UFO sightings are nothing new. People in the ancient world saw mysterious things in the sky, and that has never changed.

There was a spike back in the 60s, when Area 51 became a thing, but things have leveled off in recent years.

In 2018, in fact, there were “only” 3395 reported sightings of UFO’s in the United States and Canada.

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At least, that was the number reported to the National UFO Reporting Center (that’s a thing).

In 2019, 5971 people reported seeing Unidentified Flying Objects overhead – particularly in California, Florida, and Washington. Nevada, where Area 51 is located, only reported 70 sightings for the year, compared to 485 in California.

Peter Davenport, who runs the Washington-based reporting organization, told ABC News he didn’t have any insight into way the number jumped around 76% in only a year.

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“One of the mysteries of ufology is there is a fluctuation in the number of reports over the years. Some years it’s been low, but it’s gotten higher recently.”

American Astronomical Society spokesman Rick Fienberg did have a few guesses on the phenomenon, though, and it has to to with science and astronomy and stuff – both Jupiter and Venus were extra visible in 2019, and SpaceX also ramped up their programs, launching 180 new satellites.

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The NationalUFO Reporting Center catalogs reports but doesn’t investigate them, meaning that most of the sightings could easily have been identifiable flying objects like planets, satellites, or other things, but we’ll never know now.

Feinberg pointed out,

“If you’re not keeping up with the news and not familiar with the skyline, you might mistakenly see an unidentified flying object.

It may be unidentified to you, but known to others.”

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I mean, it’s not necessarily not that aliens have stopped caring whether or not we see them flying overhead, but without some investigating, we really only know for sure that we haven’t identified the objects in the reports, only that we haven’t tried.

We’re going to need those UFO people to put in some legwork, because the rest of us need to know!