Well, it’s Friday again and it is always fun to take different datasets and see what we can do with them. This time I found a database of UFO sightings from the National UFO Reporting Center (www.ufocenter.com).
I used Microsoft Excel 2013 and the Power Query add-in to pull in data from the UFO database. I selected the western states because I didn’t want to spend all the time setting up the queries even though it is just a cut and paste of a URL.
Once the data was imported, I could quickly insert a Power Map via Excel. Since I’m dealing with UFO’s, I thought it would be best to create a dark theme.
Let’s remove the Excel shell so we can just look at the map at night.
Let’s drill down a little more into the Seattle area where I live. I live in a city called Sammamish and sure enough, someone right near me reported seeing a UFO!
Let’s pull back and show a heatmap with the density’s of reports. That reflects where the concentrations are.
I’m going to have to pull all the data and map the rest of the United States later. This was pretty insightful.
PS: Email me any questions you may have.