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The truth is out there…we just have no idea what it is. Here are the results of our Westchester reader poll on UFOs and little green men.
Whether you’re a dyed in the wool skeptic or an Ancient Aliens aficionado, UFO sightings have been a part of American pop culture since well before atomic age pulp serials gave us the quintessential mental image of gleaming flying saucers and wide-eyed E.T.s coming in peace (or not).
Westchester County itself has a long history of bizarre and unexplained sightings — often by quite reputable sources and scientifically minded witnesses — which makes perfect sense if you think about it: Surely, if an alien culture were to visit Earth, wouldn’t Westchester be the place to be? After all, we’ve got a diverse mix of cultures, delicious foods from all over the world, and don’t even get us started on the foliage this time of year. Plus, with all that scenic parkland, there’s no dearth of suitable landing sites. Alien visitation could be a huge new source of income for Westchester County!
Whether you call them UFOs or UAPs, weirdo aircraft haven’t been this popular since Spielberg released Close Encounters of the Third Kind nearly 45 years ago. So, we recently sampled 40 Westchesterites at westchestermagazine.com and asked them “Do You Believe?”
Long story short: They do!
Submitted by reader Tony Wells, a formation of lights lit up the sky over Yonkers on October 23, 2021 between 7:38 and 7:40 p.m.
“My 6 yr old grandson saw a single orange orb and drew my attention to it because it moved at a different pace than aircraft. We both thought it was odd that it stopped in the sky and made a 100-degree turn, then disappeared. Then we notice coming from the west 3 more in succession, following the same trajectory, and turn at the same point, but less sharply as it moved moved slightly east above us. This is the point I was able to film it. Another man saw it too and was baffled.”
“About 5 minutes later we saw another similar object. I thought maybe fire lanterns? But the objects moved deliberately, with no bounce or wander. They were also very high up and may have disappeared into the clouds, but their trajectory should have revealed them in a nearby clearing.”