I Saw a UFO. Now What?

First, chill out and relax.  You are not crazy.  Rather, you are in good company.  More than one in ten Americans have seen a UFO or know someone who has.  We can not all be nuts.

No One Believes My UFO Story

I enjoy hearing all UFO Sighting stories.  But just because you have seen something in the sky which you can not explain does not mean it was of alien origin (and that is OK too).  So the first thing you need to do is think of all the things it could have been.  If it is daytime it could have been an airplane (but naturally,  you thought of that already), strange cloud formations, and of course everyone's favorite, the weather balloon.  It is hard to believe, fifty years after we put a man on the moon we are still using weather balloons.

No One Believes My UFO Story

At night, it could have been a meteor, a nearby planet, lights from a plane or helicopter, or even the Space Station.  It could also be a flare, fireworks, or any number of other things.  A couple weeks ago I saw a sliver of the moon through the trees in the proximity of Venus and Jupiter and thought I saw a UFO.  I am not ashamed to admit I made a mistake.  I laugh when I think about it.

The next thing you need to do is to consider the movement of the object.  Does it move?  It is much easier to explain your sighting as just some weird light or an aircraft if it stays put in one spot or it moves steadily in a straight line.  If the object moves erratically up and down or side to side, changes direction at right angles, zips from one side of the sky to the other, quickly changes speed or abruptly stops, it is harder to cast it aside as a man-made aircraft.

Types of UFOs
Types of UFOs
Does your object have any lights on it?  Are they red?  Do they blink?  Blinking red lights are indicative of Earthly aircraft.  They are warning lights to keep other flyers away, when flying without the aid of navigation equipment (which a surprising number of small aircraft do).

How does the object you saw stay in the air?  Did you see or hear any propellers or a jet engine?  Did it have wings or a tail fin?  If it was low to the ground, did it make the trees around it blow in the wind?  If you were able to answer yes to any of these questions then it may be a man-made aircraft.

There are many other factors to take in, when trying to convince yourself that you did or did not see an alien spaceship.  But at the end of the day, you know what you saw.  I know what I saw and no amount or type of questioning will convince me that what is pictured in the illustration below was anything other than an alien spaceship.

 I Saw a Spaceship

You know for sure.  Now what?

The first thing you need to do is note the day/date, time, duration (amount of time) of the event, and exact location (if possible).  Do a crude sketch by hand, noting the shape and size of the craft.

Do not worry about coming up with a name for the shape.  There are many different types of UFOs (see guide, above).  You can look up definitions of cigar-shaped or teardrop, etc., later.  Also, you may have seen something which defies prior definitions.  I have searched for years to find a description of the ship I saw (below) and cannot find one.  So I named it after myself.    

 Steps to Report a UFO

  1. Note date, time, duration
  2. Note shape and size
  3. What color?
  4. Was it shiny?
  5. Any lights?
  6. How many objects?
  7. How did they fly?
  8. Any creatures?
  9. Make a crude sketch
  10. File a report

If you are unsure of the size, use objects you are familiar with to gauge it.  Was it taller than your house or longer than your yard?

What was it made of?  What color?  Was it shiny or dull?

How many of these objects did you see?  Did they fly in unison or independently of each other?

Then, if your phone has a voice recorder, describe what you saw in detail as if you were telling this story to a friend.  When you can get to a computer or a notebook, write the story down so you can work out the details word for word.

Once you are satisfied with your account of what happened there are several places you can share your story.

The first, and best place, is with me, using my contact form. 

The Marceau Ship

You may contact me, if you want.

The next best option is the National UFO Reporting Center at nuforc.org.  There you will find a UFO Reporting Form.  There is an optional checkbox to request that an investigator reach out to you to get more information.

There is also the Mutual UFO Network at mufon.com. There you will find a more detailed UFO Reporting Form, which has the option of, among other things, reporting if anything was ejected from the spacecraft.

Do not expect to be contacted by people from either website.  They receive thousands of reports and have limited staffs so the odds are against anyone reaching out to you.  I have reported my sighting to both sites, as far back as the 1990's, and no one ever reached out for more info - and I would like to think my story is one people would be very interested in, since it was not just some strange lights or a faraway object but in fact a close encounter with the ship illustrated above.

Regardless of any reservations you may have it is important to follow the Steps to Report a UFO, above, and report your sighting.  We are being visited.  The more people who speak up, the more likely this issue will get the attention it deserves.

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If you have seen an alien spaceship or any type of unidentified flying object (UFO) contact me using the Contact form on this page.  You may remain anonymous if you want.  I will not ridicule you or try to tell you why you are wrong.  I get it, I saw one too.

Thank you for reading and keep an eye on the sky.