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Scientists determine where in the US you are most likely to see a UFO

By T.K. Randall
March 23, 2024 · Comment icon 83 comments
UFO hovering near a lake.
Where in the US do UFO sightings happen the most ? Image Credit: Pixabay / Tombud
In a new study, researchers put together a map showing the parts of the country where sightings are most common.
UFOs seem to be a hot topic these days and it will come as no surprise that people across the United States continue to report sightings of unidentified objects in the sky on a regular basis.

But if you've never had an encounter and want to see a UFO for yourself, where exactly should you go?

In a new study, researchers at the University of Utah wanted to find out how environmental factors such as cloud cover and light pollution impacted the number of sightings in any given area.

To this end, they analyzed almost 100,000 sightings collected by the National UFO Reporting Center (NUFORC) between 2001 and 2020 and produced a map of UFO hot and cold spots.

The resulting map makes it clear that the western part of the United States sees far more UFO sightings than anywhere else, with the exception of a small section of the north-eastern corner.
"The West has a historical relationship to UAP - Area 51 in Nevada, Roswell in New Mexico and here in Utah we have Skinwalker Ranch in the Uinta Basin and military activity in the US Army Dugway Proving Ground," said University of Utah geographer Richard Medina.

"Plus, there's a robust outdoor community that recreates in public lands year-round."

"People are out and looking skyward."

This is not to say that the prevalence of reports in the west of the country is necessarily down to alien visitation, however, as the study's goal was to look at conventional factors that influence sightings.

Even so, the map provides an interesting overview of the distribution of sightings across the states.

Map Image Credit: Medina, Brewer et al. Scientific Reports 2023

Source: Science Alert | Comments (83)

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Comment icon #74 Posted by Earl.Of.Trumps 16 days ago
But then too, Hanken, if they do not ever visit the atolls mentioned, then that is a clue of some kind.   
Comment icon #75 Posted by Earl.Of.Trumps 16 days ago
And just some food for thought... The UFO sightings in America are decidedly more frequent out west. So are Bigfoot sightings. 
Comment icon #76 Posted by Hankenhunter 16 days ago
That's just it, Earl. How do we know they haven't? It's not like there's cameras guarding the test sites. Just signs saying DANGER, DO NOT ENTER. Perhaps they can guage the size of the bombs by the amount of residual radiation left at a site. I don't claim to know for sure, but I'm not going to discount it.
Comment icon #77 Posted by Trelane 16 days ago
Because there has never been any reports of  or statements of craft whizzing around or "interfering" during the batteries of tests the US conducted there. No leaked documents, no tell all books, no deathbed confessions, nothing.   I had the opportunity to visit the Runit Dome about 6 years ago now. Nothing mysterious visiting or scanning that very scary monument to atomic testing.
Comment icon #78 Posted by Hazzard 16 days ago
I dont think there is good evidence for UFOs being seen more over nuke sites, silos, subs, powerplants etc.. than anywhere alse. But it sure sounds cooler.
Comment icon #79 Posted by Hankenhunter 15 days ago
That's a bingo. 40 years of denials has gotten you what? Ulcers? What have you, and your cohorts accomplished, besides driving members away? Nothing except bad feelings. The archives were very elucidating, and tell an interesting story.
Comment icon #80 Posted by Dejarma 15 days ago
80+ years of modern ufology has achieved what?
Comment icon #81 Posted by Dejarma 15 days ago
like I've said to you before oh clever one= what do you mean by members? believer members do you mean? Any possible skeptic members will most definitely be put off when reading what you say in here! not good for UM, is it Sherlock- oh clever one............ hmmm, but having said that skeptics will probably read what you say & feel compelled to join--  so as far as your concerned I see your point- oh well, sorry about that- you'll survive I'm sure oh clever one. 
Comment icon #82 Posted by Hazzard 15 days ago
UFOlogy does that better than any skeptic ever could! The tinfoiler crew are their own worst enemy.
Comment icon #83 Posted by Resume 15 days ago
Lot's of medium-cool stories.

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