July is the best time for UFO sightings. So let's look at Arizona's history
We come in peace to tell you that July is the best time to catch a glimpse of a UFO and that Arizona is one of the best states to see one.
- That's according to an analysis of the National UFO Reporting Center's database.
Driving the news: The website Im-a-puzzle.com analyzed all UFO sightings reported to NUFORC since 1998 and found that more people spotted them in July than any other month.
- And it is not lost on us that Jordan Peele's "Nope" — about an alien invasion — just hit theaters.
Zoom in: Arizonans have reported 4,686 sightings to NUFORC since 1998.
- Only California, Florida, Washington, Texas and New York have more.
Yes, but: There could be more UFO — or UAP (unidentified aerial phenomena), as the Navy insists on calling them — sightings in Arizona not included in the report. The military has its own reporting system.
- After a 2021 report by the U.S. intelligence community helped de-stigmatize UFO reporting by considering UFOs a national security threat, the number of sightings reported by the military more than doubled.
- Arizona has several bases, including Luke Air Force Base in Glendale and Fort Huachuca in Cochise County.
Flashback: The Valley's most famous UFO sighting — the Phoenix Lights — occurred on March 13, 1997.
- Thousands of people reported seeing strange V-shaped lights above Arizona, Nevada and parts of Mexico that night.
1 funny thing: Gov. Fife Symington initially made a joke out of the whole thing by dressing up his chief of staff as an alien for a press conference.
- A decade later, he did an about face, saying he'd witnessed the lights and believed them to be of extraterrestrial origin.
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