25 Of The Most Famous UFO Sightings On Record

Posted by , Updated on May 21, 2024

If you firmly believe in extraterrestrial beings having harmful intentions towards us, or think that our closest encounter with alien life might involve someone like Dennis Rodman, then from an objective perspective, here is a list of the 25 most significant UFO sightings documented to date.



Greifswald Lights, East Germany (1990)

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On August 24, 1990 East German and Russian personnel working at the nuclear power plant recorded these clusters of UFOs as they appeared to group in the sky over a very sensitive location.


Warrenton Sighting, South Africa (1994)

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A farmer claimed to have made repeated observations of a noisy, nighttime craft travelling at great speeds, beside what he described as a ‘mother ship’. The craft’s noise was compared to the sound of a helicopter or Volkswagen Beetle engine.


Warden Sighting, South Africa (2000)

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In 2000, a police inspector claimed that he observed a UFO while he was travelling on the N3 freeway near Warden in South Africa. He described the UFO as an orange, oval-shaped light that was large enough to cover four lanes of freeway.


Kolkata Sighting, India (2007)

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In 2007, several people claimed to have spotted a fast moving flying object between 3:30 AM and 6:30 AM in Kolkata, India. The object was spherical to triangular in shape and emitted a bright light forming a halo.


Vancouver Sighting, Canada (2011)

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On February 20, 2011 residents of Vancouver spotted and recorded green and red blinking stationary lights. Upon inspection of the film, however, it turned out to be a simple kite with LED lights attached to it.


Captain William Schnaffner Incident, North Sea (1970)

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Captain William Schaffner was an American exchange pilot flying with the RAF. On the evening of September 8, 1970 an object appeared over the North Sea. He took off to follow it but shortly thereafter all radio communications were severed. His plane was eventually found on the sea floor with the canopy closed but no sign of the Captain. UFO enthusiasts were all over this one.


Berwyn Mountains, Wales (1974)

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Following several ground tremors and the alleged appearance of strange lights in the sky locals claimed that it was caused by UFOs landing. Most scientists, however, point to earthquake lights as the cause.


Yeni Kent Compound, Turkey (2008)

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In 2008, a guard at the Yeni Kent Compound in Turkey videotaped a series of lights in the sky over a four-month period. His videos became pretty famous in the “aliens are real” community.


Belgium Wave (1989-1990)

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Sometime between 1989 and 1990, thousands of Belgians claimed to have seen UFOs in the form of large, silent and low-flying black triangles. The government, however, stated that they were military helicopters.


Lubbock Lights, Texas (1951)

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In 1951 three professors from Texas Technical College spotted roughly 20-30 strange looking lights flying in a V-shape formation near Lubbock, Texas. The sighting became famous though, thanks to a photograph taken by a student.


Tehran UFO Incident, Iran (1976)

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In 1976, a UFO was said to have disabled the electronic equipment of two fighter jets in Tehran. In fact, according to official records, Iranian generals claimed that the technical failure was caused by extra-terrestrial beings. Who says the government is always trying to cover things up? Aliens make a great scapegoat…


Jimmy Carter Sighting (1969)

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While Governor of Georgia, Jimmy Carter filed a report in 1973 stating that he had seen a strange white light in the evening sky four years earlier. The report became famous once he was elected president.


Sao Paulo Sighting, Brazil (1986)

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After 20 UFOs were detected by radar in Sao Paulo, Brazil, a military aircraft was sent to intercept them. However, just when the aircraft was about to reach the UFOs, they disappeared. Apart from all the conspiracy theories, the general consensus was that the lights were debris being ejected by Soviet space station Salyut-7 and reentering the earth’s atmosphere in central-western Brazil.


Carson Sink Incident, Nevada (1952)

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The Carson Sink UFO incident of 1952 involved two senior military pilots who claimed to have sighted three unusual aircrafts while flying above the Carson Desert. The unidentified aircraft were allegedly far faster than any known military fighter planes.


Lonnie Zamora UFO Sighting, New Mexico (1964)

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In 1964, Lonnie Zamora, a local police officer, claimed to have spotted huge, bluish orange flames in the sky being emitted from a doughnut-shaped silver machine manned by two white-clad individuals. His report gained widespread attention due to the fact that it was documented live over police radio.


Westall Encounter, Australia (1966)

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In 1966, around 200 students and teachers in Westall, Melbourne witnessed an object that descended into a grassy field and took off over houses into a local suburb. The general consensus has been that it was an experimental military aircraft.


Maury Island Incident, Washington (1947)

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A sailor named Harold Dahl claimed to have seen six UFOs while he was scavenging for driftwood in Puget Sound, Washington. He later claimed that “men in black” visited him and told him to stop telling his story. He eventually changed his mind and said it was all a hoax.


Shag Harbor, Canada (1967)

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In 1967, an unidentified object crashed into Shag Harbor in Nova Scotia. After an investigation was conducted, the incident was classified as ‘unsolved’ by the Canadian Department of National Defense.


Levelland Case, Texas (1967)

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In the Levelland Case of 1967, several car engines allegedly stalled after encountering a glowing, egg-shaped object. They then supposedly started up again after the object left. The police concluded that it was just an electrical storm.


Clyde W. Tombaugh Sighting, New Mexico (1949)

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In 1949, Respected American astronomer Clyde Tombough (who was responsible for discovering the planet Pluto in 1930) spotted eight rectangular lights in the sky above Las Cruces in New Mexico. His credentials contributed to the popularity of his claims.


Rendlesham Forest Lights, England (1980)

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The Rendlesham Forest Lights incident is the name given to a series of sightings and the alleged landing of a UFO in the Rendlesham Forest, England. The UK ministry of defense saw no threat to national security and as such, never investigated the incident.


The Hill Abduction, New Hampshire (1961)

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A couple named Barney and Betty Hill who lived in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, reported in 1961 that they had been kidnapped by aliens. They recounted that inside the aircraft, they saw a 3D ‘star map’ which they believed the aliens use to identify their location.


Washington, D.C. Sighting, 1952

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In 1952, several UFOs were spotted above the sky of Washington, D.C. The U.S. Air Force maintained that it was mere temperature change that had caused radar signals to bend and give false returns.


Kenneth Arnold Case, Washington (1947)

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In 1947, an American businessman named Kenneth Arnold claimed to have seen several saucer-like objects flying in a chain above Mount Rainier in Washington. He was the one that coined the term “flying saucer” that same year.


Roswell, 1947

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The Roswell incident remains to be the most famous UFO incident in history. It involved UFO hunters who claimed in 1947 that they saw the US military capture an alien aircraft, which the US military denied. The military said it was simply a surveillance device from a classified operation that they captured and not a flying saucer.