By Matthew Jackson, Source: Blastr.com
We never really need an excuse to walk outside, look at the sky and hope to see something extraterrestrial drifting by, but 2012 seems to be giving an extra boost to the UFO business. We’re not even a month into the year, and we’re already on pace to hear more sighting reports this year than ever before. If you want to believe, now seems to be the time.
In the first week of 2012 alone, UFO sightings were reported in the 36 of the 50 states here in the U. S. That’s according to the Mutual UFO Network (or MUFON), the largest UFO investigative body in the world. The states that were left out of this alien New Year’s party, in case you were curious, were Alaska, Arkansas, Delaware, Hawaii, Maine, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
According to MUFON’s international director Clifford Clift (Is that a great name for a UFO chaser or what?), the group received about 500 UFO reports for the whole of January 2011, and they received 233 in the first week of 2012 alone. And in case you’re thinking this is just some kind of anomalous occurrence, they also received a total of 810 reports in December 2011, up from only about 500 in December 2010.
Of course, most of these reports will turn out to be weather balloons, aircraft or astronomical phenomena. But there’s always that percentage of genuinely unexplained stuff that keeps us wondering. Clift said MUFON is on pace to see a great deal more reports this year than last year. And if that happens, the number of unexplained sightings will go up.
“Last year, we averaged over 6,000 total sightings, and if it continues at this pace, we’ll be up 50 percent, with about 10 percent of those reports ending up as unexplained after our investigation,” he said. Continue reading