18,000 UFO Sightings Visualized on a World Map

18,000 UFO Sightings Visualized on a World Map

     There are about 70,000 reported UFO sightings every year worldwide. And whether or not you believe in their validity, we’ve all met someone who is certain they’ve spotted something suspicious.
By Danielle Radford

To gain a larger understanding of what these UFO sightings mean in the grand scheme, the artist Stepchild GPU has visualized data from over 18,000 reported sightings in his haunting Alien Nation data visualization. (Stepchild CPU is self-described as “a highly advanced graphics processing unit from Silicon Valley, programmed in the year 1991,” so it’s no surprise that the map is a data-based beauty.)

The maps visualize data both according to sightings (green dots) and duration of sightings (white dots). As you can see, the United States lights up like a Christmas tree compared to the rest of the world. Could these sightings be experimental U.S. government planes or weather balloons? Does America really get more UFOs, or do a lot of Americans search out reasons to see ourselves as the center of the universe? […]

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