HIKO, NEVADA - SEPTEMBER 20: People gather at a UFO-themed mural before the start of a 'Storm Area 51' spinoff event called 'Area 51 Basecamp' on September 20, 2019 in Hiko, Nevada. The event is a spinoff from the original 'Storm Area 51' Facebook event which jokingly encouraged participants to rush the famously secretive Area 51 military base in order to 'see them aliens'. Two tiny desert towns not far from from the once-secret Area 51 are hosting related events this weekend. The military has warned attendees not to approach the protected Area 51 military installation.

Dictionary.com defines the term UFO as “unidentified flying object: any unexplained moving object observed in the sky, especially one assumed by some observers to be of extraterrestrial origin”. So while we typically think of UFOs as aliens they can be anything unexplained in the sky. Many people every year claim to see UFOs and many believe they are in fact seeing something extraterrestrial. These sightings take place across the country so of course, there have been some UFO sightings in North Carolina. In fact yesterday we told you about one in Charlotte that happened this week. 

Many people take to social media to share their sightings but I recently learned there is actually a reporting index for UFO sightings. It’s called the National UFO Reporting Center. And in 47 years they have received over 150,000 reports of sightings. You can view photos and videos people submit, or view sightings by date, shape, or location.

The NUFORC self describes in the following way:

The National UFO Reporting Center was founded in 1974 by noted UFO investigator Robert J. Gribble. The Center’s primary function over the past four decades has been to receive, record, and to the greatest degree possible, corroborate and document reports from individuals who have been witness to unusual, possibly UFO-related events.  Throughout its history, the Center has processed over 150,000 reports, and has distributed its information to thousands of individuals.

The principal means used by the Center to receive sighting reports is this website, which has operated continuously since 1994.   Prior to that period, the telephone hotline and the U.S. mail were the primary means of taking reports.

The other unique thing is that all data is made available to the public unlike with the Federal Government. Out of curiosity, I pulled the report for UFO sightings in North Carolina, and while it wasn’t been updated since the end of April there are still 29 reported sightings in 2022. Keep reading to see each sighting as well as the date, location, length, and description. It’s interesting to read. Especially interesting on a couple of instances where there are multiple sightings in nearby areas on the same day.

  • January 1, 2022 Manteo, NC

    Duration: 10–15 min.

    Shape: Sphere

    Description: Series of 4 red-orange spheres moving SW–NE

  • January 2, 2022 Surf City, NC

    Duration: 2 minutes

    Shape: Star

    Description: Large glowing yellow round star shape floating and moving above the beach and shore.

  • January 3, 2022 Asheville

    Duration: 10 minutues

    Shape: Unknown

    Description: Saw a bright blue light three times, each one getting closer and brighter, and heard “wom wom” when the light flashed.

  • January 4, 2022 Kitty Hawk, NC

    Duration: 1 minute

    Shape: Oval

    Description: I actually took a photo of the crescent moon and didn’t notice the ufo until later

  • January 10, 2022 Edenton, NC

    Duration: 8-10 minutes

    Shape: Cigar

    Description: Two cigar shaped objects, no wings, lights, contrails or sound

  • January 15, 2022 Raleigh, NC

    Duration: 25 seconds +

    Shape: Circle

    Description: This was caught on my RING camera but I can only seem to get 2 seconds of about 25++ seconds downloaded

  • January 16, 2022 Wilmington, NC

    Duration: 2 minutes

    Shape: Light

    Description: Orb ball of light night sky stationary then started moving low altitude

  • January 19, 2022 Navassa, NC

    Duration: 1-2 minutes

    Shape: other

    Description: I witnessed a craft in extremely close proximity.

  • January 23, 2022 Charlotte, NC

    Duration: A few minutes

    Shape: Disk

    Description: Saw a floating disk with a light and aura out of my plane window. ((NUFORC Note: Possibly a reflection of reading lights? )

  • January 28, 2022 Surga Grove, NC

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Shape: Circle

    Description: It was round but had little windows on the sides then later we had an orb about 30 foot off ground

  • January 31, 2022 North Topsail Beach, NC

    Duration: Sphere

    Shape: 10-15 minutes

    Description: 2 white orb/spheres in the sky with white cloud mist

  • January 31, 2022 Swansboro, NC

    Duration: Unknown

    Shape: Unknown

    Description: Objects coming out of a luminous cloud

  • January 31, 2022 Marshall, NC

    Duration: 2.5 Minutes

    Shape: light

    Description: Looked like an out-of-focus moon moving slowly from northeast to west.

  • February 6, 2022 Candor, NC

    Duration: 30min

    Shape: Star

    Description: Could reapper in a diff spot or move slow

  • February 9, 2022 Shelby, NC

    Duration: about an hour

    Shape: light

    Description: I worked 3rd shift when I came home it was there

  • February 12, 2022 Elizabethtown, NC

    Duration: 15-20 Seconds

    Shape: unknown

    Description: Chemtrails without aircraft leading it

  • February 19, 2022 Kings Mountain, NC

    Duration: Several hours

    Shape: light

    Description: Bright dodging light

  • February 28, 2022 Burgaw, NC

    Duration: 10 seconds

    Shape: Triangle

    Description: The craft was extremely shiny and looked as to be a triangle.

  • March 9, 2022 Johnsonville, NC

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Shape: Sphere

    Description: Bright Orange light over Johnsonville/Cameron area.

  • March 17, 2022 Winston-Salem, NC

    Duration: 4 minutes

    Shape: Diamond

    Description: There was a large plane flying over maybe a 747. Tt wasn’t very high maybe taking off. There was an object above it.

  • March 22, 2022 Asheville, NC

    Duration: 1 minute

    Shape: Triangle

    Description: Low flying triangle craft with red, white, and blue flashing light on corners.

  • March 24, 2022 Green Mountain, NC

    Duration: 60 seconds

    Shape: Light

    Description: Bright light woke me up at 5:54am.

  • March 24, 2022 Franklin, NC

    Duration: Triangle

    Shape: Approximately 8 seconds

    Description: Saw a white triangle flying through blue sky and clouds making no sound.

  • March 25, 2022 Gastonia, NC

    Duration: Everyday

    Shape: Light

    Description: A bright moving light in the sky-light has blue and pink hue. Moves fast in the video

  • March 26, 2022 Roxboro, NC

    Duration: 1-2 minutes

    Shape: sphere

    Description: I thought it was Jupiter but it was so bright and low in the horizon. Then it started to move, slowly but clearly moving towards me

  • March 31, 2022 Hickory, NC

    Duration: 2 minutes

    Shape: light

    Description: Light saw making a circular rotation repeatedly. You could see half of the circle being made then the other half would disappear.

  • April 2, 2022 Sherrills Ford, NC

    Duration: circle

    Shape: 45 minutes +

    Description: 3 then 4 stars in a configuration hovering above trees

  • April 3, 2022 Garner, NC

    Duration: Unknown

    Shape: Triangle

    Description: My wife and I were on our porch looking at stars. Saw craft heading northward. no sound. 3 lights, non blinking. Faded away quickly.

  • April 10, 2022 Flat Rock, NC

    Duration: 1-2 minutes

    Shape: unknown

    Description: Large, silent object


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