map
The most reported UFO sightings
Assuming more reported sightings = more credible, these are the 10 most credible UFO sightings in recent history in the U.S.
1) Tinley Park Lights, Tinley Park, IL (10/2004) – 77 reports
2) Cone of Light, East Coast (9/2009) – 75 reports
3) Tinley Park Lights, Tinley Park, IL (10/2005) – 72 reports
4) Phoenix Lights, Phoenix, AZ (3/1997) – 65 reports
5) Blue-Green Fireball, the Midwest (7/1997) – 63 reports
6) Tinley Park Lights, Tinley Park, IL (8/2004) – 45 reports
7) Blue-Green Fireball, the Midwest (11/1999) – 43 reports
8) Washginton Fireball, Renton, WA (7/2012) – 40 reports
9) Rockford Lights, Rockford, IL (1/2001) – 25 reports
10) Lights Over NJ Turnpike, Carteret, NJ (7/2001) – 25 reports
Some possible explanationsIllinois is involved in 6 of the 10 UFO sightings listed above, as well as several other mass UFO sightings further down the list.
I thought that was interesting because when you look at the total UFO reports per capita, IL actually ranks pretty low compared with other states.
My initial thought was that it must have something to do with O’Hare Airport, the busiest airport in the U.S. through most of this period.
Are there many UFO sightings around other busy airports?
The blue markers are the five busiest airports in the U.S.
Aside from Chicago, it does not appear there is much correlation between mass UFO sightings and big airports.
One pattern I did notice was that many of the mass UFO sightings occur particular dates.
UFOs seem to have a penchant for firework displays.
Both #5 and #8 in the list above occurred on the Fourth of July. And in both cases, the UFOs were described as “fireballs.”
Aside from the obvious explanation, it could just be that more people are looking up at the sky on those nights.
Take a look at these three videos of the “Washington Fireball” UFO sighting and see whether you think they are actually fireworks.
Some of the bigger UFO sightings also coincide with large meteor showers or space craft launches. Though when I looked into it, the effect did not come out very strong.
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Written by: Max Galka on June 3, 2015.