Poll suggests Canadians looked skyward and saw more UFOs during pandemic
It was a clear afternoon when a man driving down a rural road in Alberta with his son saw a pie-shaped object levitating in the sky just before the thing spun, turned black and suddenly disappeared.
“There were no windows, lights, lines or marks on the object’s surface and the edges were all rounded,” says a transcript of the man’s report made to Winnipeg UFO research .
“In [one minute] of us seeing the object, we saw a military plane flying in the direction of our observation. “
The report of the unidentified flying object was one of hundreds counted in the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a report released Tuesday.
Chris Rutkowski of Ufology Research says UFO sightings across Canada – levitating disks, erratic spaceships and floating triangular objects – increased 46% in 2020.
He says the total of 1,243 sightings in 2020 is one of the highest recorded in a single year. About 30 percent of sightings took place in Ontario, while 24 percent came from Quebec.
The high number of reports suggests an average of three UFO sightings each day, he says.
“Anything seen in the sky that a person does not believe is a star, planet, or airplane is [a] UFOs, “said Rutkowski, who has collected unusual sightings in the sky since 1989.” It is strictly an unidentified flying object by definition. “
A person in Toronto reported seeing a UFO levitating 1.5 meters from its balcony before it folded into itself. A pilot flying from Thunder Bay, Ont., Reported an object about three feet in diameter passing over the right wing of the plane even though his radar did not report any traffic in the airways.
Some sightings turned out to be a satellite, an airplane flying at an awkward angle, or a light playing tricks, Rutkowski says. But 13 percent were classified as unexplained.
âThere is a persistent phenomenon that will not go away,â he said.
“It is certainly very, very impressive and provokes [people] report them to various police, RCMP, national defense and other agencies.
The astronomer says he doubts UFOs are being exploited by extraterrestrial beings.
“As an astronomer, my background suggests that there is probably alien life, but traveling between the stars is very, very difficult.”
“Something behind all the mystery and the middle?” “
However, Rutkowski said that from time to time a police officer or pilot, considered credible observers, report a UFO sighting and researchers should take their sightings seriously.
“What do you do with these cases? Do you just attribute them to any of these things? Or does it make you think there is something behind all of the mystery and the middle? “
He suggests that there could be two reasons why more Canadians saw objects that appeared out of this world.
At the start of the pandemic, the US government released videos of unidentified aerial phenomena recorded by its navy.
“This [drove] some people take a closer look at the sky and believe that UFOs are a little more popular and frequent than you think, âhe said.
It’s also possible, he said, that the pandemic has made people think a little more about their lives and wonder if we are alone in the universe.
“People spent more time with their families, in their own gardens, and enjoyed nature and what surrounds them. [and] UFOs are part of human culture.
“It’s probably a way of imagining what life is like in the universe, beyond the borders of our little blue dot in space.”
Rutkowski urges Canadians to continue reporting UFOs: “We really don’t have any information on what aliens might look like.”
He adds that anyone smart enough to travel between the stars should have understood some of the problems that exist on this planet, such as wars, famine and climate change.
“So if you’ve seen a UFO, you’re in very good company.”