Record Number Of Canadians Report UFO Sightings In 2008
They're out there, aren't they?
WINNIPEG - Some were strange lights. Some appeared to be cigar-shaped spaceships.
Canadians reported a record number of UFO sightings last year, according to Winnipeg-based Ufology Research.
The volunteer group of a half-dozen researchers noted 1,004 reported sightings in 2008 - up more than 25 per cent from the previous year and the highest amount in the 20 years Ufology has been keeping track.
"It's astonishing to me that we had such a dramatic increase," spokesman Chris Rutkowski said.
"It could be an indication that there's actually something up there seen in greater numbers than ever before, it could be that there are perhaps more military flights, it could be ... that people are more able to access websites where they can report the UFOs."
Ufology combs official and unofficial sources for its data - everything from Defence Department reports to videos posted on YouTube. The majority of sightings turn out to be airplanes, stars or some other run-of-the-mill source.
But between one and 10 per cent of sightings every year remain mysterious and enticing to UFO fans.
"It doesn't necessarily mean that the aliens are here, but it suggests there is a real physical phenomenon that is being observed and should be taken a little more seriously by scientists and the lay public alike," said Rutkowski, who holds a degree in astronomy.
I discussed this with a UFOlogist recently--although his line of study was related to why people believe in them, rather than whether or not they are real. A dramatic increase in UFO sightings is known as a "flap." Quite often it will take a year or two to find out if there's an outside cause for increased sightings--often a particular book, movie or other social incident will be responsible for a flap. When the Betty and Barney Hill story was televised as a TV Movie in the 1970s, it heralded the beginning of the current wave of sightings, replete with kidnappings and the ubiquitous "alien greys."
In many cases, increased sightings are the result of increased road travel--since people rarely walk at night any more, or merely hang out in an unlit back yard. Only on relatively unlit roads are people likely to observe anything they might deem inexplicable.
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I have seen an amazing sight that still has no explanation. I never "reported" it, but I was on the phone with someone else that also witnessed it.
I don't think there's anything wrong with seeing something. Doesn't mean they are nuts by any means.