What occurred to UFOs? — Science Information, June 26, 1971
Since 1968 the variety of UFO sightings has dropped off, together with public curiosity in them.… [The] scientific debunking of the UFO phenomena and the next, although not essentially linked, decline in sightings presents an fascinating behavioral sample…. UFO reviews often run in five-year cycles and 1972 needs to be the beginning of one other cycle.
Stories of unidentified flying objects have had their ups and downs. In 2020, individuals in the USA made greater than 7,200 reviews of UFO sightings — about 1,000 greater than in 2019 and practically 4,000 greater than in 2018, in line with the Nationwide UFO Reporting Middle in Davenport, Wash. 1 / 4 of final 12 months’s reviews occurred in March and April, when a lot of the nation was underneath lockdown because of the pandemic. Many of those UFOs turned out to be drones or satellites (SN: 3/28/20, p. 24). In late April, the Pentagon formally launched naval footage of “unidentified aerial phenomena” that had been shared on-line, which can have primed some individuals to hunt UFOs in their very own backyards.