Ben Hansen

Paranormal, Skywatch Investigations
Ben Hansen was the lead host and investigator of the TV show Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files which originally aired three seasons on the Syfy Channel and now can be seen on Destination America. The Fact or Faked team investigated videos and photos of alleged paranormal events to determine if they had a natural explanation, were hoaxed, or if they remained unexplained. In addition to responding to UFO cases, the six-person team also led audiences around the world in search of ghosts, Bigfoot, chupacabras, mermaids, and other unusual occurrences. More recently, Hansen appeared on UFO’s Declassified which aired on the Smithsonian Channel and History Canada, Mysteries of the Outdoors and Expedition Unknown on the Travel Channel, and Paranormal Lockdown and Ghosts of Shepherdstown on Destination America.

Hansen graduated from the University of Utah with a degree in Sociology and Criminology. He then went to work for several years investigating child physical abuse and sex crimes before moving on to employment with the FBI. He now uses the skills he learned in interviewing and investigation methodology to focus his research on techniques to validate UFO witness testimony and filter out hoaxers and cases with natural explanations. As a night vision and thermal imaging equipment dealer, Hansen also works with technology manufacturers to improve low-light video recording with the goal of improving the documentation of the UFO phenomenon. His company, Night Vision Ops, can be found online at

With a limit of only 9 units available, and special CITD pricing, these will go fast!

Ben Hansen is offering this deal – Order now, and Ben will personally deliver the scope to you AT Contact In The Desert.

The Sionyx Aurora Pro is the industry’s top digital night vision scope that records in color night vision at ISO sensitivity down to .001 Lux. It records video in 720p and the kit includes a 32GB microSD card, two batteries, USB connection/data cable, and a hardshell waterproof case.

For purchase and payment details, please email [email protected]

CITD 2024 Presentations


Not presenting lecture this year.


Not presenting a workshop this year.


Not presenting an intensive this year.

CITD 2024 Panels

Paranormal Anomalies: Locations and Manifestations of the Unexplained

Explore the mysterious locations and unexplained manifestations that defy rational explanation. From strange lands to sacred sites shrouded in legend, our panelists have had their boots on the ground at …

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Other CITD Appearances Include…

FREE Events

No appearances at other free, community events this year.

PAID Events

Night Watch Excursion

Friday, May 31, 7:30pm-12:30pm For the first time ever, CITD will offer an evening off-campus to search the skies. Hosted by two of our renowned skywatch experts, this intimate gathering …

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