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UFOs"Flying saucers" was the term first coined following a sighting of a UFO in 1947.

At the time, newspapers nationwide reported an eyewitness account of 9 objects hurtling across the sky near Mt. Rainier, Washington like "a saucer skipping across the water".

Since then, thousands more sightings of flying saucers or UFO's (unidentified flying objects) have been reported, discussed, wondered about, or lambasted by experts, and in the press most often regarded as "tin hat" sensationalism or conspiracy theories.

The most famous of these in popular culture is the purported 1947 UFO crash in Roswell in New Mexico, along with the infamous Area 51, a suspected top secret US military installation that may be home to recovered alien spacecraft and bodies carefully hidden by the U.S. government in the deserts of Nevada.

Even after serious scientific research on the matter (see the Project Blue Book - stating in 1969 that almost 90 percent of UFOs were actually comets, weather balloons or flocks of birds) belief in visits by extraterrestrial aliens continues unabated.

Of course, the 10 percent of unexplainable close encounters only fuels the speculation,

Around the Web, examine the available evidence in pictures, video, news reports and eyewitness accounts at top sites devoted to the topic, or join a discussion in online message boards to learn more about a growing belief that, in the wide reaches of an expanding universe, we may not be alone ....


More information about UFOs around the Web:

National UFO Reporting Center - Search the database for historical and most recent U.S. sightings, or use the online form to submit your own. Also includes case highlights, airline and jet chase reports, UFO videos, phone hotline.

Extraterrestrials and UFO's - A virtual encyclopedia of information on UFO's, close encounters and related phenomena including crop circles, cattle mutilations, historical sightings, the Roswell crash, purported depictions in art history, related prophecies.

Unidentified flying object - Wikipedia entry on the topic with discussions on their history, major sightings, conspiracy theories, UFO's in pop culture & photos, related resources.

International UFO Museum & Research Center - The official site in Roswell, New Mexico with news on the latest exhibits, the annual UFO festival, with related photos, audio files, virtual tour, maps, directions & visitor information.

Unidentified Flying Object (UFO) Infosite - Pages of information, facts, conjecture and theory behind UFO sightings including historical records, eyewitness & official reports.

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