posted on Feb, 22 2005 @ 08:26 AM
UFO sightings hit record pace
CP 2005-02-21 02:52:59
WINNIPEG -- There were no little green men to be seen but there were plenty of strange occurrences in the night sky last year. A national survey by
Ufology Research of Manitoba shows a record 882 UFO sightings were recorded in Canada in 2004 -- an average of more than two a day and up 31 per cent
from the previous year.
Included in the reports of unidentified flying objects were disc-shaped crafts, spectacular fireballs and a large black triangular object moving
through the sky.
Chris Rutkowski, research co-ordinator for the UFO tracking group, said the results show that people still have a fascination with what's going on
"People are curious about the universe," Rutkowski said yesterday. "People continue to report observing unusual objects in the sky and some of
these objects do not have simple or obvious explanations."
Rutkowski said he's not exactly sure what caused the increase, although sightings have been growing steadily.
For a while that could be attributed to popular TV shows such as the X-Files or significant events such as the millennium, he said, but now it might
simply be due to more UFO reporting sites on the Internet.
Ontario led with 254 sightings, British Columbia was second with 247 and Manitoba was third with 112.
Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Quebec all had a record number of sightings.
Figures show that more than 5,000 UFO sightings have been officially reported in Canada since 1989. Witnesses include pilots, police and individuals
with good observation capabilities, Rutkowski said.
In most cases, a sighting can be explained, he added. More often than not it's a satellite, a piece of flaming asteroid or some kind of military
But in 2004, about 15 per cent of all UFO reports remained a mystery. Even when only the most high-quality cases are considered, seven per cent still
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