Now you see it… now you don't! At least that's what some people think happens to ships and airplanes that travel through a certain stretch of the Atlantic Ocean.

Although you won't find the Bermuda Triangle on any map, those words still make pilots and sailors uneasy. Many people believe there is an area of the Atlantic Ocean responsible for the unexplained disappearance of hundreds of aircraft and boats.

This area — called the "Bermuda Triangle" — is roughly defined by an imaginary triangle that connects Miami, Florida to the islands of Bermuda and San Juan, Puerto Rico. This area is sometimes called “The Devil's Triangle" or “The Hoodoo Sea."

Of course, the exact size of the Bermuda Triangle depends on whom you talk to. The smallest area ever defined is at least 500,000 square miles. Some people believe the Bermuda Triangle is as large as 1.5 million square miles.

Any way you define it, though, you're talking about a lot of ocean water. It is in that area of water that many people believe an unusually high number of unexplained disappearances of airplanes, ships and people have occurred.

The name “Bermuda Triangle" was first used in a 1964 article in Argosy magazine. The legend of the area reaches back a lot further than that, though.

Legend has it that Christopher Columbus sailed through the area on one of his early voyages. He reportedly encountered problems with his compass and saw mysterious lights.

Probably the most famous Bermuda Triangle mystery, though, is the disappearance of Flight 19 in 1945. On December 5 of that year, five U.S. Navy Avenger bombers disappeared without a trace while on a routine training mission.

A rescue plane sent to search for survivors or wreckage also disappeared. In total, six airplanes and 27 men appear to have vanished.

To make the mystery even more unusual, an underwater explorer thought he found the underwater wreckage of the planes in 1991. When the planes were identified, however, they weren't the planes from Flight 19. They were other military aircraft that had crashed at some other time in the same area!

So is the Bermuda Triangle haunted? Is it the secret home of aliens or unidentified flying objects (UFOs)? Does a mysterious sea creature lurk in its depths?

Scientists who have studied the area would say “no." Researchers have found that many of the supposed “mysteries" of the Bermuda Triangle occurred in other parts of the ocean, as well.

They also discovered that many accidents happened during bad weather conditions, which are common in the area. Researchers also believe there are valid reasons for why wreckage from accidents in the area can be hard to find.

The Gulf Stream runs through the Bermuda Triangle, and its swift currents can quickly move debris away from the scene of an accident. The Bermuda Triangle is also home to the deepest point in the Atlantic Ocean.

So should you be afraid to fly or sail through the Bermuda Triangle? Not at all!

Research reveals that the actual number of accidents in the area is similar to other parts of the ocean. Today, the Bermuda Triangle is traveled frequently by boats and airplanes — almost all of which return safely!

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