UFO sightings in Canada are lower than pre-pandemic levels
TORONTO – This year has seen a decline in UFO sightings after a sharp increase in 2020, but a Canadian ufologist said it was not unusual to see these numbers grow and decrease.
Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia lead the country for most UFO sightings, according to Ufology research reports.
âThere are about 1,000 UFO reports filed in Canada every year, that works out to something like three a day or a night,â Ufologist Chris Rutkowski told CTVNews.ca in a Zoom interview Thursday.
Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia dominated the country for most UFO sightings, according to Ufology Research reports. The Maritime provinces saw a sharp increase in sightings, from 30 in 2019 to 151 in 2020.
“There are reports coming from coast to coast and from north to south, there is not an area of ââthe country that is not prone to UFO reports,” he said.
Since following the reported sightings, they have steadily increased. But some years, like 2020, saw bigger jumps – there was a 46% increase from the year before.
âThere are peaks and valleys here and there. 2012 has been a huge number of UFO reports, and it has seen its ups and downs over the decades, âRutkowski said.
He said it could be attributed to a few factors, but there isn’t a single correct answer.
âWe really have no idea, it may have something to do with more media attention, it may have to do with more satellite launches,â he said. “We’re not sure, but it’s definitely something we need to consider when studying the UFO phenomenon.”
People often confuse unidentified flying objects with alien, which is not the case. Transport Canada collects reports of UFO incidents through NAV CANADA and other reports and puts this information in the Civil Aviation Daily Occurrence Reporting System (CADORS). Anyone can view reports of aviation occurrences in Canadian airspace.
âIn reports from the Civil Aviation Daily Occurrence Reporting System, the term ‘UFO’ can include many things, including sightings of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs or drones), balloons, meteors, weather and bird phenomena. It should not be interpreted to mean anything of extraterrestrial origin, âCybelle Morin, spokesperson for Transport Canada, told CTVNews.ca in an emailed statement.
But sometimes UFOs are just that: unidentified.
âA small percentage, some years up to two or three percent, some up to 10 or 12 percent, is what we call unexplained or unknown,â Rutkowski said.
He cautions that doesn’t mean aliens are behind it, it’s just that at the time there is no explanation as to what might have been behind the sightings.
“It just means that we are not sure of the explanation for these cases,” he said. “Maybe with more investigation they can be explained in fact some are explained retroactively.”
And the more UFOs crop up in the media, as they were because of a highly anticipated US intelligence report, the more people report seeing an unidentified object in the sky, but often the reports are past experiences.
âSometimes an attention like this makes people think, ‘I saw something five years ago when I was at the chalet and maybe I’ll tell someone about it.’ So we tend to have a backlog of older reports and historical cases that are almost impossible to investigate, âhe said.
UFO sightings can really be anything, but reported sightings usually have something in common.
âThe typical UFO sighting is just a light in the night sky. So the lights in the night sky can literally be anything from planes and satellites to stars and planets,â Rutkowski said.
One report he frequently sees coming up is one of a long, seemingly chained set of lights floating in the sky. We can thank Elon Musk for that.
âWe’ve had several reports of people seeing them that they don’t know what they are. They didn’t appreciate the fact that Elon Musk is sending these Internet satellites, and they are very spectacular, âhe added.
As an astronomer, Rutkowski thinks there is probably another life there, but if they make it to Earth for a quick visit, not so much.
âIt is possible that someone has found a way to circumvent the laws of physics in order to achieve interstellar travel relatively quickly,â he said. “But even that stretches it, we don’t know if it’s even possible, so we can’t take the plunge and say that some of the unexplained UFOs are alien spaceships.”
Also, we live in a world where aliens are often vilified in our movies and TV shows – without really rolling out the welcome mat.