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A UFO is an unidentified flying object. UFOs have been sighted throughout history and around the world (as well as in outer space by astronauts). While the vast majority of UFO sightings are explainable (identified flying objects, IFOs), a small number remain unidentified. UFOs are also a cultural phenomenon that has captured the imagination of many people, and visiting sites associated in history or the popular imagination with UFOs can make for a fun vacation.

UFO hotspots

Map of UFOs

A UFO hotspot is a location where an unusually high number of UFOs have been sighted.

  • Tequixquiac, UFO sightings have been part of local folklore dating back more than 1,000 years.
  • Area 51, Nevada - An American military base formerly used for nuclear testing and believed by some to harbor the bodies of extraterrestrials.
  • Marfa, Texas - The famed Marfa lights are thought by some to be alien in origin.
  • Roswell (New Mexico) - Site of 1947 UFO crash and home to a delightfully quirky UFO museum.

Claimed UFO crash sites


United States of America


United Kingdom

  • Bala, North Wales.
  • Rendelsham Forest - A forested area near Woodbridge in East Anglia between two former US Air Force bases in England, which in the Early 1980s was the location of an alleged encounter with a UFO. Sceptics however have alleged that what was actually seen was the Orford Ness lighthouse some distance away!

Other places of ufological interest

  • 1 Delingha Alien Ruins (德令哈外星人遗址) (about 80 km by road from Delingha in Qinghai Province). In this remote corner of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, there is a cave containing a network of mysterious pipes known as the Baigong pipes. The pipes have been dated to about 150,000 years ago, long before humans could build such structures, and this had led some people to theorize that the pipes are the work of aliens. Skeptics, on the other hand, contend that the pipes are merely fossilized tree roots. Baigong Pipes (Q2255395) on Wikidata Baigong pipes on Wikipedia
  • Nazca - It is alleged that the Nazca lines may have been created for or by extraterrestrials.

United States of America

  • Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, Ohio - One of the locations where the Roswell UFO wreckage may have been sent.
  • Area 51, Nevada - One of the locations where the Roswell UFO wreckage may have been sent. The location of Lockheed-Martin's Skunkworks, where a number of secret experimental craft are tested, including the stealth bomber and fighter, which may have been responsible for a number of black triangle sightings.

See also

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