UFO sightings are more common than you might think and date back to Biblical times, but how many have been seen in West Virginia?
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.
Almost 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.
West Virginia by the numbers:
The Green Bank Observatory in Pocahontas County, West Virginia is a premier location for scientists dedicated to the study of alien life (OK, and mapping stars, supernovas, and other more generalized scientific research) by documenting energy waves hundreds of light years away in computers via a giant radio telescope. With many signals so weak that they are easily drowned out by any ambient noise, these scientists respect the National Radio Quiet Zone, a scientific code that prohibits everyday technological devices so they can do their jobs without interference.
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 financial 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. intelligence report on UFOs, 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 n ‘has been found, but this conveniently cannot be excluded.
States with the most UFO sightings:
- California: 10,333 observations
- Florida: 5,826 sightings
- Washington: 4,351 observations
States with the fewest UFO sightings:
- Washington, DC: 87 observations
- North Dakota: 192 observations
- Wyoming: 266 observations