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Alaska UFO Sightings in 1980

This page aggregates and analyzes all UFO sighting reports made in Alaska during 1980.

How many Alaska UFO sightings were there in 1980?

  • There was 1 officially reported UFO sighting in Alaska in 1980.
  • In 1980, Alaska ranked #47 on the list of states with the most UFO sightings for that year.
  • Adjusted for population size, Alaska ranks #9 in the list of states with the most reported UFO sightings in 1980, with an average of 0.25 reports per 100,000 residents.

Alaska Cities with the most UFO Sightings in 1980

Rank City Number of Reports
1 Glennallen, AK 1 UFO Reports

Alaska UFO Sightings Analysis

We analyzed all 1 UFO sighting reports in Alaska from 1980 to identify possible patterns and gain insight into the phenomenon:

Alaska UFO Sighting Reports in 1980

This is a sampling of 20 Alaska UFO reports from 1980, presented as they were submitted other than paragraph breaks added for easier readability where necessary.

You can click the 'Report' link to view the original report along with any photos that may have been submitted to the National UFO Reporting Center (NUFORC).

Glennallen, AK

Full Report Text:

Unidentified Bright Light Sitting On Road While driving from Glennallen to Anchorage in a remote wilderness area, we observed a very bright light apparently on the road from a high ridge about 2.5 miles and several hundred vertical feet above the light. As we drove down the hill we lost any view of the light.

The road at the bottom of the hill turned approximately 90 degrees to the right, and then went up perhaps 30 feet vertically and about a quarter-mile horizontally before we could see the light again. It was painfully brilliant to our dark-adapted eyes and we slowed the vehicle more and more as we drew closer because we could not see the road in front of us well enough to drive -- finally drawing to a complete stop approximately 200' from the object. Multiple flashings of the high beams to attempt to get the light reduced did not help, and we slowly creeped forward in small spurts until we were approximately 150' from the light source.

We waited perhaps 5 minutes for the light to change in some manner or another and began to get rather alarmed at the strangeness of it. I made some comments about the fact that the light was super brilliant on the trees for as far as a line of sight carried it, but that it didn't reflect off of the metal of the car very intensely, so that I surmised it had some sort of polarization to it. At that point our irritation turned quite sharply to fear when the unusual and unexplained nature of the event forcibly hit us.

We backed up slowly for about 50', approached the again light slowly, freaked out, turned the car around, and raced back around the curving road through the 90 degree left turn and up the long, tall, straight hill. It's embarrassing, but in our adrenaline-flushed brains, we had felt the car was "bumped" or "jostled" as we were approaching the light the second time, and we hit a top speed in excess of 90 mph in our subsequent flight. The car was floored all of the way up the hill and well beyond.

We travelled approximately 5 miles away from the light (and away from our intended destination) at high speed before we felt safe enough to pull over and discuss contacting the Alaska State Troopers. We shortly decided that we had been rather cowardly, and did not want to be grist for the media grill, or the subject of jokes and ribbings. Accordingly, we elected to return to the top of the large hill to observe the light from afar.

Our second trip to the top of the hill confimed that the light was still there. And we watched it for what seemed like a long time -- though it may have only been a few minutes. There was no other traffic in either direction, and the light was unwavering.

We were too spooked to investigate with another close approach to the light, and we attempted to restore our self-respect by making a quasi-scientific observation: The light was of the apparent brightness of a large stadium light pack. It had a color temperature of 8000 or higher, i.e.

, an actinic blue-white that destroyed our night-vision if we stared at it too long. It seemed to be a uniform rectangular source approximately 30' by 20' in size when we approached it closely, but appeared to be oval in shape when viewed from above and at a couple miles distance on top of the big hill. We finally decided to return to Glennallen and report our sighting to the Troopers.

or at least just go back and keep the whole thing to ourselves. We had only driven back towards Glennallen for about 2 minutes when a light source appeared to be coming from the Glennallen direction. This time however, it was a large tractor-trailer rig, a huge truck with a huge trailer that was literally barrelling down the road at 65 mph (we clocked it).

We stopped and followed the rig. We began to look forward to seeing what would happen to the scarey USO (Unidentified Sitting Object) as the comfortingly huge and purposeful symbol of human industry plowed toward it. At the top of the large hill, and cruising in the wake of the big rig, we saw the light still sitting there, less than three minutes away as the truck briefly hit seventy on the downhill stretch.

We came to the bottom of the hill, turned the 90 degree corner to our right, and coasted along in the wake of the giant truck, an irresistable force! As we came to where the light had been seen before, there was nothing! We hurriedly scanned everywhere, but stayed close to the truck. No lights, nothing! Within the next five minutes, we passed several cars going the other direction, but never saw anything that even remotely looked like the strange light. On a return trip later in the week we stopped at the place where we had had such a fright a few nights before.

I personally walked the pavement in the area, but could see nothing out of the ordinary. We never knew what to make of the strange event, but have rarely driven a remote road at night without remembering it. It has been more than twenty years as I write this report, so I apologize for any inaccuracies or forgotten details.

I have not observed any other unexplained phenominon in my life. ((FOLLOW-UP COMMUNICATION)) Hello Mr. Davenport, You may post my account as you wish.

I was quite impressed with the ufocenter site, and am sorry that I did not get a chance to record my father-in-law's experiences on that same stretch of road before he passed away. His story was much more interesting, but never recorded accurately. I am now sorry that I never interviewed him carefully on the subject.

I plan to return to the ufo center site in the future and peruse the information there in more detail when I have time to do so. Thank you for your fascinating endeavor -- and especially for your objective efforts to discriminate fact from fancy. ((END FOLLOW-UP)).

08/05/80 11:15 PM

UFO Shape: rectangle

Lasted: 25 minutes

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Alaska UFO Sightings From 1980 By Shape

This is a standardized set of shapes a UFO report can be filed under.

Shape / Appearance Sightings % Of Total
Rectangle 1 reported sightings 100.00% of all reports

Alaska UFO Sightings From 1980 By Month

This data point is an aggregation of all UFO reports by the month the sighting occured in.

Month Sightings % Of Total
August 1 reported sightings 100.00% of all reports

Alaska UFO Sightings From 1980 By Weekday

This data point is an aggregation of all UFO reports by the day of the week the sighting occured on.

Weekday Sightings % Of Total
Tuesday 1 reported sightings 100.00% of all reports

Alaska UFO Sightings From 1980 By Date (Top 5)

This data point is an aggregation of all UFO reports by the date the sighting occured on, limited to the top 5 dates with the most sightings.

Date Sightings % Of Total
08/05/80 1 reported sightings 100.00% of all reports

Alaska UFO Sightings From 1980 By Time

This data point is an aggregation of all UFO reports by the time of day the sighting occured during. We took logical 4 hour windows in order to split the day into early morning, morning, afternoon, evening, night, and late night buckets for this analysis.

Time Of Day Hours Sightings % Of Total
Night 20:00 - 23:59 1 reported sightings 100.00% of all reports

All Alaska Cities with reported UFO sightings in 1980

These are running counts of how many UFO sighting reports were filed per city in Alaska, in 1980

City Number of Reports View Reports
Glennallen 1 UFO Reports Glennallen UFO Sightings in 1980

Other Years with Reported UFO Sightings in Alaska

These are running counts of how many UFO sighting reports are filed per year in Alaska.

Year Number of Reports View Reports
2024 2 UFO Reports Alaska UFO Sightings in 2024
2023 11 UFO Reports Alaska UFO Sightings in 2023
2022 14 UFO Reports Alaska UFO Sightings in 2022
2021 5 UFO Reports Alaska UFO Sightings in 2021
2020 23 UFO Reports Alaska UFO Sightings in 2020
2019 20 UFO Reports Alaska UFO Sightings in 2019
2018 26 UFO Reports Alaska UFO Sightings in 2018
2017 21 UFO Reports Alaska UFO Sightings in 2017
2016 43 UFO Reports Alaska UFO Sightings in 2016
2015 40 UFO Reports Alaska UFO Sightings in 2015
2014 43 UFO Reports Alaska UFO Sightings in 2014
2013 53 UFO Reports Alaska UFO Sightings in 2013
2012 48 UFO Reports Alaska UFO Sightings in 2012
2011 18 UFO Reports Alaska UFO Sightings in 2011
2010 16 UFO Reports Alaska UFO Sightings in 2010
2009 17 UFO Reports Alaska UFO Sightings in 2009
2008 15 UFO Reports Alaska UFO Sightings in 2008
2007 8 UFO Reports Alaska UFO Sightings in 2007
2006 11 UFO Reports Alaska UFO Sightings in 2006
2005 20 UFO Reports Alaska UFO Sightings in 2005
2004 11 UFO Reports Alaska UFO Sightings in 2004
2003 14 UFO Reports Alaska UFO Sightings in 2003
2002 11 UFO Reports Alaska UFO Sightings in 2002
2001 18 UFO Reports Alaska UFO Sightings in 2001
2000 14 UFO Reports Alaska UFO Sightings in 2000
1999 18 UFO Reports Alaska UFO Sightings in 1999
1998 14 UFO Reports Alaska UFO Sightings in 1998
1997 5 UFO Reports Alaska UFO Sightings in 1997
1996 5 UFO Reports Alaska UFO Sightings in 1996
1995 9 UFO Reports Alaska UFO Sightings in 1995
1994 2 UFO Reports Alaska UFO Sightings in 1994
1993 1 UFO Reports Alaska UFO Sightings in 1993
1990 3 UFO Reports Alaska UFO Sightings in 1990
1989 2 UFO Reports Alaska UFO Sightings in 1989
1988 2 UFO Reports Alaska UFO Sightings in 1988
1987 3 UFO Reports Alaska UFO Sightings in 1987
1986 5 UFO Reports Alaska UFO Sightings in 1986
1985 1 UFO Reports Alaska UFO Sightings in 1985
1984 3 UFO Reports Alaska UFO Sightings in 1984
1983 1 UFO Reports Alaska UFO Sightings in 1983
1982 1 UFO Reports Alaska UFO Sightings in 1982
1981 1 UFO Reports Alaska UFO Sightings in 1981
1980 1 UFO Reports Alaska UFO Sightings in 1980
1978 3 UFO Reports Alaska UFO Sightings in 1978
1977 1 UFO Reports Alaska UFO Sightings in 1977
1976 5 UFO Reports Alaska UFO Sightings in 1976
1975 1 UFO Reports Alaska UFO Sightings in 1975
1974 2 UFO Reports Alaska UFO Sightings in 1974
1973 1 UFO Reports Alaska UFO Sightings in 1973
1972 1 UFO Reports Alaska UFO Sightings in 1972
1969 4 UFO Reports Alaska UFO Sightings in 1969