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Alaska UFO Sightings in 1997

This page aggregates and analyzes all UFO sighting reports made in Alaska during 1997.

How many Alaska UFO sightings were there in 1997?

  • There were 5 officially reported UFO sightings in Alaska in 1997.
  • In 1997, Alaska ranked #45 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 1997, with an average of 0.91 reports per 100,000 residents.

Alaska Cities with the most UFO Sightings in 1997

Rank City Number of Reports
1 Juneau, AK 1 UFO Reports
2 Kenai, AK 1 UFO Reports
3 Wasilla, AK 1 UFO Reports
4 North Pole, AK 1 UFO Reports
5 Anchorage, AK 1 UFO Reports

Alaska UFO Sightings Analysis

We analyzed all 5 UFO sighting reports in Alaska from 1997 to identify possible patterns and gain insight into the phenomenon:

Alaska UFO Sighting Reports in 1997

This is a sampling of 20 Alaska UFO reports from 1997, 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).

Wasilla, AK

Full Report Text:

A huge trianglar object moving in a true north direction. Using the outhouse, very clear night, cold -20 or less outside, stars out, craft covered up star systems, slow moving, in the area of Huge triangle "black" no stars in the area of the triangle, silent and slow, moving due north, true north.

11/17/97 3:00 AM

UFO Shape: triangle

Lasted: 3 minutes

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Kenai, AK

Full Report Text:

BACK in 1997 I seen a Cigar shaped UFO. I was driving on a highway late one night, I picked up a hitchhiker and taking him home, about 15 min into the drive he was talking about UFO'S and all of a sudden he looked up out the front window andsaid whats that, I looked up and saw this huge cigar shaped thing,it had green.red,and white lights on both ends and shaped like a cigar, I was going about 60 and it was doingthe same speed.

It made no nosie,stubid me I just looked up for a sec or two and kept on driving,I don't know how long it fallowed usmwe were the only ones on the highway. That was back in 1997,I still remmeber it clearly, I don't know mabe there was missing time, it just seemd that I was driving for a while which I was only driving a short way to this guys house. I'll never know,but I do believe in UFO'S Last year also I have seen a triagle one, I looked up and it was about 500 feet gliding and it had a white light on the botton going on and off, Right next to me was a farm with horses,cows, I don't know if that had any thing to do with the UFO being so close to the ground.

((NUFORC Note: Witness indicates that date of incident is approximate. PD)).

08/08/97 11:00 PM

UFO Shape: cigar

Lasted: 10 minutis

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Anchorage, AK

Full Report Text:

Walking dog in the day and saw a silent and still chrome cylindrical object in the sky. It's taken me a while to work up the will to let this out I never even told my family or friends. Anyways I was walking my dog in my neighborhood when i was about 13 and glanced up in the sky.

What I saw about 500 yards (guessing) away was a vertical chrome cylinder shaped craft of some kind with rounded ends just perfectly still and silent in the air. Nothing human made can do this. It was a clear sunny day I just turned my eyes back to where I was going and kept walking and ignored it but after about 5 seconds then it made me curios and I looked again and it was still there I stopped walking and watched it for about 15 minutes.

It never moved just hung in the sky motionless the entire time. Then a truck came up the road and I was forced to move when I looked back up about 30 seconds later after the truck passed it was gone. I absolutely could not find it in the sky and looked for about 5 minutes then walked home.

I then went on my deck of my house and looked for it for about a half an hour and could not find it. I have always wondered what it was and never talked to anyone about it. People just call you crazy for this stuff.

But I know what I saw and it still is in my mind today. Figured you may be able to use this info. ((NUFORC Note: Witness indicates that the date of the sighting is approximate.

PD)).

06/30/97 12:00 PM

UFO Shape: cylinder

Lasted: 15 minutes

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North Pole, AK

Full Report Text:

Strange noisy craft in North Pole I was in my parent's living room getting ready to watch a movie. I went to shut to curtains (the view looks out at the trees that partially block the main street) when I heard a strange sound. It almost sounded like a fire engine or a police siren, but the sound seemed all wrong.

It was like there was extra noise and a few different pitches. So I looked to see what it was. The noise got louder and finally there was a thing speeding down the road, only it wasn't touching the ground.

The trees between the house and the road were birch and spruce, so I could kind of see what the thing was. It was very large, very tall - my guess is between 40'-50' in height. It had white/yellow and red lights.

It was moving extremely fast.close to 80 or 90 mph. The road that my parents live off of, Peede Rd, is a mile long.

Vincent Ct, the road my parents live on, is very close to the end of Peede Rd. You can't take the corner too fast because it's sharp. I timed the time that it takes for me to run out to Peede.

It took 27 seconds. After seeing this thing zoom by, I ran out to Peede Rd. I figured that it was a fire truck since it had been so large, but when I got out to the road I saw nothing.

There were no vehicles on the road, no people, nothing. ((NUFORC Note: Witness indicates that date of sighting is approximate. PD)).

05/20/97 3:00 PM

UFO Shape: unknown

Lasted: 10 seconds

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Juneau, AK

Full Report Text:

Summary : A friend and I saw a strange low altitude bright object flashing orange and green rotating colors on Easter night in Juneau,Alaska. When seen through my telescope (wewere looking at the comet and the planets),it had this strange light and dark light,pattern or field around and above it, likelight defraction patterns. No other starswere as low or had that effect.

I could notsee colors with telescope. Only by naked eyeobservations. I was visting a friend and she and I werelooking at the comet on Easter night andshe said hey, look at that satellite! I wasfacing north and I focused my Meade telescopeon it.

It was flashing orange and green in arotating fashion.I then looked at itthrough my scope and to my surprise I couldntdetect the colors!Instead it had this really weird lightfield.of dark and bright lines above andaround it.

like a light defraction pattern.The object was really bright white with thosestrange lines going around it in a strangestriped pattern. The colors could not bedetected with the scope! I then thought itwas my lens so I focused on a bright star andthe patterns were not present on anything else!When I looked again with just my eyes I sawthe flashing rotating orange and green lightsbut when I used the scope, all I saw was thestrange dark and light patterns.

It was lowin the sky, and stationary. I was facingnorth and it was to my right. I looked at itoff and on for about 2 hrs.

while checkingout the comet and mars.I went home, I live a block away, and when Igot to my house and looked up again to find it,it was not there--to my right! I was stillfacing north. I looked to my left and thereit was! It was so close(low)that a one blockdrive was enough to move it over.

So it meansit was positioned in between my friends houseand mine! I dont think high altitudegeosynchronistic satellites would be lowenough to cause that much of a difference ifI moved only a block away! Plus later, after2 days of clouds, it was no where to be seen!Ive never seen anything out of the ordinarybefore. I know what venus and mars and theother planets look like through my scope, soI'm sure it wasnt a planet!My friend saw the colored lights, cause shepointed it out to me, but she went intoher house while I stayed outside and lookedat the sky and the "object". It was too coldfor her! I didnt really think too much aboutthe strange erie lights until I got home andrealized that the object was WAY TOO LOW,cause it moved to my left, to be a satellitelike my friend first thought it was.

03/31/97 9:00 PM

UFO Shape: light

Lasted: approx 2hrs

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Alaska UFO Sightings From 1997 By Shape

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

Shape / Appearance Sightings % Of Total
Light 1 reported sightings 20.00% of all reports
Cigar 1 reported sightings 20.00% of all reports
Triangle 1 reported sightings 20.00% of all reports
Unknown 1 reported sightings 20.00% of all reports
Cylinder 1 reported sightings 20.00% of all reports

Alaska UFO Sightings From 1997 By Month

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

Month Sightings % Of Total
May 1 reported sightings 20.00% of all reports
March 1 reported sightings 20.00% of all reports
June 1 reported sightings 20.00% of all reports
August 1 reported sightings 20.00% of all reports
November 1 reported sightings 20.00% of all reports

Alaska UFO Sightings From 1997 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
Monday 3 reported sightings 60.00% of all reports
Friday 1 reported sightings 20.00% of all reports
Tuesday 1 reported sightings 20.00% of all reports

Alaska UFO Sightings From 1997 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
03/31/97 1 reported sightings 20.00% of all reports
08/08/97 1 reported sightings 20.00% of all reports
11/17/97 1 reported sightings 20.00% of all reports
05/20/97 1 reported sightings 20.00% of all reports
06/30/97 1 reported sightings 20.00% of all reports

Alaska UFO Sightings From 1997 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 2 reported sightings 40.00% of all reports
Afternoon 12:00 - 15:59 2 reported sightings 40.00% of all reports
Late night 00:00 - 03:59 1 reported sightings 20.00% of all reports

All Alaska Cities with reported UFO sightings in 1997

These are running counts of how many UFO sighting reports were filed per city in Alaska, in 1997

City Number of Reports View Reports
Juneau 1 UFO Reports Juneau UFO Sightings in 1997
Kenai 1 UFO Reports Kenai UFO Sightings in 1997
Wasilla 1 UFO Reports Wasilla UFO Sightings in 1997
North Pole 1 UFO Reports North Pole UFO Sightings in 1997
Anchorage 1 UFO Reports Anchorage UFO Sightings in 1997

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