50 years in the past, UFO sightings in the USA went bust

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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.

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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.

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