Look Up! UFO's Show Up In Summer.

December 26, 2018

Are there any correlations or trends among UFO sightings? Do they tend to occur in a specific month or time of year? Any location? Do they occur around airports? To answer these questions, I created a Power BI dashboard to help shed some light on the conundrum and visualize what's going on.




Here's a time lapse of the development!


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Overall, it seems that "light" shaped objects were the most reported UFO, followed by "triangle" shaped objects. 



Well, that's considering the entire data set (from 1910 to 2014). If we filter the data to show '00 - '14, we see that "light" is again the most reported shape followed by "circle" this time. 



Interesting.... It seems the Alien's favorite vehicle is a light. But did the they begin purchasing circle shaped saucers at a certain point in time, as opposed to triangle shaped?


Plotting out the shape over time (just showing most reported shapes of light, circle, triangle, and fireball), we see that around 2010, circle shaped UFO's began exceeding triangle shaped UFO's. 



Aside from shapes, UFO's seem to appear most during the summer months of June to August. Although, this may be due to the fact that people spend more time outside during the summer than winter, giving them more time to spot a UFO. 



Finally, I had this image in my head that UFO sightings were typically seen in the west, countryside.... However, from the data, it appears that the majority occur around the New York area. Coincidently, that's also where the most amount of airports are located as well.



I hope this was a fun and interesting read for you!



Data Source: Kaggle.com


Do you want to improve on your data visualization skills? I recommend checking out "Storytelling with Data" by Cole Knaflic.


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Brent Jones loves spending time with his wife and trying out new activities together.  They traveled as digital nomads to many countries in South America, Europe and Asia. He can also speak Japanese!

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