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Friday, April 17, 2015

An Animated Data Viz Presents UFO Sighting Information Since 1933

The animated data viz of MBA candidate Christian Pearson shows that aliens don’t shy away from visiting urban areas or densely populated areas. It shows UFO sightings from 1933 until the most recent ones in sequence. It has little blinking lights on the map of the world to indicate the number of sightings. Created using web-based software and data from the National UFO reporting center, the visualization is part of QuantBait initiative that Pearson wants to tell stories about social, political, and economic issues.

Pearson said that this UFO sighting map was a fun initiative to convey the point that beautifully made data visualization can offer profound insights.

The map shows that reported UFO sightings were at their highest number around 1950s and 1960s. In the United States, CIA’s U2-program probably contributed to the number of UFO sightings. The program was a Cold War air surveillance initiative that started in 1954 and ended in 1974. Under this program, the CIA tested several spy planes at Area 51. The Area 51 facility has been the subject of various conspiracy theories about the presence of extra-terrestrials. The more recent sightings are also featured in the data viz.

Pearson said it’s also evident in the data that UFOs don’t shy away from the cities, contrary to the thinking of some people that UFO sightings only occurred in isolated, rural areas.

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