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Scientists have long suspected that extra-terrestrial life exists out there, but could more of these alien life forms be getting closer to Earth year on year? 

An interesting report in the New York Times might believe so, as it stated that last year saw a surge in UFO sightings recorded in the U.S. New Yorkers alone reported 300 UFO sightings — the highest number to date. 

This raises a number of questions. For instance, are there just more UFOs? Or, were they always there but are they now flying closer to Earth? Or, did people just have more time during lockdowns? And finally, were the night skies clearer during the pandemic?

Unfortunately, no clear cut answer can be given. However, if we look at the numbers recorded by the National UFO Reporting Center in the U.S., the number of reported sightings last year was 7,263. That number is up from 6,277 in 2019, and jumps up radically from just a decade earlier in 2010, which saw 4,809 sightings reported.


The numbers vary over the years, but if you go down the fascinating list of reportings, they do trickle down, with some years even just recording one sighting. So there is a clear upwards trend.

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