Mystery visitors to land of steady habits?
More than 100 UFO sightings reported in Connecticut in 2018
More than 100 UFO sightings in Connecticut last year were reported to the National UFO Reporting Center.
The center, based in Davenport, Wash., says it makes no claims as to the validity of the information in any of these reports: “Obvious hoaxes have been omitted, however most reports have been posted exactly as received in the author’s own words.”
A 2017 study by Chapman University in Orange, Calif., found that 35 percent of Americans believe that aliens have come to Earth in the ancient past; 23 percent believe aliens are still visiting in modern times.
According to The Guardian, the number of UFO sightings has been declining. It reported the two major online sites for report- ing UFOs — the National UFO Reporting Center and the Mutual UFO Network — both documented steep drops in worldwide sightings.
It reported the declines started around 2014, when reports were at a peak. They have since reduced drastically to 55 percent of that year’s combined total, many UFO interest groups have folded, and numerous previously classified government documents have been disclosed.
Cultural historian Stuart Walton told The Guardian, “Belief in UFOs is definitely in a state of decline, along with much else that could be classed as paranormal. Part of the reason is that the technology for providing documentary evidence of such matters is now widely available to everybody with a smartphone, and such purported evidence as there is on YouTube looks extremely threadbare.”
The National UFO Reporting Center said it has recently seen a high volume of prank calls on its hotline, “typically dozens per day ... we suspect that the same problem may spill over to the stream of incoming written reports.”
However, it said, “there are, nevertheless, many excellent reports, submitted by anonymous parties, that deserve a reader’s attention, so a anonymous report is not necessarily unreliable.”
Whether or not you believe these reports, the Connecticut UFOs are worth a look.
In all, 107 reports of UFO sightings in Connecticut were made in 2018.
Signtings from last year include:
Danbury, Jan, 20: Red oval craft moved extremely quickly in night sky.
North Haven, Jan. 23: Looked out the living room window. Seen a circle hovering over the field the to left of the house.
Southbury: Feb. 19. Driving east bound on I-84 in Southbury, noticed odd oval shaped white object traversing the sky, distance unknown.
Winsted: March 24: My friend and I saw 3 different UFOs, the most noticeable was a blue one that interacted with headlight flashes.
Ridgefield, March 24: Late afternoon Ridgefield, CT single shining light orb flew right across sky then back split into 3 orbs looked like something
Darien, April 14: Orb hovering
and fast zigzags over Long Island Sound with bounce and chirp noise.
Middletown: April 22: From east to west flew a formation of 4 crafts in a straight line almost on top of each other.
Danbury, June 10: Large Bright Lights at the end of a Wingtip, humming vibration felt through the air!
Trumbull, June 29: Bright cigar object.
Stratford, July 3: Reddish ball of steady light passing overhead.
Greenwich, July 31: Object comes close to airplane then slowly backs away opposite direction, then stays still.
Fairfield, Aug. 8: Witnesses had seen multiple objects in the sky that clearly move and pulsate, but not aircraft.
Stamford, Aug. 30: Distant and faint object resembling a star seen traversing the night sky and moving in a sporadic but steady manner.
Harwinton, Aug. 31: Large bright light appears to be falling from sky, stops and hovers then heads in opposite way.
Sandy Hook/Stevenson, Oct. 3:Large lit object cruising at very low altitude over Rt 34 in CT at night — no airport immediately nearby
Danbury, Nov. 22: Atom-looking sphere sighted in Danbury, CT, changed colors and appeared and disappeared from the sky.
Seymour/Woodbridge, Dec. 24: Entire family, including cars behind us (some pulled over to watch), observed 4 extremely bright red/ orange spheres.
New Haven, Dec. 29: A metallic saucer shaped craft flew diagonally from the top of Heroes Tunnel in New Haven up about 500 ft to the right. It was the size of small vehicle. It then hovered next to another similar craft and then both saucers disappeared.
East Haven, Dec. 31: While walk- ing my dog in a dark area I was gazing up at the sky while my dog did his business. When I saw a large round glowing object lower straight down from the sky and hover still for approximately 10 seconds. It then shot across the sky toward the east in an upwards ascending motion.
A black and white photo of a UFO — date unknown; taken by McMinneville, Ore., farmer in 1950.
A photo taken near Santa Ana, Calif., in 1965 shows ground disturbance beneath a UFO.