Alien and UFO Facts

Are we alone in this vast and seemingly infinite universe? It’s an age-old and fascinating question. Perhaps, one day, there will arrive indisputable proof beyond all doubt and suspicion. Until then, explore these facts about aliens and UFOs that are out of this world!

1) In 1947 a pilot reported seeing 9 objects flying over Mt. Rainier in Washington State. Thus began the modern UFO era with the term “flying saucers” entering popular culture.

2) While the word “UFO” mostly refers to objects reportedly seen in the sky, the term can also refer to objects on the ground observed to be landing, hovering or taking off.

3) Of the more than 12,000 UFO sightings gathered by the U.S. Air Force’s “Project Blue Book” (1952-1969), only 6% remain unsolved to this day.

4) I want to believe! According to a 1996 Gallup poll, 71% of Americans believe the government is not telling the truth about the existence of UFOs.

5) Hold that probe! About 4 million people worldwide believe they have been abducted by aliens according to a 1991 Roper poll.

6) The first publicized report of an alien abduction involved Barney and Betty Hill who claimed they were abducted in a rural area of New Hampshire in 1961.

7) Area 51 is also known as “Dreamland.” The nickname comes from an Edgar Allan poem of the same name: “The traveler, traveling through it, may not-dare not openly view it; Never its mysteries are exposed, to the weak human eye unclosed.”

8) The late 1930s Orson Wells radio show “The War of the Worlds” caused many people to believe that America was being invaded by aliens.

9) In 1883 astronomer Jose Bonilla took the first photograph of a UFO in Zacatecas, Mexico.

10) The Pentagon once studied "Exotic UFO Tech” under the name “Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program.” The findings of this program have yet to be revealed to the public.

The next time you gaze into the night sky think about these facts to bring some more enjoyment and fascination about the immense universe.

“Our sun is one of 100 billion stars in our galaxy. Our galaxy is one of the billions of galaxies populating the universe. It would be the height of presumption to think that we are the only living things within that enormous immensity.”

— Werner von Braun

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