Idaho may be known for its potatoes, but it now also has bragging rights for having the highest number of UFO sightings per capita in the nation during the first three months of 2020, according to reports.
Last week, a website that researches satellite internet access for rural communities released a report based on state populations using data from the National UFO Reporting Center, according to the Idaho State Journal.
Residents in the Gem State reported 164 UFO sightings during the past year and a half, according to the study, which came out in advance of World UFO Day, which is Thursday.
By sheer numbers, the title goes to Florida, which reported a whopping 567 sightings — but Idaho’s relatively low population means it had 9.18 sightings per 100,000 people, the Idaho Statesman noted, citing the satelliteinternet.com report.
Tim Tincher, a researcher for the website, said the company wanted to see if satellite internet equipment was being mistaken for UFOs.
“The satellite internet industry has been transforming with the launch of new low-orbit satellite internet services like SpaceX’s Starlink, which promises to bring much faster internet to people all over the US,” Tincher told the Statesman in an email.
“We were curious to see if people were mistaking visible Starlink satellite trains as UFOs in the sky and wanted to take a further look into the data from the National UFO Reporting Center,” he added.
Montana was a close second, with 9.17 sightings per capita, while New Hampshire, Maine and New Mexico — home to Roswell, renowned for an alleged UFO crash in 1947– rounded out the top five spots.
The last sighting in Idaho was in Bonners Ferry on April 18, according to the National UFO Reporting Center.
“While out watching Starlink with my wife and two children, we noticed a light that at first we thought was an additional satellite in a different location and direction,” the report said, according to the Statesman.
“We noticed it moved in large distances across the sky in a split second. For example one moment it was in one spot and the next in a totally different, with no trail to be seen,” it continued.
“At one point we witnessed it make a very defined turn, and followed by a second 900-degree turn back to the original area. It appeared as though it were falling from the (sky), but was continuing to move from place to place. It appeared to be a bluish white in color.”
The website also linked to two surveys that show more and more people in the US believe extraterrestrials exist and may even visit our planet.
But they apparently don’t have much interest in Texas.
The Lone Star State reported the fewest per-capita UFO sightings – a mere 1.29 per 100,000 people, according to the report, which found that most sightings are later identified as drones, satellites or weather balloons.