Infographic - America's 2013 UFO Hot Spots
The skies above the US were incredibly busy last year, which means MUFON's reporting desk had a heck of a lot of work to do. The world's largest UFO investigation agency received more than 6,500 from across the country last year, with sightings across coming in from every single state from Maine to Hawaii. So where were America's 2013 UFO hotspots? Outer Places decided to turn MUFON's extensive data into an infographic to help you find out.
While California and Texas registered the highest total number of sightings, these two states also have the largest populations. To get a better idea of which states were visited the most, we broke down the data to see how many sightings were registered per 100,000 residents. As you can see, California and Texas remain warm, but they are by no means the 'per capita' hotspots of the country. That honor goes to Arizona and Maine, who both registered around 4 sightings for every 100,000 people. In fact, when you look at the numbers like this, much of New England could be considered a hotbed of UFO activity with Vermont and New Hampshire both racking up some decent numbers.
It's also interesting to see the variation in the types of objects you were seeing last year. It is of no surprise that the most witnessed shape in the sky was a sphere, something that can largely be attributed to the high number of light-based sightings, but sphere's weren't the most witnessed shape in every state. Montana, you saw a lot of fireballs last year, and North Dakota was rocking the circular vibe. Elsewhere it was star-shaped objects that topped the rankings in South Dakota, Georgia, Iowa and New Hampshire. Of course, these were simply the most popular shapes in the sky, but that doesn't mean there wasn't any variation. Over 20 different shape categories were witnessed across the country last year, from Boomerangs to Triangles and even the odd Square.
UFO sightings are becoming increasingly popular across America and worldwide, so if you see something this year, be sure to send a report to MUFON because they've just got a great new website and their nationwide network of investigators are ready and waiting to answer your questions.