Last updated on April 1, 2024

All Reported UFO Sightings in North Dakota

This page aggregates and analyzes all UFO sighting reports made in North Dakota.

How many UFO sightings have there been in North Dakota?

  • There have been 270 officially reported UFO sightings in North Dakota from 1970 to 2023.
  • North Dakota ranks #50 in the list of states with the most reported UFO sightings in the USA.
  • Adjusted for population size, North Dakota ranks #35 on the list of states with the most reported UFO sightings, with an average of 0.69 reports per 100,000 residents.

North Dakota Cities with the most UFO Sightings

Rank City Reported Sightings
1 Fargo, ND 34 UFO Reports
2 Valley City, ND 26 UFO Reports
3 Bismarck, ND 25 UFO Reports
4 Minot, ND 25 UFO Reports
5 Grand Forks, ND 19 UFO Reports

North Dakota UFO Sightings Analysis

We analyzed all 270 UFO sighting reports in North Dakota to identify possible patterns and gain insight into the phenomenon:

20 Most Recent UFO Sightings in North Dakota

These North Dakota UFO reports are 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).

Jamestown, ND

Full Report Text:

Starlike light moving erratically, north and south, back and forth, but moving at different speeds toward the west, overall. Myself (male, 50s), my son (male, 30s), and two grandsons (15 and 11) were in the back yard, looking up at the sky for the Perseid meteor shower (which wasn't very active). My 15 year old grandson noticed the "star" moving erratically, first.

After a minute or so, we all saw what he had seen. I was laying in my zero gravity chair, facing the east, but looking straight up. The "star" was directly above us.

maybe just a little east of zenith. The "star" was definitely not a satellite, as I have seen many of those before, and understand their movements. What we were seeing was what looked like a star, but it was moving (not at a steady speed) toward the west.

It appeared to stop quite often, but not for long. It would also move from side to side (north and south), while still moving in a westerly direction. Sometimes slowly, and other times a little faster.

After watching for about 45 minutes, I had to move my head backwards to the point where it became uncomfortable. All of the other stars in the sky were still in their same general position, but the one we were watching had moved considerably. I also have a tree in my back yard that I could use as a landmark.

After about an hour, the "star" had moved about 10 degrees toward the west. We did not watch it until it was no longer able to be seen, since it was late. It could have been lit up by itself or it could have been reflecting sunlight.

There was no change in the intensity of the brightness, though.

08/12/23 10:50 PM

UFO Shape: star

Lasted: 1 hour

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Fargo, ND

Full Report Text:

Was explaining another ufo story of a light like a plane but no flashing lights. And how it disappeared before i could record it. I described my possible ufo experience to my friend and as i was explaining it, it happened again but this time I kept watching it.

Until it just instantly disappeared, exactly like I predicted because of what happened with the last possible UFO. But this time i watched completely and had a witness watching too.

05/21/23 12:00 AM

UFO Shape: light

Lasted: 30 seconds to 1 minute

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Mapleton, ND

Full Report Text:

I was moving snow for a couple hours when I went to put the skidsteer up in outbuilding I noticed 2 lights to the west. 2 lights,can't make out craft.Hasn't moved just hovering there.

No sound but probably too far to hear anyway. NUFORC Note: Jupiter and Venus.

03/01/23 7:46 PM

UFO Shape: unknown

Lasted: 25 minutes and ongoing.

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Watford city, ND

Full Report Text:

Two orange beems of light that look like holograms. One dissappear and comes back. Two circle green lights that move all directions.

I was outside and seen these two orange beems of light. They look like holograms and one disappears and re appears. There are two green circles going in all directions.

I took video and photographs. I watched 5 minutes and went inside, they could be out there still.

02/13/23 9:40 PM

UFO Shape: circle

Lasted: I watched for 5 minutes

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Minot, ND

Full Report Text:

It looked like a big star. But it was moving. Me and my neighbor were noticing a large bright star.

But it started moving. Then it started moving.we took pictures of it.

it was bouncing all over. Up and down and sideways. my neighbor saw another one later.

And she said her skin started burning, like fire. she started praying and the heat left her.

02/12/23 9:00 PM

UFO Shape: circle

Lasted: Few hours then it left

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Sherwood, ND

Full Report Text:

Found taking pictures of aurora borealis Was out capturing pictures of northern lights with my iPhone 11 to share with family. I walked one city block to get a picture without so many trees. I did not notice the cluster of lights right away as I was more focused on the northern lights.

When I got back to the house and clicking the photos to share on social media, that’s when I really noticed and zoomed in. These are not stars, planets, or airplanes.

09/04/22 12:17 AM

UFO Shape: light

Lasted: 10 minutes

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West Fargo, ND

Full Report Text:

A light that looked initially like a fluorescent glided from the west toward the east As the light approached the 12 o clock position we both realized that it was not anything we had ever seen before. It was like a train of bright lights gliding east and very long, no noise. Was NOT an airplane, jet, helicpoter, fireworks, etc.

This was a space ship ! Approx 20 seconds after the sighting, we saw three bright objects - UFOs off to the north following the spaceship in unison. We did not have our phones outside with us and thus no pics .

08/19/22 10:11 PM

UFO Shape: light

Lasted: Approximately 20 seconds

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Bismarck, ND

Full Report Text:

Appears on a clip from blink camera When I reviewed clips the following morning I saw what at first appeared to be smoke moving in upper corner, at 11:01pm Thursday then like there was an object which appeared to move into position and stop. Clip ends as no further movement. Then a clip at 6:09 ct Friday when I let my dog out.

The disc is still present in that clip. I’ve tried to figure out what it might have been to no avail. Never seen this on camera before or since.

While it appeared to be just north of residence, I assume it was far in distance as others would have been out and about still and don’t know that anyone else saw it. It did send clips to family members trying to get what explanation they may have. Was thinking something military maybe?.

02/24/22 11:01 PM

UFO Shape: disk

Lasted: I. On my camera at 11 + 6

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Bismarck, ND

Full Report Text:

Top left corner of video, towards the end you see it leap after a second one appears or maybe just how the craft travels.

10/31/21 12:09 AM

UFO Shape:

Lasted: 15 minutes

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Ardoch, ND

Full Report Text:

Bright light going into wooded area I live on a farmstead. In back of my home is a wooded area. As I was in bed looking out the window.

There was a large bright light that lasted 3 seconds. Right after you could see a light descending into the woods you could see this light hitting the branches as it went down. I was not able follow it due to some buildings and I was a little afraid to go out side.

I was by myself.

10/18/21 9:38 PM

UFO Shape: circle

Lasted: 10 minutes

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Valley City, ND

Full Report Text:

MADAR Node 93.

09/17/21 5:59 AM

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Valley City, ND

Full Report Text:

MADAR Node 93.

08/18/21 4:37 PM

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Valley City, ND

Full Report Text:

MADAR Node 93.

06/07/21 10:46 AM

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Valley City, ND

Full Report Text:

MADAR Node 93.

05/01/21 6:20 PM

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West Fargo, ND

Full Report Text:

I witnessed a flying object, flying relatively low & slow, with 4 perfectly squared lights marking the corners. The bottom center had a slight orange glow. I could not make out much of the body, but noticed the front too lights were slightly elevated in comparison to the rear.

No planes were trackable overhead on any of the apps I have.

03/05/21 10:00 PM

UFO Shape: other

Lasted: 5 minutes

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, ND

Full Report Text:

First photos sent back from perseverance on mars skyline shows dark object in the sky towards the right of the photo. Only visible once photo is zoomed up.

02/18/21 6:00 PM

UFO Shape: circle

Lasted: Mars (photo)

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Stanley, ND

Full Report Text:

Large object, resembling a flat iron, sat motionless off the highway. We were hauling a load of heating oil, eastbound from Stanley, on RT 2, when my partner called my attention to an unusual object on the north side of the highway. The object resembled a dark colored flat iron, approximately 75’ wide, and close to 100’ long.

From top to bottom, I’d say it was 30', and it appeared to be sitting on hundreds of points, or legs, which kept it between 15’ and 20’ off the ground. Weather at the time, about 12:04 PM, was 19 degrees Fahrenheit, wind blowing from the north at 16 mph, gusting 23 mph, and the skies were overcast. I radioed the police department, back in Stanley, back at City Hall, and let them know what we had seen.

They said that another caller had notified them about the object, and that a deputy was in route to the location.

01/15/21 12:04 PM

UFO Shape: rectangle

Lasted: 10 minutes

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Anamoose, ND

Full Report Text:

Large, spinning , colorful UFO. Starting at 6 pm we watched 5 of these donut like spinners above heads and smaller bright ones coming out of them then would fly in a line and vanish. At 11:15 pm I went back outside and there was one huge one even with the naked eye full of color, spinning these have been out here every night for the past month.

The ones from earlier that were emitted from the larger ones had moved across sky, stopped hovered together then a flash of red and white and took off.

12/07/20 11:23 PM

UFO Shape: disk

Lasted: 2 hours

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New Leipzig, ND

Full Report Text:

At least 61 UFOs in a straight line traveling West to East at 5:45 AM unforgettable !!! I had gotten in my hot tub around 5:45 AM and was watching the sky for satellites going over. I spotted one lone satellite going South to North , then I noticed two what looked like satellites going West to East. I thought this was unusual as I have never seen that happen before.

Then I noticed two more traveling in the same West to East line , both groups had the same spacing. As I watched they kept coming, equally spaced except for a few. Every so often there would be two side by side.

I watched for what I think was maybe 5 minutes and counted as at least 61 went by. Maybe more as I might have missed one or two. The most fantastic thing I have ever seen !!!!.

10/15/20 6:15 AM

UFO Shape: sphere

Lasted: 3-5 minutes

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Valley City, ND

Full Report Text:

Lake Ashtabula. High altitude (or low orbit) light moving at extreme speeds in a zig-zag pattern. Lake Ashtabula (10 miles N of Valley City, ND) I had been stargazing and watching a meteor shower with my girlfriend and my grandparents on this evening.

Around 11:30pm, everyone started heading into the cabin to go to bed but I decided to stay by the fire for awhile longer. As I was about to get up, I saw what at first looked like a satellite, however it moved at extreme speeds in a zig-zag pattern. It appeared to be at high altitude or low earth orbit.

People know me as a "space nerd" so when I saw this and told my girlfriend, she believed me when I said it was not a satellite or spacecraft. It may have been blinking but I cannot remember for sure. I am also an aircraft pilot, so I know it was not an aircraft.

08/11/20 11:45 PM

UFO Shape: light

Lasted: 30-45 seconds

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North Dakota UFO Sightings By Shape

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

Shape / Appearance Sightings % Of Total
Light 41 reported sightings 15.19% of all reports
Triangle 35 reported sightings 12.96% of all reports
Circle 23 reported sightings 8.52% of all reports
Unknown 20 reported sightings 7.41% of all reports
Other 19 reported sightings 7.04% of all reports
Disk 17 reported sightings 6.30% of all reports
Formation 12 reported sightings 4.44% of all reports
Fireball 11 reported sightings 4.07% of all reports
Sphere 10 reported sightings 3.70% of all reports
Oval 9 reported sightings 3.33% of all reports
Cigar 8 reported sightings 2.96% of all reports
Changing 8 reported sightings 2.96% of all reports
Rectangle 5 reported sightings 1.85% of all reports
Diamond 5 reported sightings 1.85% of all reports
Flash 5 reported sightings 1.85% of all reports
Chevron 3 reported sightings 1.11% of all reports
Cylinder 3 reported sightings 1.11% of all reports
Teardrop 2 reported sightings 0.74% of all reports
Egg 2 reported sightings 0.74% of all reports

North Dakota UFO Sightings By Month

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

Month Sightings % Of Total
August 38 reported sightings 14.07% of all reports
July 37 reported sightings 13.70% of all reports
September 25 reported sightings 9.26% of all reports
November 22 reported sightings 8.15% of all reports
June 21 reported sightings 7.78% of all reports
April 21 reported sightings 7.78% of all reports
October 18 reported sightings 6.67% of all reports
January 18 reported sightings 6.67% of all reports
May 18 reported sightings 6.67% of all reports
December 15 reported sightings 5.56% of all reports
February 14 reported sightings 5.19% of all reports
March 14 reported sightings 5.19% of all reports

North Dakota UFO Sightings 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
Friday 42 reported sightings 15.56% of all reports
Saturday 42 reported sightings 15.56% of all reports
Wednesday 40 reported sightings 14.81% of all reports
Sunday 38 reported sightings 14.07% of all reports
Monday 36 reported sightings 13.33% of all reports
Thursday 35 reported sightings 12.96% of all reports
Tuesday 28 reported sightings 10.37% of all reports

North Dakota UFO Sightings 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
11/07/16 3 reported sightings 1.11% of all reports
07/25/14 2 reported sightings 0.74% of all reports
04/17/06 2 reported sightings 0.74% of all reports
04/18/19 2 reported sightings 0.74% of all reports
04/11/12 2 reported sightings 0.74% of all reports

North Dakota UFO Sightings 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 - 23:59 114 reported sightings 42.22% of all reports
Late night 00:00 - 03:59 53 reported sightings 19.63% of all reports
Early morning 04:00 - 07:59 34 reported sightings 12.59% of all reports
Evening 16:00 - 19:59 33 reported sightings 12.22% of all reports
Morning 08:00 - 11:59 14 reported sightings 5.19% of all reports
Afternoon 12:00 - 15:59 13 reported sightings 4.81% of all reports

Years with Reported UFO Sightings in North Dakota

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

Year Number of Reports View Reports
2023 5 UFO Reports North Dakota UFO Sightings in 2023
2022 3 UFO Reports North Dakota UFO Sightings in 2022
2021 9 UFO Reports North Dakota UFO Sightings in 2021
2020 25 UFO Reports North Dakota UFO Sightings in 2020
2019 18 UFO Reports North Dakota UFO Sightings in 2019
2018 8 UFO Reports North Dakota UFO Sightings in 2018
2017 9 UFO Reports North Dakota UFO Sightings in 2017
2016 12 UFO Reports North Dakota UFO Sightings in 2016
2015 11 UFO Reports North Dakota UFO Sightings in 2015
2014 11 UFO Reports North Dakota UFO Sightings in 2014
2013 7 UFO Reports North Dakota UFO Sightings in 2013
2012 12 UFO Reports North Dakota UFO Sightings in 2012
2011 12 UFO Reports North Dakota UFO Sightings in 2011
2010 5 UFO Reports North Dakota UFO Sightings in 2010
2009 9 UFO Reports North Dakota UFO Sightings in 2009
2008 10 UFO Reports North Dakota UFO Sightings in 2008
2007 6 UFO Reports North Dakota UFO Sightings in 2007
2006 7 UFO Reports North Dakota UFO Sightings in 2006
2005 4 UFO Reports North Dakota UFO Sightings in 2005
2004 9 UFO Reports North Dakota UFO Sightings in 2004
2003 9 UFO Reports North Dakota UFO Sightings in 2003
2002 4 UFO Reports North Dakota UFO Sightings in 2002
2001 6 UFO Reports North Dakota UFO Sightings in 2001
2000 5 UFO Reports North Dakota UFO Sightings in 2000
1999 6 UFO Reports North Dakota UFO Sightings in 1999
1998 4 UFO Reports North Dakota UFO Sightings in 1998
1997 2 UFO Reports North Dakota UFO Sightings in 1997
1996 7 UFO Reports North Dakota UFO Sightings in 1996
1995 8 UFO Reports North Dakota UFO Sightings in 1995
1991 1 UFO Reports North Dakota UFO Sightings in 1991
1990 3 UFO Reports North Dakota UFO Sightings in 1990
1983 2 UFO Reports North Dakota UFO Sightings in 1983
1982 1 UFO Reports North Dakota UFO Sightings in 1982
1979 1 UFO Reports North Dakota UFO Sightings in 1979
1978 3 UFO Reports North Dakota UFO Sightings in 1978
1977 2 UFO Reports North Dakota UFO Sightings in 1977
1976 2 UFO Reports North Dakota UFO Sightings in 1976
1975 1 UFO Reports North Dakota UFO Sightings in 1975
1974 1 UFO Reports North Dakota UFO Sightings in 1974
1970 1 UFO Reports North Dakota UFO Sightings in 1970

Cities with Reported UFO Sightings in North Dakota

These are running counts of how many UFO sighting reports are filed per city in North Dakota

City Number of Reports View Reports
Fargo 34 UFO Reports Fargo, North Dakota UFO Sightings
Valley City 26 UFO Reports Valley City, North Dakota UFO Sightings
Bismarck 25 UFO Reports Bismarck, North Dakota UFO Sightings
Minot 25 UFO Reports Minot, North Dakota UFO Sightings
Grand Forks 19 UFO Reports Grand Forks, North Dakota UFO Sightings
Williston 8 UFO Reports Williston, North Dakota UFO Sightings
West Fargo 7 UFO Reports West Fargo, North Dakota UFO Sightings
Dickinson 7 UFO Reports Dickinson, North Dakota UFO Sightings
Mandan 6 UFO Reports Mandan, North Dakota UFO Sightings
Wahpeton 4 UFO Reports Wahpeton, North Dakota UFO Sightings
Belfield 4 UFO Reports Belfield, North Dakota UFO Sightings
Devils Lake 4 UFO Reports Devils Lake, North Dakota UFO Sightings
Minot AFB 3 UFO Reports Minot AFB, North Dakota UFO Sightings
Hazen 3 UFO Reports Hazen, North Dakota UFO Sightings
Fort Yates 3 UFO Reports Fort Yates, North Dakota UFO Sightings
Casselton 3 UFO Reports Casselton, North Dakota UFO Sightings
Washburn 3 UFO Reports Washburn, North Dakota UFO Sightings
Stanley 3 UFO Reports Stanley, North Dakota UFO Sightings
Jamestown 3 UFO Reports Jamestown, North Dakota UFO Sightings
Lidgerwood 3 UFO Reports Lidgerwood, North Dakota UFO Sightings
Napoleon 2 UFO Reports Napoleon, North Dakota UFO Sightings
New Leipzig 2 UFO Reports New Leipzig, North Dakota UFO Sightings
Max 2 UFO Reports Max, North Dakota UFO Sightings
Belcourt 2 UFO Reports Belcourt, North Dakota UFO Sightings
Langdon 2 UFO Reports Langdon, North Dakota UFO Sightings
Tioga 2 UFO Reports Tioga, North Dakota UFO Sightings
Trenton 2 UFO Reports Trenton, North Dakota UFO Sightings