UFO sightings date back to biblical times.
In the book of Ezekiel of the Bible, a mysterious ship is described as appearing from heaven in Chaldea (present-day Kuwait). Strange sightings were recorded around Rome in 218 BC. A handful of other unknown objects in the sky were noted in Germany in 1561, in Hull, England in 1801, and on several occasions during World War II when Allied pilots used the term “foo fighters” to describe the strange circles of light pilots noticed. flanking their planes during combat.
The term “UFO,” short for “unidentified flying object,” was coined in 1953 by the US Air Force as a bucket term for unexplained sightings like these. However, sightings in the United States were hardly limited to areas of military overflight. The earliest recorded UFO sighting dates back to 1639 when, long before the era of planes and satellites, John Winthrop wrote in his diary about a large and strange light in the sky moving back and forth. By the time he and the other men on his boat noticed them, their ship was a mile from where it was when they first spotted the light.
Since its founding in 1974, the National UFO Reporting Center (NUFORC) has documented around 90,000 UFO sightings, with nearly 95% of those sightings believed to be easily explained as military tests, weather balloons, or other land activity. . Using data from NUFORC’s 24/7 hotline, which has been in existence since 1974, Stacker compiled a ranking of the states with the most reported UFO sightings. The NUFORC dataset includes reports dating back to 1400.
For each state, we have also included details of famous UFO sightings in that state. Of note, nearly three-quarters of all UFO sighting reports in the United States occur between 4 p.m. and midnight, and tend to peak between 9 and 10 p.m. Food for thought the next time you seek out alien life. Read on to see how many UFO sightings your state has had.
Tennessee in numbers
– UFO sightings: 1,556
Five separate witnesses from the Tennessee cities of Knoxville, Cleveland, Kingston, Coalfield and Murfreesboro reported on March 29, 2019 to the National UFO Reporting Center. Reports said a fireball and various lights passed over the sky for about 10 seconds. In 2018, Tennessee was ranked among the top six states for UFO sightings in “UFO Cases of Interest: 2018 Edition”.
The first documented image of a UFO was captured in 1870 atop Mount Washington in New Hampshire. Other sightings were reported from Mount Rainier in Washington in 1947, and of course several from Roswell, New Mexico. Since then, countless unusual shapes in the sky – and their supposed inhabitants – have been exhaustively reported without sufficient explanation beyond the possible existence of extraterrestrial life.
An increase in eyewitness accounts spawned even more sightings as well as attempts to protect against invasions and kidnappings. More than 40,000 Americans have purchased alien protection insurance, which provides customers with monetary relief if a loved one is taken away by little green men. A Roper poll in 1991 suggests that about 4 million Americans believe they were abducted by aliens.
The long-standing official position of the US government is that allegations of alien life stem from hoaxes or confusing other objects like weather balloons with UFOs or alien life. A much-anticipated U.S. UFO intelligence report, due to be presented to Congress on June 25, is unlikely to change this position: Leaks ahead of its release suggest the official ruling will be that no evidence of extraterrestrial life is ‘has been found, but this conveniently cannot be excluded.
Read on to find out which states had the most and the fewest UFO sightings.
States with the most UFO sightings
# 1. California: 10,333 observations
# 2. Florida: 5,826 sightings
# 3. Washington: 4,351 observations
States with the fewest UFO sightings
# 1. Washington, DC: 87 observations
# 2. North Dakota: 192 observations
# 3. Wyoming: 266 observations