Devon is one of the best places in UK to spot UFOs
Strange lights in the sky, crop circles, glowing orange discs, little green men. From ET to Stranger Things, humans have an enduring fascination with all things extra terrestrial. And the question ‘are we alone?’ is one that never grows old. But now, new data shows that Devon is one of Britain’s UFO hotspots.
Out of a list of 25 possible counties, Devon was ranked number eight when it came to witnessing unidentified flying objects. Top of the list was East Riding in Yorkshire, followed by North Yorkshire and Kent. The report also revealed that in 2021 there were 333 extra terrestrial sightings in England, with 43 alleged sightings in Scotland, 25 in Wales and nine in Northern Ireland.
The research was carried out by holiday booking company, laterooms.com, to mark the 40th anniversary of Steven Spielberg’s much-loved film, ET. The company compared UFO Identified’s 2021 report with its own internal data of the most popular locations for holiday bookings over the past 12 months.
While many may dismiss such sightings as the stuff of fantasy or nonsense, a Freedom of Information request to Devon and Cornwall Police revealed that they had received a volume of 999 and 101 calls from people claiming to have seen an alien or UFO. The request revealed that between 2015 and 2020 (the latest available figures) 24 extra-terrestrial happenings were reported in places such as Plymouth, Exeter, Cullompton and Torquay. Although some of the calls were said to be from individuals with mental health issues (and therefore not indicative of extra-terrestrial sightings) or from people who sounded heavily intoxicated.
However, if you fancy going on your own UFO hunt, then it’s claimed the most likely time to see one is on a Saturday between 9pm and 10pm. It’s also suggested that September is the best month to spot unexplained sightings in the sky. To maximise your chances, Nick Pope, former head of the Ministry of Defence’s (MoD) UFO investigations, has the following advice.
Find an open view
Finding a good location for a skywatch is crucial. According to Pope, you need to find high ground with unobstructed views and low light pollution.
Once you’ve found your perfect spot, you should wait for the skies to clear. He recommends taking bottled water or a thermos of coffee, depending on the weather!
Get to know the sky
Pope recommends using a good astronomy app if skywatching at night. This will help you identify bright stars, planets and satellites. By doing so, you will avoid misidentifying things sometimes reported as UFOs.
If you do spot something, stay calm! This will allow you to take the best quality photos or video footage. The better the quality of image, the more chance you have of being able to calculate an object’s distance, size and speed. It’s important to remember that while zooming in can bring out more details, it can also introduce distortions.
For the full top 25 list of holiday locations best for UFO sightings, plus an expert’s guide to spotting extraterrestrial activity and tips for sky gazing, visit: https://www.laterooms.com/britains-ufo-spotting
You can see more UFO hotspots below
- East Riding of Yorkshire
- North Yorkshire
- Dumfries Galloway
Upcoming astronomy events in 2022
- June 14 – Strawberry Moon
- June 21 – June Solstice
- June 22 – Grand alignment of five visible planets
- June 29 – New moon
- July 4 – The Earth at aphelion
- July 13 – Full Moon
- August 12/13 – Perseid Meteor Shower
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