PHOENIX — All across the U.S., people report unidentified flying objects, and Peter Davenport and his team track them all.
Davenport is the director of the National UFO Reporting Center based in Harrington, Washington.
According to that organization, there were 221 UFO sightings around Arizona in 2019.
And many of the sightings weren't in rural areas. We're talking about sightings over Phoenix, Mesa, Glendale and other big Valley cities.
People have described pretty much everything – discs, triangles, lights and fireballs lasting anywhere from seconds to more than an hour.
Just two weeks ago in Laveen, a person described a strange sighting on Dec. 18:
"I was sitting at my kitchen table and I saw a saucer with blue lights, ran outside, it was cruising low and slow from South Mountain traveling northeast towards Scottsdale."
Two separate reports on December 12 detail a similar sighting. Both describe "30 star-like objects traveling in a line."
In September, someone reported "Six silver irregular flying objects zig-zagging over Scottsdale, AZ."
These types of encounters go back decades.
"We are being visited routinely by these things that since 1947 we've called UFOs," Davenport said.
Nobody knows exactly what they are, but many believe these UFOS might be signs of life beyond our planet.
"If this is true, if there's even a shard of a possibility that this is true, it is the biggest scientific question that has ever confronted mankind.