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According to an organization that tracks UFO reports, this summer has been an especially busy period for UFO sightings. The Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) noted that sightings increased over the past six weeks, with some states more than doubling their normal numbers. Are we on the cusp of an alien invasion? Or maybe people just have more time on their hands to spot — and report — strange things in the sky?
"It's pretty exciting," said Clifford Clift, the international director of MUFON. "When you average 500 a month [nationwide] and go to 1,013 in one month, that's an interesting spike in sighting reports." Clift told Life's Little Mysteries that he's not sure what to make of the data at this point. It could be the start of something big, or it could merely be a computer glitch that accidentally counted some reports twice.
Another possibility is that we're simply in the midst of a "UFO flap," one of many periodic increases in sightings over the years. There are several reasons UFOs might appear in flaps, or clusters. One is that objects in the sky are usually seen by many people, especially when they appear over urban areas. UFOs typically don't hover close to Earth or in someone's back yard; instead, they are often sighted high in the sky — just far enough away so that we can't see details or get sharp photos.
There are also psychological and social explanations. Sightings are often fueled by the mass media; people read about mysterious things or see TV shows about them, and interest or concern about them spreads from person to person. It's not that anyone is hoaxing or making up sightings: Research has shown that if you tell people what to look for (a phenomenon called "priming"), people will often see what they are looking for — whether those things exist or not.
Originally posted by TheRiverCityAnswer
i live in the foothills of the sierra nevada mountains, and this summer i watched the sky a lot. From about July to august, there were a lot of lights, like orbs, going back and forth. They seemed to go too fast to be satellites, and a few of them seemed to be flying low.
while camping near lake tahoe,I saw one that was so obviously a craft under intelligent control to me. It was going so fast.
Do to me, that's me seeing a lot of activity at night.
Originally posted by SubPop79
Well if you graph their list of the number of sightings throughout time, the amount of sightings is rising exponentially since MUFON's inception. Also last summer had way more, with over 800 in July - the largest amount in their history.
Originally posted by Imtor
The question is how many of these are real unkniwn aircraft, not just sightings. People around watching more alien movies may start calling some bright star a UFO. I've seen such situation too, talking about people who have no idea is a bright star, a star, Venus or a UFO. Well, some people haven't studied Astronomy, I have.
Originally posted by blackmetalmist
What i do find kind of weird these days is the amount of abductions to have decreased. Rarely do you hear about this these days. I wonder sometimes if they have gotten everything they needed in the amount of time they have been here and now are ready for some kind of comeback.
Originally posted by yourignoranceisbliss
MUFON is no longer a credible source for information.
If UFOlogy is your thing, I'd steer far clear of them.