The US-based MUTUAL UFO Network (MUFON) is investigating after a stark drop in reported sightings for the first quarter of 2017.
MUFON is the world’s biggest organisation dedicated to alien research and keeps searchable online global database of suspicious sightings reported by the public.
Robert Powell, MUFON director of research, said reports from within the US were down by 32 per cent from January to March this year, based on the average amounts over the previous five years.
Domestic UFO reports for the first quarter 2017 are down a staggering 32 per cent as compared to the averse for the same period over the previous five years, according to Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) Director of Research Robert Powell.
From January 1 to March 31, 2017, the MUFON US database showed 992 UFO reports where the case occurred during January, February or March.
The average over the last five years for that period was around 1,460 cases.
Mr Powell said: “We have no current explanation on why the drop in UFO reports.
“One can speculate that people are seeing fewer UFOs or that they are just not reporting them.”
The National UFO Reporting Center (NUFORC), also based in the US, which keeps a similar sightings database, has seen the same trend.
Its director Peter Davenport said: “NUFORC averaged about 1,402 cases during the first quarters 2012 through 2016.
“The first quarter 2017 is showing just 954 cases – about a 32 per cent drop as well.”
MUFON communications director Roger Marsh said: “Peter and I have traded stats over the years.
“If he calls and says he’s having a surge in reports in general, or with one particular shape, that wave is always mirrored in the MUFON database.
“While some people report into both databases, most reports are actually unique to the database.
“We’ve seen dips and highs in the past, and they usually run in two to three-month cycles.”
MUFON Executive Director Harzan said: “There is a direct correlation between UFO television programming and UFO reporting.
“The shows apparently make people aware that they have a place to file a report.
“When one of our ‘Hangar 1’ episodes is playing on the History channel – there is always an increase in reporting – although that surge does tend to be people recalling older cases.”
This year, the top five reporting shapes in 2017 to date are Sphere (186), Star-like (106), Circle (100), Triangle (73) and Disc (64).
But, if you do wish to see a UFO at the moment, MUFON says head to Oregon, the current UFO hot spot, in terms of sightings compared to the number of people.
Mr Marsh said: “California has traditionally been the number one reporting state for UFO cases in any given month for years – but that status is somewhat misleading when you review populations.
“There were 33 UFO reports from California in February 2017 – which is 0.87 reports per million people.
“California holds rank as the most populated state – with more than 38 million people.
But during the same month – February – there were eight reports from Oregon – which equals 2.05 UFO reports for every one million people – from a state with a population of about 3.97 million.”
He said the odds of seeing a UFO in oregon
If you were choosing the best spot to night watch for UFOs – you have nearly 3-1 odds in Oregon over California when you review statistics by population.
New Mexico was second for sightings per head of the population.
There were four UFO sightings reported to MUFON in February for New Mexico – 1.92 UFO sightings per million people.