Where to hunt UFOs in Massachusetts

Hoping to get a glimpse of alien life for yourself? These Massachusetts hotspots are good places to start.

Wachusett mountain photo via Getty / danlogan

The truth is out there. In fact, it can be right in your garden.

For many years now, aliens and UFOs have featured prominently in the American psyche, with a dedicated community of scholars, historians, everyday enthusiasts, and even government employees watching the skies at the same time. looking for signs of life from outer space. But now, as videos of unexplained aerial phenomena have been verified by the U.S. military, seriously considered in places like the New York Times and 60 minutes, and a Congressional hearing on the matter slated for June, previously skeptical masses are giving the concept of extraterrestrial visitors a second look.

So where could a curious ufologist in training start here if he was eager to spot an unidentified object in the sky on his own? Ultimately, there may be plenty of opportunities in New England, as the area is teeming with alleged sightings of alien life. Just ask the Mutual UFO Network, which calls itself “the oldest and largest civilian UFO investigation and research organization,” and which has added dozens of Massachusetts-based incidents to its UFO tracker tool, complete with descriptions, and sometimes purported photo and video evidence.

MUFON’s work has shown that reports of mysterious encounters can arise just about anywhere, anytime, but senior experts have identified several hot spots.

Before you embark on your own UFO hunt, a few tips: On the one hand, says Susan McNeill Spuhler, organizer of the Greater New England UFO Conference, the same principles apply to UFO sighting as they do to stargazing. You will want to find a public space where light pollution is low, in order to have a breathtaking view of the night sky. Low cloud cover is a plus, as is a new moon. Even if you not get a first-hand view of a UFO, you will at least enjoy a truly star-filled evening, an experience that is too difficult to live in these days in light-polluted Greater Boston.

Also, she says, don’t bring laser pointers on your trip in an attempt to attract the attention of alien life, as this could put airline pilots at risk.

With that in mind, here are a few areas of interest to get you started:

Hanscom Air Base

Given the apparent fascination of aliens with the US military, Hanscom is the best place to start. In fact, if you roll your eyes to the sky near the base and see something unusual, you wouldn’t be the first person to conclude that you have encountered visitors from another world. The MUFON database includes several reports of sightings in this region. A Boston the reader wrote a few years ago to report “a shining orb moving up and down in the sky”.

Land of monsters

For many years part of the Leominster State Forest has been legendary, earning it the moniker Monsterland for the high concentration of strange incidents reported there. Strange encounters are said to have taken place in the expanse of about five miles wide, many of them documented by local author and occasional TV star Ronny Le Blanc, browse the full range, from brushes with Bigfoot to orbs that shine once again. UFOs have always been included in this mysterious mix, especially in the late 1960s when, as Le Blanc recently told the Telegram & Gazette, the area was hit by a “huge wave of UFOs,” throughout central Massachusetts, “[p]People were seeing UFOs over ponds and lakes and there was a lady in Fitchburg saying there were UFOs coming out of the reservoir. If you spot anything there, be sure to let Le Blanc know, and you just might end up in his next book.

The Bridgewater Triangle

The other most publicized paranormal hotspot in the state is a 200 square mile stretch of southeastern Massachusetts that also claims all kinds of frightening events. There are plenty of attractions to be drawn to with an open mind (which is why this magazine has already sent you there), and it’s no surprise that the area is also teeming with UFO lore, with sightings of ‘strange objects in the sky dating from the 1700s. Marks in an unknown, possibly foreign, language were found on Dighton Rock, a fascinating specimen visible in a museum in Taunton. One of the most famous encounters took place in 1979, when two WHDH journalists were would have “shocked to see a baseball diamond-shaped UFO just above their heads” as they drove on an exit ramp onto Route 106. All this activity in the area caught Hollywood’s attention: Bridgewater Triangle FX Series is said to be in the works.

Wachusett Mountain

A tip on a lesser-known area of ​​interest comes to us from Spuhler herself, who says she saw mysterious flying objects from the summit of Mount Wachusett. “I worked there as a ski instructor for 12 years, and at night we would see strange things,” she says. She and her fellow instructors used to walk to the top of the mountain after the lifts closed, and she says from their perch they could spy on “the lights streaking in the sky.” You may not be able to experience this view on your own, as the mountain is not open to hikers after dark.

The (old) Sheffield UFO monument

Covered Bridge Ln., Where Thom Reed and his family lived their meeting. Photo via Wikimedia Commons / Photo via Wikimedia Commons

Thanks to the controversy surrounding this particular monument, you may have heard this story before. Thomas Reed and his family claim that in Sheffield in 1969 they had an encounter with a shiny flying object they believe they have origins from another world. A large stone plaque commemorating the incident was installed at the site in 2015, but a dispute over its location unfortunately led to it being confiscated in 2019. Yet, giant monument or no giant monument, the history of Massachusetts UFOs unfolded here. It might be worth a visit, as it is also home to a charming covered bridge.

Exeter, New Hampshire

Just across the border in New Hampshire you’ll find the site of one of the most distressing allegedly alien encounters in history, a series of paintbrushes with unidentified flying objects in 1965, known simply as the name “incident at Exeter”. Police at the time said several witnesses came forward to say that they saw, or had been pursued, something unusual in the sky. Several police officers themselves claim to have seen it, and one official report by the Air Force indicates that the government has never been able to provide an explanation for the events. As a result, the incident has captivated true believers and skeptics alike. for over half a century. So maybe the aliens will visit these now famous lands again. Or maybe they’ll make an appearance for the crowds gathered at the reprogramming Exeter UFO Festival, which was slated to mark the event’s 55th anniversary last year.

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