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Mapping the Unseen: New Study of UFO Sightings Across America

In a recent study, researchers compiled a map delineating the regions of the country where UFO sightings are most frequently reported.

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Researchers from the University of Utah have embarked on a quest to understand the correlation between environmental variables and the frequency of reported UFO encounters.

By meticulously examining nearly 100,000 documented sightings reported to the National UFO Reporting Center (NUFORC) over two decades, they have crafted a detailed map pinpointing regions with heightened UFO activity.

Credit: Medina, Brewer et al. Scientific Reports 2023

Their findings reveal a striking concentration of sightings in the western United States, outpacing all other regions save for a notable area in the northeast.

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This western predilection for UFO reports may be attributed to a rich tapestry of cultural and historical ties to unexplained aerial phenomena, including the infamous Area 51 in Nevada, the legendary Roswell incident in New Mexico, and Utah’s own enigmatic Skinwalker Ranch.

The region’s vibrant outdoor culture, which encourages year-round recreation on public lands, also contributes to a populace that frequently gazes upward, potentially increasing the likelihood of sighting something unusual.

Richard Medina, a geographer at the University of Utah, emphasizes the region’s unique connection to Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP), bolstered by a history of military testing grounds such as the US Army Dugway Proving Ground.

It is crucial to note, however, that the study’s intent was not to substantiate extraterrestrial visitations but rather to analyze ordinary factors that might affect the number of sightings.

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Whether these sightings are of otherworldly visitors or merely misunderstood terrestrial occurrences, the study sheds light on where one might look to the skies in hopes of witnessing the unexplained.

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Jake Carter

Jake Carter is a researcher and a prolific writer who has been fascinated by science and the unexplained since childhood. He is always eager to share his findings and insights with the readers of, a website he created in 2013.