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Sightings in the Skies

People have reported unidentified flying objects throughout recorded history. According to an analysis of data from the nonprofit National UFO Reporting Center (NUFORC) by the statistics website VizThis, sightings reported throughout the first half of the 20th century remained modestly steady. In the 1950s, they began to pick up. By the ‘70s, sightings had grown nationally to a few thousand per year, including now-famous Maine incidents at Loring Air Force Base (1975) and Allagash (1976).

U.S. sightings began to skyrocket in the ‘90s, according to the analysis, and the trend continues today. Turns out, Maine’s at the top of the trend—we’ve collectively logged about 5,500 sightings per ten million people, according to the analysis. The national average is about 2,500.

Other sources present similar findings. According to a 2014 article in The Washington Post, a third-party analysis conducted of data from the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON)—self-described as “the world’s oldest and largest UFO phenomenon investigative body”—revealed that Maine, Vermont and Arizona have more sightings than any other state.

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