Published: 12:29 PM 7/26/2013
By Cheryl Costa
On May 11, a seasonably cool and cloudy evening at Sylvan Beach, a handful of New York residents saw something strange in the sky. They reported something that appeared to be stationary and seemed to be on fire.
At first, they thought it might be an aircraft in distress. The object appeared to move, then stopped, then would move some more, then disappeared from sight. The observers knew it didnít move like any aircraft they were familiar with. They witnessed and reported an unidentified flying object, or UFO.
These neighbors of ours are not alone. Several surveys taken last year found that one in 10 Americans say that they have seen an unidentified flying object. A National Geographic poll last year revealed that 36 percent of Americans believe in UFOs, that 48 percent are on the fence about it and that 17 percent flat out donít believe.
The survey further revealed that 79 percent felt that aliens have visited our world and felt that the government is covering up what it knows.
Here in New York, one in 10 of our population would equal about 1.9 million people; 36 percent of our population of roughly 19 million would equal about 6.8 million people. That is an awful lot of relatives, friends, neighbors and colleagues who believe in UFOs.
It's been my experience that when you ask people about strange things in the sky, just about everybody you meet either has a UFO story or knows someone who does. And for good reason. Did you know that every day there are 10 to 25 UFO sightings around the world, with an average of 12 sightings daily?
In a typical month, there is an average of 400 sightings worldwide, which would equal about 4,500 a year. You donít hear about them, do you?
Did you know that New York has logged an average of about 150 sightings a year for the past five years, with a whopping 263 reported sightings in 2012? I bet you havenít heard that little tidbit, either.
I think itís time to talk openly about this topic. Please share a link to this column with your friends, relatives and colleagues Ė for in this weekly column, I plan to share with you some of the highlights of UFO sightings reported in our state Ė some reports from as long as 40 years ago, and others only days after they happen.
If you have a New York UFO sighting story to tell, Iíd love to hear about it. All respondentsí names will be kept confidential. Email me at NYSkies@DragonLadyMedia.com