You might think that if you had a UFO sighting which occurred weeks, months, or even years ago, that no one would be interested or could gain any data from reporting it… but you’d be surprised! Here at SGRA we are constantly receiving sighting reports, some present, some past, but we always collect the data and put it into our Investigation File Database anyway. What is very interesting is that sightings we have recorded date back to the 1950s, and more often than not, someone will get around to reporting something they observed and we find that it matches up with another sighting already in our database!
Since we began imputing sighting data into our database, we have had several (12 in total) instances where years after the sightings took place we found multiple eyewitnesses to the events. In those cases, we were able to actually go back and have our investigators interview witnesses, visit sighting locations, and in some cases even bring witnesses together who had never realized other people observed the same objects. Another great addition is of course modern technology. Many things that once took us weeks or even months to crossreference can now be done through the Internet. As a result, it’s now far easier and quicker for our investigators to check things like weather reports, air traffic control logs, and other aviation and astronomical resources to quickly see if an object that was sighted may have been something explainable. In addition, some of these resources have posted data from the past online as well, so even if a sighting took place years ago, we can still go back and find out information about weather conditions, astronomical phenomena, and sometimes aircraft in the area.
So, whether past or present, if you’ve seen something unusual in the sky we invite you to report it to us. The more details that can be provided, that greater amount of data we can collect. And you never know, you may be the witness to a sighting that we have been looking for the missing piece to!