According to a report by the United Nations, since 1947 more than 150
million people have been witnesses to UFO sightings throughout the world.
More than 20,000 of those have been documented landings. A Roper poll
conducted in the U.S. reported that 70% of the U.S. population believes
that the government is not telling the public everything it knows about
UFOs and extraterrestrials.
UFOs, or Unidentified Flying Objects, are just that ~ flying objects of unknown
origin. USOs, or Unidentified Submerged Objects, are objects of unknown origin
in the skies that are seen to enter and/or exit bodies of water. Ufology is the
study of UFOs/USOs and an Ufologist is one who studies them. Prior to the term
“unidentified flying object”, the term “flying saucer” was used.
Is this a recent phenomenon?
Cave drawings that depict UFOs and figures that look like astronauts date back
thousands of years and are found all over the world. Many cultures have stories
of ancestors who came from “the stars” in “air ships”.
The modern UFO era can be dated to June 1947 when private pilot Kenneth Arnold
reported seeing nine crescent-shaped objects traveling at speeds he estimated at
over 1,000 miles per hour while he was in flight near Mt. Rainier, Washington. A
few weeks later, New Mexico rancher William “Mac” Brazel claimed that a “flying
saucer” had crashed on his ranch near Roswell. However, there are instances of
reported sightings of strange aerial phenomena in newspaper clippings dating back
to the 1860s.
Every continent and nearly every country has reported UFO sightings. Official
organizations have been established to collect this data. MUFON (the Mutual UFO
Network) and NUFORC (the National UFO Reporting Center) are two that are widely
Who reports sightings?
Reports are made by people of all ages, all cultures, from all walks of life, and
all educational backgrounds. Some of the most convincing sightings have been