It might be one of the blurred kind close encounters.
Researchers are puzzled with the new research that suggests UFO sightings in the US tend to move in fluctuating cycles for six to seven years and a permanent downtrend.
The International UFO Congress researcher of the year Cheryl Costa found out that there are 7, 837 average sightings in the country, a massive 41 per cent drop from the three-year peak average years.
Costa explained her findings in the Syracuse New Times that the UFO sightings rise to a peak during the cycles, went back to the baseline, and initiate a new cycle with a rise.
Based on her findings from National UFO Reporting Center (NUFORC) and Mutual UFO Network (MUFON), Costa wrote that the US had a peak average of 13,500 annual UFO sightings between 2012 and 2014.
In 2015, however, sightings fell 11,975 to 11 per cent and an even more dramatic drop in 2016, falling to 10,602 to 21 per cent.
Costa did not discover a concrete reason for the significant decline in sightings. However, she speculated that broadband Internet access had something to do with it.
Costa wrote that from 2001 to 2006, they see relatively flat sighting report numbers. The flatness is deemed to be an artefact of reporting because of the broadband Internet access was still growing in almost all areas. Broadband access is a significant driver in people having routine use of web reporting services such as MUFON and NUFORC.
The New York state rose to the fourth-most likely place to see a UFO during 2016 and 2017, Costa noted, but the number of sightings sharply declined from its peak average in 20017 at 325 sightings down form an average of 577 between 2012 and 2014.
Costa wrote that both New York state and the national charts reveal the classic rise-and-fall scenario from 2006 to 2010 and the spike started again in 2011.
She also explained that the Mayan Calendar media ballyhoo could be attributed to the spike in 2012, causing more people to become more curious about what’s going on in our skies. With that into consideration, from 2011 to 2017 the classic UFO sighting cycle is clearly seen.