A massive, blue shimmering glow over Astoria Queens, at approximately 9:12 PM December 27, 2018. Was it really a ConEd transformer explosion?
Several unexplainable gleaming objects hovering above Chelsea in lower Manhattan on October 13, 2010. Aren’t there very specific air restrictions over midtown and lower manhattan following 9/11?
These and thousands of other similar extraterrestrial events do make one stop and ponder the likelihood of encountering planetary visitors in our lifetimes. How would such an encounter go down? Will it be friendly, similar to that of unexpectedly crossing paths with a ground hog, where it darts into the forest and hides behind a bush, and we dash off in the opposite direction, stupefied. Or will it be perilous, like that of a bear encounter, where you can’t remember if the safety protocol is to stand still, so not to startle the bear, or to run as fast as you can to find a safe interior hiding spot that locks.
According to the New York Post, there have been 128,000 sightings of UFOs around the globe since 1974, 13,033 of which have been spotted in the United States, the country with the largest pool of total sightings. New York had 4,500 of its own during that same window.
The National UFO Reporting Center is the UFO tracking epicenter.This sight is rich witness reports, drawings, photos and videos. An engrossing link on the Home page, is the Case Highlight List, aka director’s picks, that cites in chronological order the most documented events. A personal favorite from this list, is January 5, 2000 in St. Clair County, IL where a witness driving to work that morning at 4:10 AM CT, upon seeing what appeared to be “two extremely bright lights suspended in the sky… that looked like the Japanese Rising Sun symbol,” stopped to call 911 and requested a police officer come and verify the sighting.
Pouring over these endless stories, one’s left with an eerie feeling that otherworld encounters aren’t a matter of “if” but of “when.”