Mys­tery visi­tors to land of steady habits?

More than 100 UFO sight­ings re­ported in Con­necti­cut in 2018

The News-Times - - FRONT PAGE - By Jim Shay

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 re­port­ing 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 zig zags 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: Atom­look­ing 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 walk­ing 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.

Con­trib­uted photo

This is the first UFO seen by the Laredo group.

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