New map shows UFO sightings throughout world from 1933 to present day

X-Files FBI agent Fox Mulder would love this fascinating map that shows every official UFO sighting of the past 76 years.

Levi Pearson, a blogger on data analysis website Quantbait, created the map using data from the National UFO Reporting Center and map making software from CartoDB.

The first UFO sightings were seen in the skies over California and Nebraska in the US, the UK and France in Europe, and locations in Japan and Australia in 1933.

The number of sightings increases dramatically between the 1940s and the 1960s, but there may be a simple explanation.

Combined with an explosion of sci-fi films and books, It turns out that the CIA’s U2 spy plane programme may have been responsible for several of these report.

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Click here to see the interactive map