More UFO sightings? Apparently the skies were alive in 2013

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Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 1:46 PM ET

WINNIPEG — The number of UFO sightings remains sky high, according to a study by Canadian research organization Ufology Research, based in Winnipeg.

On Tuesday, the group released its analysis of more than 1,100 reports of UFOs it received in 2013.

Among its findings were:

- There were 1,180 UFO sightings reported in Canada in 2013, or about three each day.

The number of cases in 2013 is the second-highest number of UFO sightings recorded in Canada during the last 25 years.

- The 1,180 UFO cases reported in 2013 is much less than the peak year of 2012, when almost 2,000 reports were recorded. This was likely an anomaly due to many people who were excited about the so-called "end of the world" in 2012 according to the Mayan calendar, and reporting many lights and objects as UFOs.

- In 2013, Ontario had more than 40% of all Canadian UFO reports.

- In 2013, about 14% of all UFO reports were classified as unexplained.

- The typical UFO sighting in 2013 lasted approximately 13 minutes

Many witnesses, the study said, are pilots and police.

The report gives several theories on why the number or sightings remains high.

They include: "More UFOs are present and physically observable by witnesses; more secret or classified military exercises and overflights are occurring over populated areas; more people are unaware of the nature of conventional or natural objects in the sky; more people are taking the time to observe their surroundings; more people are able to report their sightings with easier access to the Internet and portable technology; or even that the downturn in the economy is leading to an increased desire by some people to look skyward for assistance.”

The group suggests the higher number of sightings should prompt further scientific examination.

Ufology Research lists several UFO groups as sources for the study's data. It also includes National Defence and Transport Canada.


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