Lanarkshire is a hotspot for UFO sightings according to a group of researchers who recorded nine within the last year.
One of these was in Hamilton, and the county had almost double the average extra-terrestrial sighting per population in the UK in 2020.
A total of 34 UFO reports were collated in Scotland by the North West UFO Research and Investigation Group.
The group gathered information that was reported to specialist alien investigation organisations in the UK.
Reports made throughout the year ranged from people spotting ‘triangle shaped objects’ in the air, to unusual objects ‘punching a hole in the sky’.
They say April was a particularly busy time for reports, which they attribute to the launch of new SpaceX Star Link satellites which were very visible last spring, leading to numerous reports across the UK.
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The UFO group reported Lanarkshire as the most popular area for sightings, with nine reports in areas such as Hamilton, Airdrie, Coatbridge and Cumbernauld.
In Lanarkshire, there were 3.4 UFO sightings for every 250,000 people, compared to the UK average of 1.8 sightings per 250,000 and an average of 1.5 in Scotland.
Other popular areas included Aberdeenshire and Ayrshire, both with five reports.
In Hamilton on March 13, a local reported numerous bright objects following each other.
One of the more recent sightings of a UFO was in Airdrie on December 7. This report states: “Witness saw a cloud with ‘sparkling lights’, so he went to take a photo and as he did he caught this white object shooting out of the cloud at an angle.”
And a report in Cumbernauld on April 4 last year said: “Witness was driving from Annathill to Cumbernauld when he noticed a very bright white light in the sky off to the side of the road.
“He watched it for over five minutes as the object changed from orb-shaped to cylindrical with moving lights.
“It made no noise and disappeared leaving a circle of red and white.”
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A sighting in Coatbridge on May 5 was reported as: “Object was witnessed travelling on a curved path, then made an ‘S’ shape before hovering in place and then ascending out of view to the east.”
Ash Ellis of The North West UFO Research and Investigation Group said: “Lanarkshire and the surrounding area has always been known as a UFO hot spot, and this has continued as it topped the table for reported sightings in Scotland during 2020. The area had a rate of 3.4 sightings per 250,000 population, nearly double that of the UK average of 1.8”.