Cheryl Costa



“21st Century UFO Statistics – Analysis and Update”

In the closing years of the 20th century the general spread of easy internet access to the general public has been a windfall for UFO researchers.  Now in the 21st century, the average American has been able to easily find a place to report a UFO sighting with a simple browser search. This has produced a great flood of sighting data for collection for both the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) and the National UFO Reporting Center (NUFORC).  This massive accumulation of data has been a great boon for applying big data statistical analysis to the science of UFO research. For the first time, we now have an eighteen year sample from which to examine UFO patterns over many years, seasons and regions. Several years after the publication of our book UFO Sightings Desk Reference: United States America 2001-2015, the massive database has begun to reveal to us subtle patterns never before studied.


Cheryl Costa currently resides in upstate New York. She is a veteran of the United States Air Force and Navy and retired as an information security professional from the aerospace industry.  Cheryl She saw her first UFO at the age of 12. Since 2013, she has written the very popular UFO column “New York Skies” for  March 2017 was a very important time in which she and Linda Miller Costa released their UFO Statistics book “UFO Sightings Desk Reference:  United States of America 2001-2015.”  This book contains data and analysis trends for 121,000 UFO sighting reports between 2001 and 2015.  The International UFO Congress awarded her with the prestigious “Researcher of the Year” award in 2018.  Cheryl earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the State University of New York at Empire State College.