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The best locations in the USA to spot a UFO

New data reveals the best places in the united states to spot a UFO.

Maybe close encounters of the fuzzy kind?

New research suggests that UFO sightings, which tend to move in six or seven years of up-and-down cycles, be in a permanent downtrend and it is puzzling researchers.

Cheryl Costa, who was recently named to 2018 Researcher of the Year by the International UFO Congress, has shown that the annual UFO sightings have sustained a downward trend of the past few years, with an average of 7,837 per year, a decline of “staggering” 41 percent of the three-year peak of an average year.

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Costa, who wrote her findings in the Syracuse New Times, said that during the cycles, UFO sightings increase ever so slightly from their baseline, or average number, refuse to return in the direction of the median, and the cycle begins again. Between 2012 and 2014, the U.S. had a peak average of 13,500 annual UFO sightings, Costa wrote, quoting the data from NUFORC (National UFO Reporting Center and MUFON (Mutual UFO Network).

However, in 2015, the observations decreased by 11 percent to 11,975 and 2016 saw an even more dramatic decline, falling from 21 percent to 10,602.

Costa has not yet found a reason for the strong decrease of the observations, but have some speculation as to why it would be avoided.

“In both the national chart and the New York state chart, we see relatively flat sighting report numbers from 2001 to 2006,” Costa wrote. “This flatness is considered to be an artifact of the reporting, such as broadband internet access was still growing in most areas. Access to broadband is a major driver in people who routinely use web reporting services such as NUFORC and MUFON.”

Costa noted that in the state of New York rose to the fourth-the most likely place to see a UFO during 2016 and 2017, but significantly dropped from a peak average, in 325 observations seen in 2017, compared to an average of 577 between the period of 2012 to 2014.

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She wrote both the national and New York state charts show the classic rise-and-fall pattern from 2006 to 2010, and in 2011, the rise starts again.

The peak that was seen in 2012 could be attributed to the “Mayan calendar media ballyhoo,” causing more people to look, Costa said. With that in consideration, the classic UFO-perception cycle is perceived “clearly” from 2011 to 2017.

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