Since January, there have been 23 sightings of UFOs in Connecticut, according to the National UFO Reporting Center.
Last year, the center reported more than 100 UFO sightings across the state.
On Friday, came the news that Connecticut is the 15th best state to see a UFO. That ranking comes from analysts at SatelliteInternet.com who used data from the National UFO Reporting Center and the U.S. Census.
The ranking was based on how many UFO sightings were reported in each state, how many sightings there were per 100,000 people, and the overall state rankings of where you’re most likely to spot a UFO.
Connecticut’s 1,543 sightings comes down to 43.19 UFO sightings per 100,000 people.
The top five states where you’re likely to see a UFO are Washington, Montana, Vermont, Alaska and Maine. New Hampshire was ranked seventh; Rhode Island was number 12; Massachusetts, 28; New Jersey, 42; and New York, 45.
States with the lowest chance of seeing a UFO are Texas, Louisiana, Georgia, Mississippi and Alabama.
“The top five states in the report were all situated in the northern part of our country while the bottom five were in the South, which might just suggest a stronger belief in extraterrestrial existence among residents in the northern part of the U.S.,” the report said.
Surveys from Chapman University show that the belief in intelligent alien life is on the rise in recent years. In 2016, only 27 percent of Americans believed that aliens have visited our planet at some point in the ancient past.
In 2018, 41.4 percent of people said that aliens have visited Earth in our ancient past. That’s a rise of 14 percentage points in just two years.
The report also comes in time for UFO Awareness Day on July 2.
The following are the latest UFO sightings in Connecticut, according 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.”
“We hope that this information will prove to be useful to the general public and the UFO community at large.”
Hamden, June 23: “Steady flashing object with three lights hovered in sky.
“Saw three bright lights in a row - the actual shape looked like a disk Several helicopters monitored it- one was still, others did circle around it, The lights seemed to change formation, but remained steady on - Husband is into planes and helicopters and confirmed it was not either, nor was it a drone What got our attention was the behavior of the helicopters that seemed to monitor it.”
Kent, May 21: “Approximately 12:55 am on 5/21/19, I was almost asleep in bed when I heard Canada geese Flying above. Wondered why they were out at the time. Sat by my window and looked toward Kent School which is a half block from the residence. Grabbed my camera and started filming. First time I actually got it on my camera!!! One on right kept disappearing and reappearing.”
Enfield, May 18: “White or silver craft moving quickly at high altitude. No trail. Changed directions quickly.
“Saw a reflective white or silver craft flying high in the sky at high speed. (Could not determine the shape clearly). It did not leave a trail behind it as it moved.
“I was laying down in my house looking north out my bay window and suddenly sat up when I saw something moving across the sky. I saw up to watch the object fly by.
“It seemed very high up and was moving far too quickly to be any kind of commercial jet. Also, the fact that it didn’t leave any trail behind it was odd. It changed direction very quickly by about 30 degrees east of its original path, almost on a dime, and then disappeared over the trees.
“This was seen over the northeastern part of enfield. Almost into Longmeadow (Mass.).
New Haven, May 15: “Westville neighborhood unknown object/light sky (low) twinkle a few times very gentle than it stopped, moved slowly to the right and disappeared. No noise, no wind.”
Middletown, April, 29: “Pill/cigar shaped, silver or white. No visable wings. Nothing audible to me. Discharged white trail about 2 seconds after it came into view. Disappeared seconds after it stopped trail. Disappeared into clouds. This is a very overcast sky. Seemed to move faster than a plane. I don't know how to estimate elevation, but it didn't appear to be any higher than a twin engine would fly. No lights that I could see.”
Westbrook, April 28: “Very slow bright white light at least 5x brighter than any star in the sky, appeared & disappeared on cloudless night.”
Naugatuck, April 24: “Small black oval object, flew over condominium in Naugatuck, CT
“I went outside with my dog. It was sunny with few clouds. The time was 5:30 p.m.. I heard a helicopter, and looked up. A white helicopter with two rotors was going overhead. The helicopter was very low; I would estimate 150 feet off the ground. There were no markings on the helicopter.
“As I looked at the white copter a black oval object flew into my view. The object was small maybe six feet in length. I could see the sun glinting off of this object. The object flew directly at the white helicopter. I thought that it would collide with it.
“At the last moment the object veered away. It flew east up over the other building in our condominium complex then quickly veered south towards the Naugatuck State Forest at great speed. I continued down the hill with my dog to the end of our road.
“At that point, an unmarked single rotor black helicopter flew towards the Naugatuck State Forest following the path of the object.”
Meriden, April 15: “Saw a bright light hovering outside my window and it moved in a way I’ve never seen before. It would move up, down, side to side, sometimes fast and sometimes slow, then stop and then keep moving.”
Plainville, April 9: “A very bright very large object in sky by Plainville airport that hovered in the sky and quickly disappeared
I was driving by Plainville airport and looked up at the sky it had been cloudy and rainy to see a very bright circle object in the sky it hovered around it kinda reminded me of a crease to shaped moon but was much bigger and very much brighter as I watched trying to piece together what I was seeing so brightly in the sky it quickly flew away it from giant to a dot far away to poof it was gone it took me the next 15 minutes of my ride home to realize what I saw.”
Sandy Hook, April 5: “Multiple lights in the woods.
“About 11 pm, my daughter let me know there was a red light in the woods around our house, which is surrounded by the Paugusett State Forest--3,800 acres, no camping allowed. I figured it was a neighbor's house light through the woods.
“I later got up and checked it out. In the woods you could see a few lights--spread out over a few hundred yards. The one constant was the light in the middle- it did not disappear as the others would occasionally do.
“It was hard to determine the size of each light and the distance from me in the dark. It was also hard to definitively say how many lights, as they went on for a short bit, then after a minute (or few minutes) would disappear. Then another light, in another position, would light up.
“At one time you might see five lights, and then only two lights a minute later. The lights were predominantly white, but would change to red, and occasionally greenish. It was hard to detect much motion in the lights, as they were small (almost like looking at a star sized light, in the woods), and just moving your head gave it the appearance it was moving. But by readjusting your position in the window, you would see more lights that might have been hidden from your line of sight behind a tree.
“It was not a series of campfires, nor flashlights (my first thought). Not sure what it was, but it was there for a good two hours before I went to bed.
“A number of years back, I did report a huge white light on ground level in these same woods. That light was no more than 100 yards behind my house, in the winter (no foliage to obscure it). That light was steady, and I alone observed that for a few minutes before getting scared and going to bed to hide from it.”
Hamden, March 27: “Several blinking red, white, blue, and green objects in sky moving to one spot.
“I woke up a little after midnight. I looked out the bathroom window and a red and white blinking object was in the sky. It stayed in one spot for about 3 minutes and proceeded to move faster and blink red. It went towards the backyard.
“I looked out the back window and saw one white, another white, and red flashing lights light up the sky in a line. Looking around the sky, several more triangle shaped objects all oddly moved DOWN towards this line of flashing lights. Two were disc shaped and were fastly blinking red, white, blue, and even green.
“My mom and I also heard a powerful unordinary sound. Once ALL these objects made it to this line of flashing lights, we saw continued blinking, but the objects seemed to vanish.”
Windsor Locks, March 23: “On 91 ramp in Windsor Locks saw a flat disk with two bright lights hovering.
“I was on an on ramp to get onto 91 south in the Windsor Locks area and I saw a flat dark disk with two bright lights on it. I initially thought it was an airplane, however when I pulled my car over to take a longer look it had disappeared. There were no trees or faulty sight lines blocking it--it was too high up in the air.
“It disappeared in less than ten seconds.”
For a list of earlier 2019 Connecticut UFO sightings, click here.