Illinois is one of the top ten states for UFO sightings.
According to the National UFO Reporting Center, over 4,100 people in Illinois have claimed to have seen a UFO in the last year.
On October 8, reports of sightings came in from Crystal Lake, Arlington Heights, Quincy, and Libertyville.
Meanwhile, NASA announced on Friday the 16 people who will spend nine months researching how much information about UFOs is publicly available and how much more is needed to better understand the unexplained sightings.
The team will also consider how to best use all of this information in the future, led by astrophysicist David Spergel, president of the Simons Foundation for advancing scientific research.
“Exploring the unknown in space and the atmosphere is at the heart of who we are at NASA,” said Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator of NASA Headquarters’ Science Mission Directorate.
“Understanding the data we have on unidentified aerial phenomena is critical to drawing scientific conclusions about what is going on in our skies. Data is the language of scientists, and it explains the unexplainable “Zurbuchen elaborated.
The independent study will begin on October 24, according to NASA, and a full report with the team’s findings will be released to the public in “mid-2023.” It will not cost more than $100,000 in total.
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