Last updated on June 1, 2024

Maryland UFO Sightings in 1977

This page aggregates and analyzes all UFO sighting reports made in Maryland during 1977.

How many Maryland UFO sightings were there in 1977?

  • There were 8 officially reported UFO sightings in Maryland in 1977.
  • In 1977, Maryland ranked #15 on the list of states with the most UFO sightings for that year.
  • Adjusted for population size, Maryland ranks #23 in the list of states with the most reported UFO sightings in 1977, with an average of 0.2 reports per 100,000 residents.

Maryland Cities with the most UFO Sightings in 1977

Rank City Number of Reports
1 Gaithersburg, MD 2 UFO Reports
2 Beltsville, MD 1 UFO Reports
3 Long Green, MD 1 UFO Reports
4 Marley Park, MD 1 UFO Reports
5 Rockville, MD 1 UFO Reports

Maryland UFO Sightings Analysis

We analyzed all 8 UFO sighting reports in Maryland from 1977 to identify possible patterns and gain insight into the phenomenon:

Maryland UFO Sighting Reports in 1977

This is a sampling of 20 Maryland UFO reports from 1977, 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).

Hancock, MD

Full Report Text:

UFO and Biological Entity seen by four children over two days. In the early seventies my family moved into a run down Civil War mansion in Hancock, Maryland. It was on the C&O Railroad with the C&O canal, tow path and Potomac river within a short walk.

It was an amazing place to spend many years as a child. It was surrounded by orchards and the Tow Path from Washington, D.C.

, to the Paw Paw Tunnel was our personal playground. There were five children and two grown ups that lived together. Every child had their own room in this 31 room mansion.

All the children with rooms on the east side of the house saw a cigar shaped craft one night hover over an old ornamental fountain in the yard and suck water from it. The next morning at the breakfast table they all drew pictures of the craft. It was cigar shaped with orange windows in it.

That morning the headline in the local news paper reported many people seeing strange lights above Lovers Leap which was a historical sight directly across the Potomac from the mansion in Berkeley Springs, West Virginia. We all had chores and that night mine was to feed the cats out on the patio. The doors that lead out to the patio were french doors with a broken door nob.

If the door latched behind you, you would need to use a near by screw driver to open it. It was a large screened in patio with terracotta tile floors. We were hippies and had stuff all over the place including a mini fridge in one of the corners.

I went out to feed the cats and on my way back to the door I felt terror up my back. I turned around to see a small being standing next to the minifridge with a look of fear on her face. She was crouched with her hands clasped in front of her torso.

I knew she was a she. And I knew she was as afraid as I was, like she was caught. She was glowing amber, stood no taller than the mini fridge and looked exactly like the grays from Close and Encounters of the Third Kind but was much shorter and glowing amber.

I was stunned and full of terror. With container of cat food in one hand I pushed on the latched french door to run inside. Without considering it had latched shut my hand went through the window as the door slammed open.

I skidded along the floor and ended up in a small pile of glass and dry cat food. In the chaos I had sliced the palm of my right hand on the broken window and was bleeding pretty bad. No one believed me.

Everyone thought I was copying the other children who saw the craft. I hope that little biological entity found her way home. The scar on my right palm is my proof of that experience.

This experience opened me to a life spent researching and reading about UFO's and ancient mysteries. ((NUFORC Note: Witness indicates that the date of the sighting is approximate. PD)).

10/15/77 6:00 PM

UFO Shape: cigar

Lasted: 30 seconds

Report

Beltsville, MD

Full Report Text:

I'm guessing the time of year and date because we were young. My cousin and I were around the age of 11 (myself) and 8 years old at time of sighting. We were playing in at school field while my uncle was coaching a football practice.

When a huge disc shaped sauser with lights hovered over the trees in front of us for about three minutes or so then just shot away quickly I looked at her and she at me and we took off running. We were young and scared. My uncle and boys practicing never saw it.

I saw a report on the news tonite and thought I would share our experience. We're firm believers. I'm now 50 and I can picture it like it was yesterday… ((NUFORC Note: Witness indicates that the date of the event is approximate.

PD)).

08/01/77 2:00 PM

UFO Shape: disk

Lasted: 3 minutes

Report

Marley Park, MD

Full Report Text:

a glowing white (bright) object about 20 ft. in the air moving slow and coming at us and then it was gone. Gone so fast we didnt see it it looked like a glowing ball moving so very sloww across the sky and then it was gone my sister and i were very young but we always remember that and could not explain.

07/04/77 2:00 PM

UFO Shape: sphere

Lasted: 1 minute

Report

Rockville, MD

Full Report Text:

I saw a flying saucer. I was about 13 years old and I was sitting on the floor of my friend’s bedroom. It was early in the evening; still daylight, but close to dark.

My friend was talking and she suddenly stopped mid sentence. Her jaw dropped and she just pointed. I turned around just in time to see a flying saucer go over her house.

This thing was very low to the ground. You could see the lights or windows around the saucer. It was moving quickly and silently and it appeared to be as big as her house.

We told her parents and they said it was probably a weather balloon. I also told my parents and they too thought it was a weather balloon. I asked her about it when we were grown and she accepted that it was a balloon.

I told my ex-husband about my experience and he told me that he had a similar experience in Baltimore when he was about the same age. He recalls the same type of aircraft. I am telling you, this was not a balloon.

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

06/16/77 7:00 PM

UFO Shape: disk

Lasted: 30 seconds

Report

Gaithersburg, MD

Full Report Text:

Summer of 1977 I saw a large oval black object hovering just over the tree tops going very slowly. In the summer of 1977 as I walked back towards my home from the park in our neighborhood, in a small housing development, I noticed a very large but quiet UFO hovering over the tree tops. The object captivated me.

I could not take my eyes off it. Instead of going home, I followed the UFO as it moved slowly across the tree tops in the wooded area that surrounded the development. I followed the UFO, for approximately 15 minutes, to Quince Orchard Road, and it continued straight into the woods across the road.

(At the time that area was all wooded). I could not follow it any further. The UFO looked oval/dome shaped.

It was very large. It was dark colored like gray/black. It had windows along the top dome section.

Not all windows where lit, but there was some light coming from some of the windows. It traveled very slowly, because as I followed it, it stayed ahead of me but I didn’t lose sight of it until it went into another wooded area where there was no road. I wanted to see if I could continue to follow this thing, so I caught a ride with a car that came along just after losing sight of the UFO- the fellow that stopped to give me a ride said he saw something.

I jumped in and told him I had seen it too, that I had been following it from Quince Orchard development. He drove a little further to the little shopping center at the end of Quince Orchard Rd. but it was gone.

I don’t know who that fellow was or if he ever reported the sighting. But I never said anything to anyone about it until I had been married for awhile. I told my husband and my four children.

I wonder if the occurrence seen in approx June of 1977 was the same sighting I saw! I think the UFO came from what is now the Seneca Park area. ((NUFORC Note: Witness indicates that the date of the sighting is approximate. PD)).

06/15/77 9:00 PM

UFO Shape: oval

Lasted: 15 minutes

Report

Gaithersburg, MD

Full Report Text:

Close encounter with metallic craft near Gaithersburg, MD in 1977 The following was described to me a 45 year old man whom I believe to be very sincere and credible. I do not have contact information for the witness presently, but I can get it. In 1977 the witness (age 17 at the time)and his cousin were returning home to obey their 12 a.

m. curfew. As they were heading up a road towards the Heights in Montgomery Village, MD, near Gaithersburg, the witness saw a light through some trees at the top of the hill and asked his cousin "What's that?".

His cousin replied "They're digging a lake up there; it must be some construction lights." They continued up the hill, came around a bend in the road, and saw a cigar-shaped object hovering over a telephone pole approximately 40 feet in the air and 50 feet in front of them. The witness and his cousin stopped the car and got out to look at the object, which he described as shaped like a "one-manned submarine", being about the size of a school bus, and as having a metallic skin, 2 beams projecting from the "front," and a row of "portholes" and non-blinking red and green lights around the circumference.

The object was completely silent and stationary for approximately 20 seconds, then made a soft, mechanical "verrrt" sound and began to move slowly away. The witness emphasized 2 things: how "man-made" and "nuts and bolts" the object seemed ("like an airliner with no tail, wings, or jet engines") and the strange way that it appeared to move away slowly, yet diminished rapidly in size until it disappeared. He had a difficult time describing exactly how the object departed.

He said that the surface of the craft was visible from the glare of the projecting beams ("kind'a like laser beams, not spreading out like headlights"), and that it was metallic. There were also dark patches above the view ports where he thought there was some movement visible (as in something moving inside the object). The witnesses' car exhibited no electromagnetic effects from the close proximity of the craft; the engine continued to idle and the headlights remained on, and neither witness suffered any physiological effects.

He said that he and his cousin were open-mouthed in amazement, but never felt frightened during the encounter. What also astonished the witness was that this sighting took place shortly before midnight in the middle of a suburban bedroom community with many houses in the area, but no one came out of their home to investigate the bright lights above their neighborhood. He looked in the newspapers, but failed to find any reports of UFO sightings in the next several days.

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

06/01/77 11:45 PM

UFO Shape: cigar

Lasted: 60 seconds

Report

Long Green, MD

Full Report Text:

Black Disc, Light driven I was driving down Manor Rd. when I noticed a ball of light traveling to different points aproximately 5 miles apart(seemed to be at 5 different places almost simultaneously). I continued to drive to Saunders Ice Cream at Loch Raven Resevoir, pulled into small lot in front of field at Saunders.

Craft appeared then disappeared and reappeared around 6 times at a distance of 200 feet (disc coninued to move to other points around Baltimore) Ball of Light finally landed in field, Light drive powered down to reveal Black disc approx. 60 feet in diameter. Event witnessed by 5 others age 11-13 on their bikes.

I was seventeen at the time. This was not my last up close encounter that summer.

04/17/77 4:30 PM

UFO Shape: disk

Lasted: 15 MINUTES

Report

Silver Spring, MD

Full Report Text:

Saw a saucer hovering over the, then Hebrew Congregation on Lockwood Drive. It was less than a 100 yds from me, as clear as day. Saw a saucer hovering over the, then Hebrew Congregation on Lockwood Drive.

The saucer seemed to idle for a few minutes then it jetted off in a split second. It was less than a 100 yds from me, as clear as day. The saucer was your typical dull silver color with green lights circling the outer rim.

My cousin and I were both 13 the spring of 1977, I remember this day clearly, because we were getting ready to go for Easter Sunday Service and we were standing on the 4th floor balcony of the, then El Dorado Towers. The Synagogue is approximately 100 yards from the building, at arms length the saucer appeared as big as a football field (100yds). By the time I realized what was happening I told my cousin to run inside and get my camera, but the saucer disappeared in a split second.

My cousin and I couldn’t believe what had just happened, and being we were just kids we were afraid to tell our parents in fear of being labeled out of our minds. Till this day we still don’t talk about the incident, because it freaked us out. I remember telling my cousin that maybe they had heard us mention we were going to a picture, and they zipped off instead.

I think that we always felt as they had heard us, and therefore we were afraid of saying anything, in fear of getting abducted.

04/11/77 2:00 PM

UFO Shape: disk

Lasted: few minutes

Report

Maryland UFO Sightings From 1977 By Shape

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

Shape / Appearance Sightings % Of Total
Disk 4 reported sightings 50.00% of all reports
Cigar 2 reported sightings 25.00% of all reports
Sphere 1 reported sightings 12.50% of all reports
Oval 1 reported sightings 12.50% of all reports

Maryland UFO Sightings From 1977 By Month

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

Month Sightings % Of Total
June 3 reported sightings 37.50% of all reports
April 2 reported sightings 25.00% of all reports
October 1 reported sightings 12.50% of all reports
August 1 reported sightings 12.50% of all reports
July 1 reported sightings 12.50% of all reports

Maryland UFO Sightings From 1977 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 37.50% of all reports
Wednesday 2 reported sightings 25.00% of all reports
Thursday 1 reported sightings 12.50% of all reports
Sunday 1 reported sightings 12.50% of all reports
Saturday 1 reported sightings 12.50% of all reports

Maryland UFO Sightings From 1977 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
06/01/77 1 reported sightings 12.50% of all reports
06/15/77 1 reported sightings 12.50% of all reports
10/15/77 1 reported sightings 12.50% of all reports
08/01/77 1 reported sightings 12.50% of all reports
04/17/77 1 reported sightings 12.50% of all reports

Maryland UFO Sightings From 1977 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 37.50% of all reports
Afternoon 12:00 - 15:59 3 reported sightings 37.50% of all reports
Night 20:00 - 23:59 2 reported sightings 25.00% of all reports

All Maryland Cities with reported UFO sightings in 1977

These are running counts of how many UFO sighting reports were filed per city in Maryland, in 1977

City Number of Reports View Reports
Gaithersburg 2 UFO Reports Gaithersburg UFO Sightings in 1977
Beltsville 1 UFO Reports Beltsville UFO Sightings in 1977
Long Green 1 UFO Reports Long Green UFO Sightings in 1977
Marley Park 1 UFO Reports Marley Park UFO Sightings in 1977
Rockville 1 UFO Reports Rockville UFO Sightings in 1977
Silver Spring 1 UFO Reports Silver Spring UFO Sightings in 1977
Hancock 1 UFO Reports Hancock UFO Sightings in 1977

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