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Maryland UFO Sightings in 1973

This page aggregates and analyzes all UFO sighting reports made in Maryland during 1973.

How many Maryland UFO sightings were there in 1973?

  • There were 9 officially reported UFO sightings in Maryland in 1973.
  • In 1973, Maryland ranked #11 on the list of states with the most UFO sightings for that year.
  • Adjusted for population size, Maryland ranks #13 in the list of states with the most reported UFO sightings in 1973, with an average of 0.23 reports per 100,000 residents.

Maryland Cities with the most UFO Sightings in 1973

Rank City Number of Reports
1 Baltimore, MD 4 UFO Reports
2 Gaithersburg, MD 2 UFO Reports
3 Rockville, MD 1 UFO Reports
4 Takoma Park, MD 1 UFO Reports
5 Federalsburg, MD 1 UFO Reports

Maryland UFO Sightings Analysis

We analyzed all 9 UFO sighting reports in Maryland from 1973 to identify possible patterns and gain insight into the phenomenon:

Maryland UFO Sighting Reports in 1973

This is a sampling of 20 Maryland UFO reports from 1973, 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).

Baltimore, MD

Full Report Text:

Confirm sisters report I am one of the brothers that my sister described in her report as being witness of Jupiter 2 looking ufo. I was discussing this siting this evening with another brother who saw it and happened to come across my sisters report when looking for old ufo articles in baltimore. Just wanted to confirm that as my sister described is exactly what i and brother recall and he believes he can narrow down the year after checking with parents.

I feel it is very similar to what other baltimore report saw. I believe our parents called police and would have been one of those 200 calls that evening. That night was clear and the saucer low and moved soundlessly and slowly.

You could make out the outter diameter outline as perfectly circular. Not blimp shaped. It had smaller diameter of a dozen or so lights on underside.

I remember thinking at the time how ironic that a ufo would look exactly like the underside of jupiter two of lost in space but i suppose the tv model is modelled after actual sitings. This was early 70's suburban area. No hot air balloon and no testing site for aircraft.

Never saw anything like it since even on tv shows showing debunked cases. ((NUFORC Note: Witness indicates that the date of the sighting is approximate. PD)).

10/21/73 6:30 PM

UFO Shape: disk

Lasted: 5 minutes

Report

Baltimore, MD

Full Report Text:

"Jupiter Two"-like spacecraft, flew noiselessly, slowly just over the field in our backyard. My mother, my three oldest brothers, and I walked out of our house in the evening to drive to church to attend a Coffeehouse function (that’s what they were called). It was evening and dark but not too late – I would venture to guess it was bet.

6:30 and 7:30pm. We saw something that astonished us in the night sky. Looking NW we saw a huge vessel that was not very high in the sky, over the field in the back of our house.

We lived on a court and there was a 3 or 4 acre field behind our house. The UFO was about 500 feet up, moving very slowly toward the SE, noiselessly. I have a very good picture in my mind of it – it largely resembled the typical UFO spacecraft, just like the “Jupiter Two” from the “Lost in Space” series.

On the bottom of the craft were large, lit panels. We all remarked upon this – how amazing it was to see. We knew instantly that what we were seeing was otherworldly.

It was so close, so large, and moving without sound. After it departed, at a constant but slow speed, I don’t know why we didn’t just all go back inside and call the police. I do remember that we went inside to tell my father what we had seen (he was home babysitting my little brother), but we then just proceeded to go on to church.

We all compared notes in the car ride to church, “Yep, it looked just like the Jupiter Two” we agreed. At church we asked folks if they had seen it – only one or two people said they had heard there was some kind of large weather balloon in the area that was being tested. This was no weather balloon.

It was directly over the field in our backyard. I know what I saw. I’d love to see it again sometime.

Hopefully I’ll have the presence of mind to videotape next time! (I do not know the exact date of this event. I thought the year had to be ’73 or ’74. I just chose this date because I saw some other Baltimore entries.

Specifically we lived in the suburb of Pikesville, MD.) ((NUFORC Note: Witness indicates that the date of the sighting is approximate. PD)).

10/21/73 6:30 PM

UFO Shape: disk

Lasted: 8 minutes

Report

Baltimore, MD

Full Report Text:

Oct 1973 Baltimore, Md Discw/dome/portholewindows/interiorLight. Noiseless, hovering, close by, huge Three of us in my car, while coming from work saw a bright white light shile turning onto Moravia Rd. heading towards Belair Rd.

At the crest of the hill where the cemetary begins we stopped the car, and two of us got out to look at a disc shaped with a dome (typical UFO) object hovering noiselessly over the cemetary. The object had several porthole windows and the inside had a yellowish light which was spinning from left to right. I bit my lip to focus on that specifically.

The object was about 300 ft. in the air and about 500 ft. away from us and dead silent.

Cars were whizzing by but they couldn't see is because is was dusk and looking ESEast made it hard to detect anything.We watched for 5 or 6 minutes and then it started to move towards the bay and outer harbor area, made a loop in the distance and disappeared. ((NUFORC Note: We spoke with this witness and found him to be quite credible.

He reports that he telephoned the Baltimore Police shortly after the sighting, and the female officer he spoke with reported that their department has received approximately 200 calls about the incident. The wife of the witness also saw the object, and may submit a second report. Also, the third witness, who now lives in California, may submit a report, as well.

PD)).

10/21/73 5:30 PM

UFO Shape: disk

Lasted: 15 minutes

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Federalsburg, MD

Full Report Text:

Saucer spotted in Federalsburg MD I never taken the time to report this sightings until now. It was October 21, 1973 at 2:30 in the afternoon. I was 14 than and working on by bike behind the house when I heard a whinning high pitch sound that caught my attention.

Leaving on a few miles from the local grocery store and the fan fan on top of their roof occasaionally make this sound also. Realizing that it wasn't coming from the direction of the grocery store I walked out from behind the house and looked skyward. There it was hoovering in the sky in a Northwest direction.

It was about 3 miles away. After spotting this object I ran in the house going through the kitchen yelling flying saucer. I noticed the time on the clock that was hanging on hte wall above the kitchen sink.

I ran arounf the dinning room table to my mother's china closet and I grabed my mother's bincoluar's and ran back outside to get a better view. With the bincoular's up to my eyes I could see that it was saucer shape with a dome on top and a dome underneath slightly smaller than what was on top. I could also see port holes going around the saucer just below the top dome.

It was silver metalliac in color and hoovering in the sky. At that moment I could feel the air stand up on my body. I think because I got such a good view of this object and knowing it wasn't of this earth.

As I stood there watching this saucer it started moving away from me heading North West.

10/21/73 2:30 PM

UFO Shape: disk

Lasted: 5 mins.

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Baltimore, MD

Full Report Text:

Back when i was 11 or 12 early 70's I was laying in my bed and the brightest light came in my window, then somehow i ended up in my backyard and seen this huge craft overtop our house and the neighbors house who lived at the end of a row. This craft was right near the roof, not even four feet above it. This craft was bigger around than the houses and the bottom was lit up, either one big light or a whole lot of lights to light the whole bottom up.

then i remember running down my yard and following about 5 or 6 of them to this field we called Sandy Hill. We had a very long skinny backyard and at the bottom we could access this trail that went through the woods and at one end it ended up at the stores at the top of Freeway Rd. and at the other end of the trail was this huge giant sand field we called Sandy Hill.

These objects were headed toward sandy hill. After this experience i remember my mother saying that she was awake and floating overtop her bed, my dad said it was probably some type of spiritual dream, but she insisted it was not a dream and she was definitely awake. I remember my brother coming into my room, terrified cause he had all these little men all around his bed.

I remember our television could not get a picture at all and my dad and his friend got on the roof to check our antennea and it had been completely broken off by something and could not be used anymore so they took it down and it layed in our backyard for quite some time and we use the rabbit ears antennea that you use to put ontop of the television. I remember when i would get near the t.v.

or touch it the picture would completely get static and you could not see the picture, i would play around and touch the t.v. quite a bit and my parents would make comments.

I remember for some reason that i started waking up with these splitting headaches that would make me throwup every morning for quite a while. I regretted waking up in the morning cause i didn't want the headache. I remember something happened to my right shin bone.

What? I just remember i use to roll my sock down and roll my pant leg up so nothing would touch this spot on my leg. This spot was extremely sore, like down to the bone, but no bruise or mark at all. I remember for some reason this huge thing was really scary and this little thing was scary too but not as scary as the big one.

I remember laying on my right side, and remember a needle thing or something. To this day i still don't know what the big and little things were. In the early 90's i called my brother and asked him if he remembered the little men and he didn't but he does believe in ufo's and has seen them throughout his life.

I remember a dream i had in the 90's that had to do with my leg. I was laying on an operating table, lifted my head up and seen my leg open in the exact spot where it was sore when i was a kid, and i seen these so called doctors or something around me, mainly seeing eyes around me. I remember thinking i should get my leg checked.

Never did. I have many, many dreams of ufo's and have seen objects while definitely awake. I find this subject the most fascinating of all time.

Also in the early 90's i began investigating my dreams and memories and went to the local library here in cumberland, i asked if they could find out if there were any ufo sighting in balto. in the early to mid 70's and i ended up getting articles from The Baltimore Sun and The News American dated October 18,1973 about ufo sightings in baltimore and surrounding counties. This confirmed my ufo sighting for me.

((NUFORC Note: Witness indicates that the date of the sighting event is approximate. PD)).

10/18/73 12:00 AM

UFO Shape: disk

Lasted:

Report

Takoma Park, MD

Full Report Text:

Three white crafts sped off one after another in different directions faster than any jet plane i have ever seen The following is another incredible U.F.O.

sighting I experienced in 1973 about august at 10:00 pm on a clear night. My brother was outside in the front yard looking straight up when he called for me to come outside. He pointed out three white points of light that did look like stars but slightly larger and they were in a triangle formation close together that appeared to be in a higher orbit than a regular 747 passenger jet.

We continued to observe those three points of lights for about five minutes when suddenly, one of those crafts sped off with a streak behind it and disappeared in a second leaving the other two behind. Then two seconds later the second craft sped off in the same manner as the first into a completely different direction leaving the last one behind. And two seconds later the last craft sped off in the same manner as the first two crafts into a completely different direction, and no sound whatsoever could be heard.

((NUFORC Note: Source of report indicates that the date of the incident is approximate. PD)).

08/15/73 10:00 PM

UFO Shape: sphere

Lasted: 5 minutes

Report

Gaithersburg, MD

Full Report Text:

Black round obj with seq flashing green lights, 6-8 in wide viewed at arm's length, and seen in daylight -- and no wings! I know this is an old sighting, but I've never reported it before and have to get it off my chest! . I was driving south on Rt. 70S (now Rt.

270) and had just gone under the Shady Grove Road overpass. The day was gloomy, almost like a foggy-rainy day but it was not raining; the clouds just seemed to be very low. As I came out from the underpass, I saw this "big thing" above me.

It had no wings that I could determine and I tried hard to speed up to keep getting a better look. I probably got up to about 80, but it was no contest. It was black (I could only see the underside at first), and at arm's length I would say it was about 6-8 inches in diameter, a real big-un as they say.

As it continued south in front of me and drew away, I could see that it had green sequentially flashing lights along the rear (but I could not, of course, see whether these lights went all around the object). It then slowly changed course toward the East and I lost sight of it because I had to drive. I think the object was going about 300-400 mph -- it reminded me of the way a C130 had looked the day a friend said, "It isn't going that slow, it is just that big.

" I let it go out of my mind, but the next morning I heard on the radio that the Air Force had reported that the object seen by a number of people was an experimental plane they were testing. It did seem to me that something that size would have had a budget that people would be arguing about. If it was a secret, why were they testing it in broad daylight? And, most of all, why didn't it have any wings? I would love to hear from anyone else who has seen something similar.

07/01/73 8:00 AM

UFO Shape: disk

Lasted: 30 seconds~

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Rockville, MD

Full Report Text:

MY WIFE AND I WERE TO PICK UP MY MOTHER AT WORK IT WAS ON MARYLAND AVE.THAT WE SAW THE FIRST ONE IT WAS REALY BIG LIKE AN AIR PLANE I 747 SIZE, BUT THEIR WERE NO WINDOWS AT THE COCKPIT AREA AND THERE WAS NO TAILFIN ON THE BACK . IT HOVERD OVER THE CAR FOR A FEW SECONDS AND THE DARTED OFF.

LATER THAT NIGHT WE SAW SEVERAL MORE WAY UP IN THE SKY PLAYING TAG WITH SOME JETS OVER DC. APORT ((NUFORC Note: We presume the witness means 2000 hours, since it was a nighttime sighting. This is an anonymous report, so we have no way to contact the witness.

PD)).

05/01/73 8:00 PM

UFO Shape: other

Lasted: 2MIN`S

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Gaithersburg, MD

Full Report Text:

Disk-shaped object with sequentially-flashing green lights around the perimeter -- 5/73 -- flying low. Note: I have entered this before -- but in July 1973 by mistake. It was in the SPRING.

I was entering Rt. 70S from Fields Road (70S is now 270). The ramp dumps you onto the road about 50 feet before you go under the Shady Grove Road underpass.

Just as I was heading under I noticed something round up in the sky. As I emerged from the underpass I was already looking up to see if I could see the object. At first I couldn't and I wondered if it had changed direction, when all of a sudden it came into view, not high, but at a much lower altitude than at first.

It was crossing the highway in front of my car going roughly from NW to SE. I think it was flying too low for legal airspace. At that point, since I was almost under it, it looked just like a big black disk, but a second or two later it got far enough away to see the edge of it -- which was a band of sequentially-flashing green lights.

That's when I knew this wasn't anything ordinary. It continued in the SE direction -- I sped up to about 90 MPH because it was the only thing I could do to see more, but I couldn't keep up . I think it must have been traveling 300-400 mph.

I watched the object go into the distance and noticed that it kept descending, so that eventually I was looking straight out at it. My location on Rt. 70S was high ground, and in 1973 there wasn't much built up along it, so there was a pretty clear view of this object.

After awhile it was so far that I couldn't even make out the flashing lights anymore. It began to veer slightly toward the east. The next morning, in almost the exact spot, WPGC announced that the Air Force said that the object reported by some observers the day before was 'an experimental airplane with sequentially flashing lights.

' The announcement did not include anything about the fact that this object had no wings of the type our aircraft usually has. The sighting occurred about 9 a.m.

over a highway that in those days wasn't as busy as it is in 2005, but there was other traffic besides myself. I'll never forget this and am still hoping to find someone else who saw it and did the research to find out what it is. Since the radio announcement said the Air Force made the statement, and the object did kind of veer off toward Andrews AFB, I never talked about it for 28 years.

(I can draw a sketch of what I saw if I could talk to a researcher.) ((NUFORC Note: Witness indicates that the date of the incident is approximate. PD)).

05/01/73 9:00 AM

UFO Shape: disk

Lasted: 3-4 minutes

Report

Maryland UFO Sightings From 1973 By Shape

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

Shape / Appearance Sightings % Of Total
Disk 7 reported sightings 77.78% of all reports
Other 1 reported sightings 11.11% of all reports
Sphere 1 reported sightings 11.11% of all reports

Maryland UFO Sightings From 1973 By Month

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

Month Sightings % Of Total
October 5 reported sightings 55.56% of all reports
May 2 reported sightings 22.22% of all reports
August 1 reported sightings 11.11% of all reports
July 1 reported sightings 11.11% of all reports

Maryland UFO Sightings From 1973 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
Sunday 5 reported sightings 55.56% of all reports
Tuesday 2 reported sightings 22.22% of all reports
Wednesday 1 reported sightings 11.11% of all reports
Thursday 1 reported sightings 11.11% of all reports

Maryland UFO Sightings From 1973 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
10/21/73 4 reported sightings 44.44% of all reports
05/01/73 2 reported sightings 22.22% of all reports
07/01/73 1 reported sightings 11.11% of all reports
10/18/73 1 reported sightings 11.11% of all reports
08/15/73 1 reported sightings 11.11% of all reports

Maryland UFO Sightings From 1973 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
Evening 16:00 - 19:59 3 reported sightings 33.33% of all reports
Night 20:00 - 23:59 2 reported sightings 22.22% of all reports
Morning 08:00 - 11:59 2 reported sightings 22.22% of all reports
Late night 00:00 - 03:59 1 reported sightings 11.11% of all reports
Afternoon 12:00 - 15:59 1 reported sightings 11.11% of all reports

All Maryland Cities with reported UFO sightings in 1973

These are running counts of how many UFO sighting reports were filed per city in Maryland, in 1973

City Number of Reports View Reports
Baltimore 4 UFO Reports Baltimore UFO Sightings in 1973
Gaithersburg 2 UFO Reports Gaithersburg UFO Sightings in 1973
Rockville 1 UFO Reports Rockville UFO Sightings in 1973
Takoma Park 1 UFO Reports Takoma Park UFO Sightings in 1973
Federalsburg 1 UFO Reports Federalsburg UFO Sightings in 1973

Other Years with Reported UFO Sightings in Maryland

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

Year Number of Reports View Reports
2024 9 UFO Reports Maryland UFO Sightings in 2024
2023 69 UFO Reports Maryland UFO Sightings in 2023
2022 58 UFO Reports Maryland UFO Sightings in 2022
2021 41 UFO Reports Maryland UFO Sightings in 2021
2020 83 UFO Reports Maryland UFO Sightings in 2020
2019 72 UFO Reports Maryland UFO Sightings in 2019
2018 55 UFO Reports Maryland UFO Sightings in 2018
2017 96 UFO Reports Maryland UFO Sightings in 2017
2016 99 UFO Reports Maryland UFO Sightings in 2016
2015 117 UFO Reports Maryland UFO Sightings in 2015
2014 149 UFO Reports Maryland UFO Sightings in 2014
2013 115 UFO Reports Maryland UFO Sightings in 2013
2012 113 UFO Reports Maryland UFO Sightings in 2012
2011 74 UFO Reports Maryland UFO Sightings in 2011
2010 51 UFO Reports Maryland UFO Sightings in 2010
2009 43 UFO Reports Maryland UFO Sightings in 2009
2008 65 UFO Reports Maryland UFO Sightings in 2008
2007 44 UFO Reports Maryland UFO Sightings in 2007
2006 32 UFO Reports Maryland UFO Sightings in 2006
2005 40 UFO Reports Maryland UFO Sightings in 2005
2004 43 UFO Reports Maryland UFO Sightings in 2004
2003 37 UFO Reports Maryland UFO Sightings in 2003
2002 52 UFO Reports Maryland UFO Sightings in 2002
2001 37 UFO Reports Maryland UFO Sightings in 2001
2000 27 UFO Reports Maryland UFO Sightings in 2000
1999 31 UFO Reports Maryland UFO Sightings in 1999
1998 14 UFO Reports Maryland UFO Sightings in 1998
1997 15 UFO Reports Maryland UFO Sightings in 1997
1996 19 UFO Reports Maryland UFO Sightings in 1996
1995 10 UFO Reports Maryland UFO Sightings in 1995
1994 4 UFO Reports Maryland UFO Sightings in 1994
1993 7 UFO Reports Maryland UFO Sightings in 1993
1992 3 UFO Reports Maryland UFO Sightings in 1992
1991 2 UFO Reports Maryland UFO Sightings in 1991
1990 9 UFO Reports Maryland UFO Sightings in 1990
1989 6 UFO Reports Maryland UFO Sightings in 1989
1988 2 UFO Reports Maryland UFO Sightings in 1988
1987 2 UFO Reports Maryland UFO Sightings in 1987
1986 3 UFO Reports Maryland UFO Sightings in 1986
1985 1 UFO Reports Maryland UFO Sightings in 1985
1984 2 UFO Reports Maryland UFO Sightings in 1984
1982 1 UFO Reports Maryland UFO Sightings in 1982
1981 3 UFO Reports Maryland UFO Sightings in 1981
1980 3 UFO Reports Maryland UFO Sightings in 1980
1979 5 UFO Reports Maryland UFO Sightings in 1979
1978 1 UFO Reports Maryland UFO Sightings in 1978
1977 8 UFO Reports Maryland UFO Sightings in 1977
1976 2 UFO Reports Maryland UFO Sightings in 1976
1975 8 UFO Reports Maryland UFO Sightings in 1975
1974 4 UFO Reports Maryland UFO Sightings in 1974
1973 9 UFO Reports Maryland UFO Sightings in 1973
1972 1 UFO Reports Maryland UFO Sightings in 1972
1971 1 UFO Reports Maryland UFO Sightings in 1971
1970 3 UFO Reports Maryland UFO Sightings in 1970
1969 2 UFO Reports Maryland UFO Sightings in 1969