UFO sightings dropped again in 2018. According to NUFORC data, 2018 saw 3,253 total reports, down from 4,655 reports in 2017. How many will we see in 2019?
Below, you’ll find a number of choice UFO sightings, videos, and other oddities updated throughout the year. You can also check out the UFO category for more general posts on mysterious objects in the sky.
UFO witness calls the police in Wyoming
A woman in Powell, Wyoming reported a possible UFO sighting to police on August 7, 2019. According to the Powell Tribune, the incident occurred at 11:23 p.m., when the unidentified woman phoned the Park County Sheriff’s Office to report two mysterious crafts — one a darker color, the other light — hovering in the sky just south of town.
When a sheriff’s deputy arrived, along with a Wyoming Highway Patrol trooper, there were no crafts or lights in the area. However, the woman described her strange encounter, telling them that she’d witnessed multiple “blue and white lights.” One of the alleged crafts appeared to land in a distant corn field. The other craft continued flying over the road.
In a statement, the sheriff’s office said they don’t believe the woman was “impaired” at the time. As to what she saw that night, the sighted crafts, they say, may have simply been drones.
“Shapeshifting” UFO filmed over Cambridge, England
In July, footage surfaced of an alleged “shape shifting UFO” flying over Cambridge. The footage was captured on July 21, and uploaded by the YouTube channel Aviation Videos & Wildlife FULL HD.
What separates this purported UFO video from others is that, unlike much of the footage we tend to see, this channel doesn’t typically upload videos of UFOs or other paranormal topics. Mostly, as their name implies, the channel features planes and birds and other wildlife.
In the video, a bright object can be seen in the sky. It appears spherical, or at least bright enough to obscure any detailed features. Scott Warring of UFO Sightings Daily describes the UFO as having a “fuzzy outer area” which may be related to an “alien propulsion system” of some kind. The story and video was also featured by the Daily Express.
UFO falls from sky, eats lake
In January, WSMV News Channel 4 out of Nashville, Tennessee brought us the story of an old pond that suddenly lost its water.
The pond is at least 100 years old, located just south of Nashville in the backyard of a woman named Patsy Wright. As she recounted, an object appeared to fall from the sky, landing in the pond. The water then drained, revealing a mysterious hole at the bottom (WSMV provides a flyover image of the empty pond and its hole).
While some believe it’s a sinkhole, Wright is convinced of what she saw: “I know something hit it,” she said, “because I heard it.” The hole is also particularly deep. It’s unknown at this point if the hole has been investigated.
Weird green lights over England
Flashing green lights puzzled residents of Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire in England on January 5, 2019. The incident occurred some time between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m., according to the Nottingham Post.
Social media posts described “bright lights” and, in one case, “three flashes of green light.” Some said the lights were “neon green,” perhaps with a bit of white, while others reported blue coloring.
The lights also appeared to move much farther than drones are typically known for.
Mysterious plane troubles residents of Kingston, Canada
In January, Residents of Kingston, Ontario began reporting a mysterious sound that occurred for several weeks, usually at night. It sounded like a low-flying plane, and yet, every time they’d look outside, no plane could be seen.
The story began circulating of a “phantom plane,” and at some points it could be heard flying overhead for hours, late into the night.
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According to CBC, both the local Kingston airport and Canadian Forces said they were unaware of any planes flying in the area at those times. However, an eventual update claimed the noise was caused by a “Pilatus PC-12 RCMP surveillance plane” that had been used during a “national security investigation.”
Vertical orange light above Canada
On December 30, 2018, YouTube user Spazz zz uploaded a curious video out of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. It shows a vertical orange light shining through low clouds in the sky. “I have no idea what it is any ideas?” the uploader asked.
In the video, one of the speakers raises the possibility that the light is a result of HAARP. A commenter, meanwhile, suggested the event happened on “the same day [she] heard those weird sounds coming from the sky.”
Most viewers, however, have concluded the light is nothing more than a natural phenomenon known as a light pillar. You can view an image from January 2016 of a number of light pillars in Stockhom, Sweden here.
- Number of sightings reported to NUFORC as of August 2019: 3,065
September 2019 – Taking a look at the number of UFO reports to NUFORC through August 2019, this year appears to be tracking ahead of 2018 by 764 total sighting reports (3,065 compared to 2,301 at around this time last year). This is still under 2017’s number, however, which by the end of August of that year was at about 3,233.
September 6 – A new Gallup poll suggests that 68% of Americans believe the government knows more about UFOs than they’re letting on. Meanwhile, at least one-third believe UFOs are extraterrestrial in nature.
August 27 – On August 27, 2019, over 300 people gathered at the Marshall County Historical Society’s commemoration to acknowledge the 40th anniversary of an historical local UFO sighting. The sighting occurred on the same date in 1979, when Deputy Val Johnson witnessed a mysterious bright light in the sky. The Grand Forks Herald recalls the story.
August 16 – The meditation center belonging to a UFO group in Thailand was raided on August 15 and 16 by police due to “suspected forest encroachment.” The group, known as UFO Kao Kala, has been gathering at the area for years. However, according to recent reports, local officials fear the gatherings may negatively impact nearby “forest space.”
The group was founded in the late 1990s, after its founder, Somjit Reapeth, sighted a UFO and aliens at Khao Kala Mountain. He claimed to be able to communicate with them, and promised to train others to do the same.
August 8 – Heading into an election year, Bernie Sanders has apparently pledged to “disclose any government information about unidentified flying objects” if elected to office, according to Space.com. Sanders made the comment during an interview with Joe Rogan on August 8, saying that his wife “would demand I let you know.”
July – Stranger things are afoot at Area 51, as a large number of individuals on Facebook have pledged to meet up outside the top-secret base in September. The original plan was to “storm” it, though the creator of the event has since changed gears (it was originally meant to be a joke, he says). He instead wants to hold an alien-themed music festival out in the high desert.
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