UFO sighting frequency is at it’s highest in the evening, typically from around 8 pm to midnight. (See footnotes 1-3.) This is a reliable statistic that is derived from the analyses of many hundreds of UFO reports. (It would not be an exaggeration to say thousands of reports, when the CUFOS has well over 200,000 reports! See footnote 4.) There are multiple contributing factors to explain this specific time for a peak in reported UFO sightings, such as differences in visibility and human activity. But when sightings are most common at times when it is dark, the low visibility impedes observation, resulting in misidentifications or a lack of any apparent detail. This is a nuisance for observational study and photography.
A reasonable approach is to take advantage of naturally beneficial regions for UFO/UAP study. Hessdalen, Norway offers a spectacular recurring luminous phenomenon that has been closely monitored by scientists with cameras and various sensors. And although Hessdalen might not be an unearthly anomalous phenomenon, it is an example of a region providing an advantageous study opportunity.
To take advantage of the 8 pm ~ 12 am time frame of peak sighting frequency, it is suggested to bring more focused UFO study into higher latitude regions. High latitude regions offer seasonally extended daylight hours that provide lighting that is sufficient enough for reading or yard work all through the evening. An opportunity to observe UFOs in daylight at the times when they are most common is presented. It would be reasonable to commit to performing observational study in these areas.
Do UFO sightings occur just as regularly in high latitudes as they do in the lower and equatorial latitudes? This is a question that can also be answered in the process. It has not yet been determined why UFO sightings around the world are more frequent at night. Some likely explanations are:
- Many unfamiliar lights become visible and apparent at night, such as planets, stars, satellites, airplanes, city lights, street lights.
- Nighttime offers a cover of darkness that reduces visibility and clarity.
Other possible explanations for common nighttime sightings could be:
- There might be an inherent “spooky” sense that comes with watching something unfamiliar or apparently strange at nighttime that affects the judgement in thinking ‘UFO’.
- Secret aviation projects might be more preferable to test at night.
- If UFOs are really extraterrestrial vehicles, they might be more active at night.
Automated instrumented monitoring systems can be brought into areas like Alaska, Norway, Russia, and Sweden, which have their own local sightings while offering the benefit of extended daylight hours during the summer months. Instrumented monitoring systems can be either installed as a permanent station, or brought in during the summer months at temporary study locations. It is also an opportunity for UFO researchers to easily narrow down and locate a specific time and place of the year for focused, directed studies.
As an additional thought: Do other geographical locations offer natural advantages that benefit UFO/UAP study?
- “UFO Reports by Time of the Day”, V.J. Ballester Olmos
- “Basic Patterns in UFO Observations”, 1975, Claude Poher and Jacques Vallee
- “A Comparative Analytical and Observational Study of North American Databases on Unidentified Aerial Phenomena”, 2009, Massimo Teodorani
- The UFOCAT-2009 database contains over 209,551 UFO reports, and is available through CUFOS.