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Western US Reports the Most UFO Sightings: What's Really Up There?

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Apr. 12 2024, Published 9:02 a.m. ET

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A recent study suggests that individuals in the western United States, who enjoy vast open landscapes, may be more inclined to report sightings of unidentified aerial phenomena (UAP), commonly known as UFOs.

Analyzing approximately 98,000 UAP reports spanning two decades, researchers examined various environmental factors such as light pollution, cloud cover and proximity to airports and military bases, drawing from an online database maintained by the National UFO Research Center (NUFORC).

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Unexpectedly, the study found a significant concentration of reported sightings in the western U.S., with a smaller hotspot in the northeastern region.

Richard Medina, a geographer from the University of Utah leading the research, expressed surprise at this finding, noting the challenge in explaining the disparity in sightings across different regions, Space.com reported.

The researchers theorize that the abundance of UAP sightings in the western U.S. could be attributed to its vast, unobstructed landscapes and favorable weather conditions, which encourage outdoor activities and sky observation.

Additionally, the region's historical association with UAPs, such as Nevada's Area 51, renowned for alleged testing of advanced aircraft, and the infamous Roswell incident in New Mexico, might contribute to heightened reporting of UAP sightings.

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The study underscores the importance of understanding the environmental context surrounding UAP sightings to distinguish between genuine anomalies and misidentified terrestrial objects.

While the research sheds light on patterns in reported sightings, questions remain regarding the nature of these phenomena and the need for further investigation.

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The study's findings coincide with recent inquiries into UAPs by the Pentagon, which concluded that there is no concrete evidence to support claims of extraterrestrial spacecraft.

Nevertheless, numerous credible reports from military sources remain unexplained, prompting ongoing research into temporal patterns and sociocultural influences on UAP sightings.

Published in Scientific Reports, this study marks a significant step in unraveling the mysteries surrounding UAP sightings, though much remains to be explored.

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