Stories about UFO sightings have been in the news but what many Massachusetts residents don't realize is that it ranks number 17 among the states with most UFO sightings.
This is an excerpt from an article published by stacker.com about how they calculate the rankings: "Since its founding in 1974, the National UFO Reporting Center (NUFORC) has documented around 90,000 UFO sightings, with almost 95% of those sightings supposedly easily explained away as military tests, weather balloons, or other terrestrial activity. Using data from NUFORC's 24/7 hotline, which has been around since 1974, Stacker compiled a ranking of the states with the most reported UFO sightings."
Topping the list is California with a whopping 10,333 sightings followed by Florida in second place with 5,826 sightings and Washington in third place with 4,351 sightings. The article talks about how it got to a point where over 40,000 Americans bought alien protection insurance in order to financially protect themselves in the event that their loved one was abducted by aliens.
A Massachusetts resident and author of "The Andreasson Affair" is one of the popular alien abductees who claimed aliens explained the meaning of life to her aboard their spacecraft. Another sighting was deemed a historical event by The Great Barrington Historical Society in 2015 after extensive reviews of news coverage and witness statements. It is based on 9-year-old Thomas Reed's account of UFO sightings in the 1960s.
An article published by masslive.com, reports that in 2015 a 5,000-pound granite monument was erected in dedication to the UFO sighting in Sheffield, Massachusetts. Here is an excerpt that describes the reason behind this commemoration of an event that occurred many years ago: "The monument is further vindication for former resident Thomas Reed, who has spent decades telling and retelling the stories of his childhood UFO sightings in the 1960s."