Irish Residents Have the Best Chance of Spotting a UFO

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If you live in Ireland, you may want to look up towards the sky as the country has the most U̳F̳O̳ sightings in all of Europe. According to data collected by Psychic World from the National U̳F̳O̳ R̳e̳p̳o̳r̳t̳i̳n̳g̳ Center State Report Index, Ireland has the most U̳F̳O̳ sightings, followed by France and then Spain.

A total of 105 recorded U̳F̳O̳ sightings have occurred in Ireland with the encounters lasting an average of 13 minutes each. Most of the sightings in Ireland consist of mysterious bright lights. However, bright lights are the second most common form of sightings in all of Europe (the lights are usually red, blue, or white) while unidentified flying disks are the most common occurrences in the entire continent.

Northern Ireland reported a total of 6 U̳F̳O̳ sightings last year in 2020 (two more than the previous year) which may have been partly because of the pandemic where so many people were staying home and spending time outside.

As for the Northern Ireland sightings in 2020, the first one was reported on March 13th of a U̳F̳O̳ “with many flashing lights making no noise” in Dunmurry which lasted about half an hour. Six days later, a “flying object” that looked like solar panels in Bangor was reported. Then there was a “U̳F̳O̳ going down the Springfield Road” on April 3rd.

The most interesting report came in on May 12th when a man claimed to have been dropped off at Bangor Marina by a U̳F̳O̳. The last two reports consisted of one sighting on August 22nd where three U̳F̳O̳s were witnessed flying over Belfast, and then on September 26th when a man in the Ballygomartin area claimed to have seen six U̳F̳O̳s flying over his house.

David Moore, who is the editor of Astronomy Ireland Magazine, stated that more people were stargazing during the lockdown. He went on to say, “About 90% of all reports end up having a straightforward explanation,” adding, “It’s the few that don’t that are really intriguing. But the guy claiming to be dropped off at Bangor Marina, that’s very difficult to explain.”

Chris McMurray, who is a chairperson of the Northern Ireland U̳F̳O̳ Society, weighed in by stating that the majority of the increased sightings of “unknown aerial phenomena” have occurred around the Cavehill and Black Mountain area in addition to the Mourne region. “A common theme that we notice is that sightings of anomalous lights tend to be seen near certain geographical features, such as the granite mountains and other areas of a crystalline nature,” he noted, adding, “This could be because, as widely accepted by U̳F̳O̳logists and paranormal investigators alike, these can help amplify the natural energies of the Earth.”

France came in second place with a total of 71 sightings, but their encounters only lasted an average of 6 minutes. Spain is a close third with 70 sightings lasting an average of 12 minutes, but their encounters consisted mostly of diamond-shaped objects in the sky.

As for the longest sightings in all of Europe, they occurred in Monaco where the estimated time lasted 45 minutes. And if you don’t want to see a U̳F̳O̳, your best bet is to move to San Marino where they hadn’t had any official encounters or Georgia where there were only two short sightings of mysterious fireballs that each lasted about 15 seconds.

In the entire continent of Europe, there were a total of 994 U̳F̳O̳ sightings with an average duration of 12 minutes each.

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