How to Report a UFO Sighting

How to Report a UFO Sighting

Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs) are of unknown origin and lack identification. The following article will give you tips on how to document and report the sighting of a UFO.


  1. Remain calm. The second you begin to realize that you might be witnessing a UFO, your heart might start racing. Take a deep breath and keep your eyes on the mysterious object.

  2. Look at your watch. It's important that you make note of the exact time that you've witnessed this event so that it can be checked to see if anyone viewed a similar phenomenon at the same time.

  3. Observe as many details as you can. Of particular value to the agencies involved are these observations:

    • What did the object look like?

      • the number of objects observed
      • the shape and color of the object
      • object changed color
      • aura or haze around the object
      • any cloud or smoke trails from the object

    • What did the object do?

      • object moved or landed
      • object emitted lights, sounds, or other objects

    • Was the object engaged with other observable phenomena?

      • other aircraft in the vicinity
      • electrical or magnetic effects, such as a car engine stopping

    • Were your senses impaired or impeded? These may be similar to points a law enforcement agent would cover.

      • objects between you and the UFO that obscured your view
      • wearing contacts or glasses at the time of the sighting
      • wearing headphones or anything to impair or prevent your hearing
      • have a cold or anything preventing your olfactory sense
      • taking prescription drugs, or under the influence of alcohol or other drugs

  4. Note the time when the sighting concluded (i.e. you stopped seeing any unusual, inexplicable phenomena). It's very easy to lose track of time when you are confronted with an unfamiliar situation, so be sure to check a watch or clock as soon as you can after the incident and estimate how long the sighting lasted.

  5. Immediately write down what you witnessed, including the details noted above. Be sure to include the time, location, weather information, approximate size, and information about other witnesses if appropriate. Try to draw a rough visual representation of what you saw while it is fresh in your mind.

  6. Report the sighting to the appropriate agencies. A UFO witness can report a sighting to the following organizations:

Report a UFO - MUFON 

How to report a UFO using the online Mutual UFO Network web site.

30 second television public service announcement produced by Mark Easter for The Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) to bring attention to MUFON's On-Line UFO Report Form.

If you have witnessed a UFO event, please log on to and report it!

The Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) is an American non-profit organization that investigates cases of reported UFO sightings.

It is one of the oldest and largest UFO-investigative organizations in the United States.

MUFON was originally established as the Midwest UFO Network in Quincy, Illinois on May 30, 1969 by Walter H. Andrus, Allen Utke, John Schuessler, and others. Most of MUFON's early members had earlier been associated with Aerial Phenomena Research Organization (APRO).

The organization now has more than 3,000 me
mbers worldwide, with a majority of its membership base situated in the continental United States. MUFON operates a worldwide network of regional directors for field investigation of reported UFO sightings, holds an annual international symposium, and publishes the monthly MUFON UFO Journal.

The stated mission of MUFON is the scientific study of UFOs for the benefit of humanity through investigations, research and education.

Along with the J. Allen Hynek Center for UFO Studies (CUFOS) and the Fund for UFO Research (FUFOR), MUFON is part of the UFO Research Coalition, a collaborative effort by the three main UFO investigative organizations in the US whose goal is to share personnel and other research resources, and to fund and promote the scientific study of the UFO phenomenon.

MUFON is currently headquartered in Greeley, Colorado under the direction of Clifford Clift.


  • Try to photograph or record the event using video equipment such as a camera.
  • In your report mention whether you have glasses or contacts, and whether you were wearing them at the time.
  • Some reports can be filed online.


  • Use discretion when discussing a UFO sighting because of the social stigmas applied to the topic of UFOs.
  • If you were smoking, drinking alcohol or on drugs or medication at the time of the incidence, this may reduce the credibility of your report.