The number of reported UFO sightings is seemingly booming, if the Internet is anything to go by.
Every day, new footage of unidentified orbs or strange objects in the sky hits the Internet — but with new ways to report and share sightings come whole new levels of hoaxes and fakes. How do we separate the signal from the noise?
We don’t, unfortunately. We just look at the reports we have and decide for ourselves which are most believable.
According to the National UFO Reporting Center, 2017 brought them 4,655 UFO sighting reports, down from 2016’s 5,619. How will 2018 fare?
Let’s find out. On this page, you’ll find some of 2018’s more prominent UFO sightings. Some may be hoaxes, some may have ordinary explanations. Perhaps we’ll catch a few that are truly out of this world.
I’ll also add any interesting UFO news that catches my eye. Click here to jump straight to that section.
2018 UFO Sightings With Videos (In Progress)
Section in progress. Stay tuned.
Witness Stories and Reports Without Evidence
1. A Stationary Object Above Williston, Florida
Witness reported an encounter that occurred on February 4, 2018 of a “metal stationary object” hovering “directly over the commercial flight line.” Its shape was described as circular, and it did not move at all. The sighting lasted for roughly two minutes before the object was obscured by cloud cover.
The Almost Sightings
I’m not saying they’re fake, but the following reports and videos contain UFO sightings that either have immediately apparent explanations, or were sufficiently rebuffed right out of the gate. This doesn’t mean the explanations are perfectly accurate or that the cases are closed in any way. They just don’t quite stack up to other sightings.
1. Here Comes the Sun
An alleged UFO glows brightly through the trees in this video from Belarus.
While at first the object looks to be something from inside the vehicle reflected off its window, that theory falls apart when the elongated orange glow gets lost beyond the trees, obstructed from view. Still, what we’re seeing here likely has an ordinary explanation — the sun, either at sunrise or sunset, peeking through cloud cover. With nothing else to go on but the sliver of a bright yellowish orange glow, no other answers seem necessary.
2. UFO Sighting In Mexico
This vertical video of a vertical object shot from a car in Baja California, Mexico went viral in January. The object has been described as “tubular,” and appears to hover rather motionlessly above the buildings. Many commenters, however, have decried the video as a hoax, showing a guy with a jetpack, or even a “piece of dirt on the window.”
3. Milwaukee Lights Sighting
A mysterious display of lights above Milwaukee, Wisconsin shocked Fox 6 News anchors on February 27, 2018.
“Are those fireworks?” one of the anchors can be heard asking as the weird lights dance in the night sky. “Aliens? What is that?” The segment went viral, and the speculation began.
One of the first theories to pop up is that the phenomenon was nothing more than seagulls reflecting light, though many claim that sounds like an explanation straight out of Men In Black. However, roughly 30 minutes after the “sighting,” a Fox 6 reporter captured video of a flock of seagulls right above the Milwaukee County Courthouse, appearing just like the mysterious white lights in the above video.
UFO & Alien Encounter News
- Current number of sightings reported to NUFORC in 2018 (as of March 2): 436
February 19, 2018 – A FOIA request has obtained documents and audio recordings pertaining to a sighting on October 25, 2017, when an unidentified craft appeared in the skies of Northern California and Oregon. The craft was visible in broad daylight at approx. 4:30 p.m., among regular identified planes at about 37,000 feet. Confused, air traffic control scrambled to identify the rogue craft, and F-15 interceptors were sent to investigate. The plane was described as “big” and “white,” and moving very fast.
The easy explanation is that it was an experimental military craft, however this doesn’t explain why the pilot would journey near commercial airplanes. Perhaps it was a “stealth” test, as after some time it ceased to appear on radar.