Did You Know?
- You are most likely to see a UFO in South Dakota, where your odds are +11200.
- Florida is the state with the lowest odds of spotting a UFO – just +341800.
- Over 40,000 Americans have taken out alien abduction insurance.
A History of UFO sightings
Since the dawn of time, people have seen strange lights, spacecraft and alien life. While many encounters have been dismissed due to a lack of hard evidence, many are taken as signs of alien life.
Here's a brief history of UFO sightings:
The Roswell, New Mexico UFO crash. A UFO and its alien passengers crashed into the deserts of New Mexico, where they were collected by the US military and hidden from the public.
José Higgins saw three humanoid figures coming out of a UFO in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Thomas F. Mantell, an experienced pilot with over 2000 hours in the air, died in a crash after being sent to investigate a UFO over Kentucky.
Two commercial pilots saw a glowing object pass by their plane before it pulled up into a cloud and traveled out of sight near Montgomery, Alabama.
An Air Force pilot saw and pursued a UFO for 27 minutes over Fargo, North Dakota.
Radar of an F-61 Black Widow over Japan detected something below the aircraft. When the pilot attempted to intercept it, he saw what looked like a stubby cigar that then accelerated and disappeared.
Among the most famous pictures of a UFO, Paul and Evelyn Trent observed a slow-moving, metallic disk-shaped object over their farm just outside Sheridan, Oregon. They managed to take two photos before the object sped away to the west.
Nick Mariana, the manager of a minor-league baseball team, saw two bright silvery objects rotating while flying over Great Falls, Montana. He filmed them for 16 seconds on his 16 mm movie camera.
From 25-30 August, professors and students saw strange lights flying over Lubbock, Texas. They were 15-30 objects flying in a v or u formation, each the size of a dinner plate, appearing greenish-blue and flying over 600 mph.
Throughout the month, a series of UFO sightings were reported in Washington D.C. Most of these involved various lights moving at speeds that ruled out shooting stars or known aircraft at the time.
Ralph Mayher filmed good footage of a high speed UFO on his 16mm camera, exposed at 24 frames per second. He handed the film over to the Air Force for analysis, but never had his film returned - the analysis report was also never released.
Three Prescott Arizona residents saw a total of eight UFOs at Del Rio Springs Creek. Numerous other sightings reported throughout the first half of the year near Prescott.
Felix Moncla flew to investigate a UFO near the Soo Locks in Michigan. After his radar blip met the unidentified object in an assumed crash, Moncla disappeared. No trace of the plane or pilot was ever found.
The crew of a Royal Dutch Airlines DC-4 flying over Greenland saw three to four lens-shaped objects veer north and change position in formation.
800 people from three villages in the Bihar region of India saw a gray, 12-foot UFO. It hovered in mid-air about 500 feet off the ground for a few minutes, then took off at incredibly fast.
The first reported case of sex with an alien, South African photographer and meteorologist Elizabeth Klarer wrote a detailed account of her interactions and relationship with the Alien Akon who fathered her son Ayling in the Drakensberg.
An Air Force RB-47 with the most advanced monitoring equipment of that time was tracked for 700 miles by a UFO. The object was observed in Kansas, followed through Missouri and over Texas.
One of the first abduction claims, Antonio Vilas Boas claimed he was abducted from his farm in Minas Gerais, Brazil. He was examined by humanoid aliens and had sex with an alien woman aboard the egg-shaped UFO.
Numerous people in and around the town of Levelland, Texas reported seeing a large, bright, egg-shaped object. At least 10 different cars' lights and engines stopped working at the same time, before becoming functional once the object flew away.
It was the first widely publicized alien abduction when Betty and Barney Hill were abducted south of Lancaster on Route 3 in New Hampshire. They said that they were abducted and medically examined by small aliens after seeing their spacecraft.
Two police officers saw a shiny, copper-colored craft landing on a street in Pretoria, South Africa. Their patrol car cut out and it flew away. Nearby witnesses saw a bright light and a red ball in the sky.
Considered Pennsylvania's Roswell incident, a fireball was seen by thousands in six states and Canada, causing sonic booms near Pittsburgh. The object was recovered by the US military in the town of Kecksberg, with a lot of secrecy.
Cameraman Leman Hanson shot 10 seconds of 16 mm color footage of a UFO on Catalina Island off the coast of California.
A UFO was observed near Fort Beaufort in South Africa taking off with bright lights. Later in the year, a school headmaster claimed to have seen a still smoldering UFO landing site in the town of Rosmead.
Astronauts aboard space station Skylab 3 discover an unknown object in their photographs. It appears to be a bright red humanoid figure.
Two men were fishing off a pier on the Pascagoula River in Mississippi when they heard a whizzing sound and saw two flashing blue lights and an oval object 30-40 feet across. They were taken aboard and examined
A UFO was spotted in North Bergen, New Jersey, near a large apartment building called Stonehenge. After the man, George O'Barski, told his friend, they investigated and learned several residents of the building also saw the strange lights.
UFO was seen hovering over restricted airspace of Wurtsmith Air force base in Michigan. It was chased by a KC-135, but never recovered for explained.
Travis Walton and five other members of a logging crew saw a large, silvery disc hovering above a clearing in Arizona. The crew saw Walton hit by a beam of light. He was missing for five days.
Constable Jim Blackwood, a Mountie in Clarenville Canada, saw a flying saucer. It hovered for an hour and a half. When he turned his cruiser lights on and off, the UFO mimicked them before taking off like a shooting star.
Val Johnson's squad car was engulfed in light in Minnesota. The windshield was shattered and a headlamp was damaged. His wristwatch and the vehicle's clock had stopped for 14 minutes. He also had welder's burns.
Robert Taylor saw a flying dome hovering above a forest clearing near Livingston, Scotland. He lost consciousness and when he came home disheveled, his wife and police took him to the site where they found ladder-shaped marks.
Betty Cash, Vickie Landrum and Vickie's seven-year-old grandson Colby saw a huge, diamond-shaped object above the trees as they drove through southern Texas. They felt intense heat and all were later treated for radiation sickness.
A V-shaped object covered in lights was seen in Hudson Valley, New York by hundreds of residents. One witness claimed that if there was such a thing as a flying city, this was it.
The Phoenix Lights over Arizona are one of the most documented sightings. Hundreds of people saw the v-shaped formation of lights that blocked out the stars.
UFOs appearing as lights in a huge V formation moved through the New Jersey sky too. Hundreds of onlookers reported the event and it was videotaped. It also corresponds to missing-time reported by a man in Fort Lee, NJ.
A UFO was seen on radar and eye witnesses flying over the pacific from the coast of California. The UFO then sped off at a great speed, leaving pilots and other witnesses dumbfounded.
United Airlines pilots and employees saw a saucer-shaped, unlit craft hovering over a Chicago O'Hare Airport terminal. It then shot up vertically at such speed that it left a clear blue hole in the cloud layer.
‘Fiery disks’ were seen floating over the skies by the scribes of the Pharoah Thutmose III.
Two Roman armies reported seeing a flying object in the shape of a wine jar. It exploded and a body that looked like molten silver appeared to fall between the two armies.
Saxons attempting to attack the Sigiburg Castle in France were scared off by a floating craft that looked like two large, red, flaming shields.
Mass UFO sightings over Nuremberg, Germany. With so many UFOs visible, many speculate that this was an aerial, extraterrestrial battle.
A bowl-shaped shiny object appeared over the skies of South Korea. It made a ‘thunderous sound’, flew ‘fast like an arrow’ and the ground shook. It appeared as though it would land, but then rose and disappeared into sparks.
John Winthrop records seeing bright lights from Boston over the Massachusetts Bay. Not only did he and two other men see the bright light moving above the water, when they stopped looking at the light, their boat had moved a mile upstream.
A massive moon-like globe with a black bar across its face appeared suddenly over Hull, England. It bathed the area in a strange blue light, and then split into seven smaller fireballs and disappeared.
Word of a UFO crash and the burial of its alien pilot was sent to newspapers in Dallas and Fort Worth. The event was reported by S. E. Hayden, and took place in Aurora, Texas.
First responders and a Baptist minister in Cape Girardeu, Missouri, saw a crashed spacecraft and alien bodies. The military arrived and swore the witnesses to secrecy.
The ‘Hopeh’ incident in China resulted in photographs showing a UFO.
Gösta Karlsson reported seeing a flying saucer with alien passengers in Sweden.
Known as the Maury Island incident, Harold A. Dahl reported his dog was killed and son injured by debris from 4-6 donut-shaped objects in Washington. A witness was then threatened by the Men in Black.
North of Mount Rainier in Washington, private pilot Kenneth Arnold saw nine, shiny UFOs flying faster than 1,200 miles per hour. The media frenzy is credited with inventing the term ‘flying saucer’.
When were you most likely to see a UFO?
During the second World War, most UFO sightings were dismissed as wartime rockets.
After the crash and cover up in Roswell, New Mexico, people realized that they couldn't just trust the government's explanations anymore. Combine that with the paranoia of the Cold War, and everyone was seeing UFOs everywhere.
So, were aliens busier on earth in the 40s and 50s, or are they just better covered up now? Here's a graph to help you see just how common UFO sightings have been in the US for the last 80 years.