A UFO is an unidentified flying object. UFOs have been sighted throughout history and around the world (as well as in outer space by astronauts). While the vast majority of UFO sightings are explainable (identified flying objects, IFOs), a small number remain truly unidentified and unexplainable from known phenomena and craft. Some of these may be experimental military craft, though others are bizarre enough to seemingly rule out that potential explanation. Additionally, there are many accounts of individuals being abducted into craft. We take no view of such accounts here, but merely direct interested travelers to places identified as being especially associated with UFOs.
Tips for travelers
If you think you see a UFO on a roadtrip, safely pull over the vehicle if possible, and try to get a photograph and as much documentation as you can. If you believe you have experienced a close encounter (unusual mechanical or electronic behavior from your vehicle, unexplained loss of time on your clock, etc. in the presence of a UFO), you should also try to safely pull the vehicle over if possible, and attempt to gather as much evidence as you can (GPS coordinates, photographs, etc.) to provide to professional investigators. If it is safe and practical to do so, look around for damage to vegetation, burn marks, or other signs of an air or space craft. If you can, write down or draw your experiences as soon as possible while they are fresh in your memory. The Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) is the largest UFO organization in the USA, and can be reached at +1 949 476-8366. If you feel that you are in danger or that the UFO might cause danger to others, you should still dial an emergency number first (911 in the USA). In the USA, local civilian authorities such as police are often the first responders to UFO reports. However, federal authorities may soon become involved. Contacting an organization like MUFON can help to prevent an eventual coverup. The likelihood that your UFO is an extraterrestrial craft though is relatively low. Most UFO sightings are terrestrial aircraft or natural phenomena.
See also Wikipedia's list of UFO organizations for more organizations to report sightings to.
Symptoms of alleged close encounters
Many individuals who claim to have experienced close encounters report symptoms of radiation sickness. If you feel nauseated, experience hair loss, or any other symptoms of radiation sickness after a close encounter, you should find a doctor as soon as possible to get checked out. If possible, request personal copies of any lab results such as bloodwork or any other medical paperwork from your visit as additional evidence.
A UFO hotspot is a location where an unusually high number of UFOs have been sighted.
- Area 51, Nevada - An American military base formerly used for nuclear testing and believed by some to harbor the bodies of extraterrestrials.
- Marfa, Texas - The famed Marfa lights are thought by some to be alien in origin.
Claimed UFO crash sites
United States of America
Other places of ufological interest
- Nazca - It is alleged that the Nazca lines may have been created for or by extraterrestrials.
United States of America
- Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, Ohio - One of the locations where the Roswell UFO wreckage may have been sent.
- Area 51, Nevada - One of the locations where the Roswell UFO wreckage may have been sent. The location of Lockheed-Martin's Skunkworks, where a number of secret experimental craft are tested, including the stealth bomber and fighter, which may have been responsible for a number of black triangle sightings.
- Rendlesham forest- A forested area near Woodbridge in East Anglia between two former US Air Force bases in England, which in the Early 1980's was the location of an alleged encounter with a UFO. Sceptics however have alleged that what was actually seen was the Orford Ness lighthouse some distance away!