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Los Angeles, Calif., and Westmoreland, Penn., may seem worlds apart, but they’re the top major metro and less populated locales for UFO sightings, respectively, according to a handy map and chart from Popular Mechanics. Also represented are special use airspace, represented as gray blotches, and red lines that mark air traffic control boundaries. The data comes from the Center for UFO Studies, which has records of sightings dating to 1947. Popular Mechanics suggests that proximity to military training zones tend to cause more sightings, but also notes that psychology could play a role, as Westmoreland is located near a supposed 1965 UFO crash. As for La-La Land, well, we’re just weird like that. [Popular Mechanics via CrunchGear]