Feb 20, 2024 - News

🛸 Out-of-this-world sightings

👽 Reported UFO sightings per 100k residents
Data: National UFO Reporting Center, U.S. Census; Map: Erin Davis/Axios Visuals

The New Orleans metro area had 23 UFO sightings per 100,000 residents between 2000 and 2023, according to National UFO Reporting Center data.

  • That's far below the national average of 34.3 sightings per 100,000 residents.

Why it matters: Discussion and reports of UFOs — or the more modern term, UAPs (unidentified anomalous phenomena) — have been going more mainstream in recent years amid a push for answers from lawmakers and others.

  • Some view UAPs as a national security concern — what people are seeing out there could be experimental craft from Russia, China or other U.S. adversaries. (Those fears were accelerated by last year's dramatic Chinese spy balloon encounter.)
  • Commercial and military pilots have also been increasingly public about their inexplicable sightings. That's a sea change from decades past when pilots who talked openly about such matters were often ostracized.

The bottom line: If the data is to be believed, then maybe the truth really is out there ... in Cameron Parish.

Full story on how sightings correlate with dark sky locations


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