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What to do if You Have Seen a UFO

By: Paul Geraghty - Updated: 10 Aug 2017 | comments*Discuss
 
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If you think you have seen a UFO the first thing to do is to think long and hard about it. Are you sure it was something out of the ordinary? On investigation, the vast majority of reported UFO sightings turn out to be something else – something much simpler. Think of all the mundane explanations there might possibly be for what you saw: birds, conventional aircraft, meteors, balloons, astronomical bodies.

If, after careful assessment, you are absolutely certain that you witnessed something beyond the realm of the ordinary, you should make a written record of it while the events are still fresh in your mind. Get anyone else who witnessed it with you to do the same. If some of the witnesses are strangers, try and get their names and telephone numbers in case you need to confer with them in future. It’s best if written records from multiple witnesses are prepared separately. When the details tally, it bolsters the credibility of the claim.

Your written record should include the time and place, a detailed visual description of what you saw; a note of any military bases or airports nearby; and some words about the weather. You may also find it helpful to prepare a sketch or two.

Reporting a Sighting

Once you have made your written record, you should think about how and if you want to take it further. Do you want to go public with the claim that you have seen an alien spacecraft? Polls show that around one quarter of Britons believe in UFOs but there is still some degree of stigma attached to it. You may find yourself the object of ridicule in your local community. This may be something you can shrug your shoulders at but, particularly if you are a professional person who depends on your ability to be taken seriously, you may find it has real effects on your life and career.

If, after pondering this, you decide that you want to go public with what you have seen, you should probably contact the local police as a first step. The police will no doubt have a good smirk at you for reporting a UFO, and may be limited in their capacity or willingness to investigate it, but contacting them will at least leave some kind of official record.

If others in the area have seen the same thing, and reported it too, it will create an impressive weight of testimony in favour of something real having occurred. And not all policemen are close-minded. If, for example, the object is still visible and the police can witness it for themselves, their credibility as officers of the law will help bolster the case for further investigation. There is in fact a website dedicated to UFO sightings made by British police officers. You can visit it at The PRUFOS (Police Reporting UFO Sightings) Database.

As a next step, you may want to contact dedicated UFO research organisations who will have expertise in this area. They will have the experience to elicit the most useful description of what you saw, perhaps offering you guidance if there is a simple explanation, and will have the resources to undertake further investigation if they think it is warranted. Most UFO organisations will be able to guarantee anonymity to you, so this may well be the best option if you decide not to go public with your claim, but would still like to see it followed up in some way.

There are many local UFO societies around the UK. You may feel more comfortable speaking with people from your own area. Most now have websites. With a simple web search, you should be able to find the closest one to you.

There are also associations which cover the whole of the UK. One example is the British UFO Research Association (BUFORA). On their website you will find a form which you can download and use to report a sighting. Another option is the Anomalous Phenomena Research Agency.

As well as the police and dedicated UFO interest organisations, local newspapers and television stations may well be interested in hearing from you. Be aware that they often treat the subject humorously, however, and you may have to face some mockery.

Conclusion

If you do believe you have seen a UFO, there are many associations out there who would be interested in hearing your story. UFO research organisations will be able to guarantee confidentiality to you if that is important to you; if not, local media organisations may well be interested too!

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Catrina - 2-Jan-17 @ 5:26 PM
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MIM - 6-Dec-16 @ 6:42 PM
I had a experience that I need to talk about over the phone or in person. this phenomena I know it's real.please get back with me I can explain it in detail.I hope to hear from you soon.
David Bonilla Sr. - 25-Nov-16 @ 5:11 AM
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Juicey - 17-Nov-16 @ 6:59 PM
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Dillon - 30-Sep-16 @ 6:36 AM
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UK - 6-Sep-16 @ 1:08 PM
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mizsplat - 6-Sep-16 @ 5:59 AM
I was standing on my back deck, looking at stars. 3 lights in a triangular shape caught my eye. It was slowly moving to the left. At this point a friend who was with me saw it as well. I thought it may have been a plane. Then it stopped and hung in mid air. A second later it began to slowly move upward in a rapid zigzag pattern. It stopped again, before shooting off towards the right. It was then that both me and my friend lost sight of it. Each light was about a thumb length apart. Earlier in the month a saw a similar ufo, also while stargazing. This one appeared much larger, about twice as large. It was to the west however, and was only visible for two seconds. No one else with me saw the first one, and I dismissed until a month later when me and a friend saw this newer one. It in itself did nothing to me psychologically, however the experience had a profound impact on me, and ever since I have seen life differently in some ways. You always see something, and wonder, is it something out of the ordinary? And you try and hope it is, hoping that there really are out of the ordinary things out there. But until you see something that really has no explanation, you don't know what it is truly like.
Ike - 28-Aug-16 @ 2:25 AM
I'm a little shaky after seeing a bright white object moving slowly before teleporting twice in front of it self and then moving forwards at speeds I can't even describe I hope there is some other explanation for this but I also don't see that many clouds, I saw this at 1:49
Cam - 16-Aug-16 @ 1:54 AM
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kevin123 - 15-Aug-16 @ 1:46 PM
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Tex - 19-Jul-16 @ 5:16 AM
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shelly - 2-Jul-16 @ 3:20 AM
I seen one not even 60feet above my head and the gave thing I say nothing cause no one beleaves
Babyg - 6-Jun-16 @ 5:36 AM
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Jen - 28-May-16 @ 12:09 AM
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Charlie - 15-May-16 @ 11:53 PM
Tuesday, April 25, 2016 at approximately 10:00pm I was walking home from a friend's house it was night time but it wasn't extremely dark out. I seen what I thought was a plane far ahead in the night sky. It had 3 bright lights all of them were a clear white colour. It was moving very quickly through the sky and I realized it was getting very close to the buildings. I thought to myself that this "plane" was flying pretty low near the buildings. It was moving very fast as well. And as it got closer, I got a VERY clear picture of it. Now I do believe in other life forms outside of Earth but I don't think there's such a thing as a spaceship. This "plane" had a square shape with 3 lights and I honestly never seen anything like this in my life. It was moving SO FAST. Of course I took my phone out and started recording very steadily so I have a pretty clear video of this thing. I wasn't scared at all. I recorded until it fully vanished in the sky. Wait till you see howIt this thing flew away. I don't even think any flying object can move like that. I'm actually 100% sure it's not any form of a plane. I turned to the internet before I told anyone about this. I've had a couple people say it's a military jet or like a stealth bomber or something. Why the heck would a air war machine be flying around in the city at night though? Especially so low to the buildings. To me this thing is a UFO and I have a solid video showing it. I really hope this thing is a spaceship cause I really want to believe that spaceships are real. What was this thing? And how can a "plane" change directions upward so quickly?
Zeme - 26-Apr-16 @ 9:47 AM
Tuesday, April 25, 2016 at approximately 10:00pm I was walking home from a friend's house it was night time but it wasn't extremely dark out. I seen what I thought was a plane far ahead in the night sky. It had 3 bright lights all of them were a clear white colour. It was moving very quickly through the sky and I realized it was getting very close to the buildings. I thought to myself that this "plane" was flying pretty low near the buildings. It was moving very fast as well. And as it got closer, I got a VERY clear picture of it. Now I do believe in other life forms outside of Earth but I don't think there's such a thing as a spaceship. This "plane" had a square shape with 3 lights and I honestly never seen anything like this in my life. It was moving SO FAST. Of course I took my phone out and started recording very steadily so I have a pretty clear video of this thing. I wasn't scared at all. I recorded until it fully vanished in the sky. Wait till you see howIt this thing flew away. I don't even think any flying object can move like that. I'm actually 100% sure it's not any form of a plane. I turned to the internet before I told anyone about this. I've had a couple people say it's a military jet or like a stealth bomber or something. Why the heck would a air war machine be flying around in the city at night though? Especially so low to the buildings. To me this thing is a UFO and I have a solid video showing it. I really hope this thing is a spaceship cause I really want to believe that spaceships are real. What was this thing? And how can a "plane" change directions upward so quickly?
Zeme - 26-Apr-16 @ 9:44 AM
I have witnessed UFOs year 2010 time 3 30am outside my bedroom window .First a triangle shape that seemed to be searching for what came next from behind dark night clouds a large circular shape airship it covered my dog and myself in a silver glow and within a few moments it just shot up and awayI never saw the triangular one again..All this was reported to M D O. The Sun newspaper and tried to speak to Nick Pope but had to leave message.Never had a reply.This was seen by any others and had done damage to a wind turbine in a local field .This was reported in newspaper. I am not a kid looking for recognition I saw this and the story has lots more to tell but the rest is private to me my family right now.I f any person recalls this please let me know,especially the taxi driver driving down Holderness Road Hull Keep looking they are out there.
Val - 21-Apr-16 @ 10:47 PM
Walking to work in Lincoln, U.K. 07:15 This morning. Weather quite clear enough to see some of the brighter stars. Noticed a bright object at some altitude travelling quickly - headed roughly North. potentially thought it was ISS until it made some manoeuvres to change heading (relatively to its speed) quickly several times. Interested to know what it might be. Something of ours, or maybe some thing else.
Guardian - 8-Jan-16 @ 7:40 AM
What do I do now. Just stood in the garden having a smoke, Lookin at alight in the distance thinking I've never seen that before. So I was smoking away and then with in a flash a light light a festival spot light but with now trace behind it not bright as such about a mile maybe half a mile give or take flew over my house doing mac 10 20 50 warp speed behind the clouds not shaw weather it left like a wight sort of line behind it because it was going so fast in the clouds. My god south facing isle of wight ryde better worth rd ryde flying towards sandown shocked not to shore whether or no I heard a low rumble sound like a jet but more concentrated on 1 level like a rip through the air stealthy.it was so fast i never seen a shape just a hollow dull spot light moving like 1 sort of but not 2:30 in the morning no spot lights round here as for the noise may not have heard it so as to rule out a plane jet helicopter as to it may have been my imagination but their may have been 1 if that helps. I've been to airshows Farmborough Southport I no what air craft sound like this was no jet noise more like fire jet burning bubbling. Any body seen this object ? FK me I'm going for another smoke feel like call in the police telling them get something out my system
shawre - 8-Jan-16 @ 3:04 AM
My god just seen a ufo. sat on the chair now shocked.
shawre - 8-Jan-16 @ 2:41 AM
@eat12pringles - it could be a laser beam?
Ellie - 5-Nov-15 @ 2:03 PM
my friend and I were at the park. we were talking and doing some parkour. we saw a flashing light and then it disappeared. So we came back the next day to see it again. it wasn't there but we saw another flash of light in a different direction. Today is November 4 2015. Approximately 3:30 we saw the second flash. we were going to take some picture but our phones couldn't find the thing. we tried and tried but nothing. we saw it with our eyes but nothing showed up on our phones. some people at our school think we are seeing things or are making stuff up. but does a plane fly back words. or does a helicopter disappear? or does a drone teleport back and/or around the sky? someone please tell me...
eat12pringles - 4-Nov-15 @ 9:33 PM
i seen what i still think was a ufo about 60 years ago,,i was driving horses on a sleigh , i heard a sh sound i looked behind me and this thing came flying over me ; very low and very slow it had no outside lights i could see inside lights through the windows,there was no motor sounds wishsh sound could some one get back to me then we could talk more about it i would like to know what it was,,,,,ph 3068735158peter janzen
non - 13-Oct-15 @ 7:37 PM
Im not sure that I saw a UFO... But I did take pictures of a star one week... And the next week I took a picture of the same star... Except... Stars don't have red flashing lights... I have several different photos..All took different forms... Although I was looking at it .. It was just sitting still... But my camera shows it moving... I had my sister to come look at it with me one time... Then the second one... I had my friend to come look at it with me another time... But overall... I took pictures... Either we're being watched studied or its awefully time for God to end the world... I'm taking pictures...lol
Fayeking - 7-Oct-15 @ 11:09 PM
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