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Regardless of whether the truth is really out there, the majority of Americans reporting UFO sightings are in California, including parts of the San Diego area where a number of sightings were reported as recently as last week. That’s according to — cue the creepy music — the National UFO Reporting Center.
California leads the nation with some 16,000 UFO sightings listed in two databases, the National UFO Reporting Center and the Mutual UFO Network, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Wednesday. Florida, Texas, Washington state and Pennsylvania trail behind California.
Stories about extraterrestrials and their spaceships shot up this month with the release of a new reference book by UFO columnist Cheryl Costa that looks at trends found in those two databases. The “UFO Sightings Desk Reference: United States of America 2001-2015” analyzed more than 100,000 UFO sightings reported in the U.S.
The news also spurred chatter on Twitter and elsewhere on social media where people shared their enthusiasm (or lack thereof) in having “little green men” visit Earth.
UFO sightings are often dismissed by skeptics due to the lack of credible evidence or testimony, but out of curiosity we took a look at the data in the National UFO Reporting Center and found some information that should be interesting to Californians and San Diegans in particular.
For example, earlier this month, someone reported seeing “3 orange lights form a triangle over Pacific” from Mount Soledad. That was on Wednesday, March 15. Then on Tuesday, March 21, someone reported a “rapid blinking light” in the skies over Miramar. If you fancy taking a look at the reports, you can find them here.
By far, Los Angeles County outranks any other place in California and some 40 states in the nation with 3,200 sightings reported, Costa told the Chronicle.
The story has, ahem, taken off on the internet and on social media. Even the popular link curation site Drudge Report shared the “news” in the form of a tweet, which attracted its own share of comments.
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