10 Things To Do if You See a UFO

John Royer searches for UFOs over Emmaus, and across the Lehigh Valley.

In an interview with The Morning Call, Patch reader and Emmaus resident  explains how twice he saw a big, black triangular object in the sky, at night, that blocked out the stars.

One of those objects, Royer says, appeared over  in 2003.

Those experiences got him interested in UFOs, and his research led him to become a volunteer field investigator for the Mutual UFO Network, called MUFON.

Royer, 65, retired as a drafting instructor from Lincoln Technical Institute, and is a graduate of Lafayette College. Now he investigates dozens of sightings throughout the Lehigh Valley, most of which, he says, are mistakes.

Royer makes no judgment about what he or others think the saw, but in the interview he says, 'I believe there is something flying around out there that we don’t know about.'

Read the complete story in The Morning Call.

What about you? Have you ever seen a UFO? When, what did you see? Let us know.

In the mean time, according to MUFON, if you have a close encounter in the future, here are 10 things you should do:

1. REMAIN CALM, but protect yourself from any hazards real or perceived.

2. Be objective. Not every UFO is extraterrestrial.

3. Use a camcorder or camera to record the event.

4. If you have a tape recorder, record your description of the event as it happens.

5. If other witnesses are present ask them to also write or record their observations.

6. If the UFO left some trace of its presence behind do not disturb the area around it.

7. If the sighting is from a distance, at an arms length, what would it take to cover up the object? A Quarter? A Penny?

8. Try to judge the distance from you to the object, the objects altitude, and its speed.

9. Should you encounter some type extraterrestrial being associated with the craft be prepared to take evasive action to protect yourself.

10. Immediately report the event to a UFO research organization.

Stephen Pitt July 19, 2011 at 05:15 PM
Mr. Gardener: Is this how MUFON operates? By baiting "...called your bluff? Please. If you made a good faith effort, fine. This isn't trial discovery. I still have the slides, albeit, now over a decade old, but pristine. Possibly, MUFON's agent made the mistake of not writing down the content of say, our conversation...or failed to contact the local guy...or the local guy....failed to... Conversely, I told everyone I knew that I made the contact and was well, excited. Since my site has reached thousands of eyes and the subject images are already out there reaching inquisitive and critical eyes for the most part, I'll be brief: Nobody has found anything close to what my pictures show in the astro-catalogs..nor has anyone contacted me challenging their authenticity, by any media transmission. I even linked on the Huffington Post twice, in three separate articles, to my images. I got hits, and thanks to you many more. That wasn't my objective. My work, if you bothered to look, is, however. I know it's been a while, but do you think MUFON would like to see what authentic images of a UFO without all the colorful column-inches, look like? Pictures that I publicly stand behind? If MUFON is to impress, it should at least examine the positives, no? Email me, Bob, and I'll try again. Who is the local MUFON rep for SoCal near Riverside? Now, I need to get back to work. All best, Stephen Pitt sp(at)stephenpitt.net
JR July 19, 2011 at 07:34 PM
Mr. Gardner has asked me to tell you that there has been a miscommunication. Pennsylvania MUFON cannot handle California MUFON reports. If you do a search for California MUFON as I just did, you will a list of local sites in California. Pick the appropriate site and you can register your report.
Stephen Pitt July 19, 2011 at 09:32 PM
It's O.K. guys. My wife and I were cracking up over this today. Oh, she remembers. MUFON is now or was national and now is international. (WOW) I contacted national, I suppose, and they told me they'd contact the local rep. Very cool indeed, we thought. It's O.K. I had other things on my mind that night in Joshua Tree, I'm sure, even if this caught our attention early, near the Dipper, where the faint fuzzies(galaxies) are found. While it was a profoundly beautiful object having a spin axis and skewed shape, it remains a UFO. It wasn't a balloon or shuttle reentry either, (I research) as the object held static. It was there for a few minutes, then it was gone. Neither of us saw it fade or leave a trail. I'm sure we weren't the only lucky ones that night. The spot is popular once a month with astronomers. Thanks, John, for that. I'll give them a call. You all have a great week.
JR July 19, 2011 at 09:33 PM
Kathy could you send copies of your ink wash drawings to PA MUFON even if you have opted not to make a report? We would be appreciative.
JR July 19, 2011 at 09:41 PM
It's good to leave on a good note.
JR July 19, 2011 at 09:57 PM
This is a general message for everyone who may have seen something that they wish to report. If you go to the MUFON site, you will see the words REPORT UFO in white letters outlined with red ink at the upper right of the screen. Just click on that and you'll be taken to a form that is very short. Fill in the details as you remember them and remember that you are not alone. There are lots of folks all over the world who have seen strange things.
Wayne Wilson August 08, 2011 at 09:51 AM
Mr. Royer, I have stood underneath a triangular ufo close enough to see the texture of the outter material. This object projected thoughts of contempt and evolving clarity in my thoughts over several years. The object that I witnessed, projected clear and strong thoughts at me and it was clear that the object which I stood below was designed for war and or conquest. I further believe that the earth goes through pole shifts which these species are aware of, and are here to settle in a water envirement after man has disapeared.. With respect to Mufon, I have recently filled out the online form.
Melinda Kabat August 08, 2011 at 09:33 PM
Thanks John for telling us where to report UFO sightings. I've seen 2 now, the latest one was just a little over a week ago. My hubby and I were sitting outside, we live near Temecula, CA, and we heard a helicopter approaching. Then we saw 2 Blue balls of light, that were flying in tandem slightly above where the helicopter was at. The helicopter, which I'm assuming was military, appeared like it was trying to follow these blue balls of light, but the lights were much faster than the helicopter and they flew across the sky in a matter of a few seconds and then were gone. This happened on Thursday, July 28 at about 9:00 pm. I will make a report on Mufon as well.
JR August 18, 2011 at 07:45 PM
Due to a technical glitch, the recommendations aren't showing up on this blog. Computers!!!! You gotta' love 'em! Editor Jennifer Marangos promises to get it fixed soon. Jennifer has a job that I describe as "puttin' her up to her eyeballs in alligators." God bless you, Jennifer. Anyway... The actual Emmaus Patch total is 241. The Salisbury Patch total is 101 and does show up. That's a total of 342 recommendations in a little over a month. That fact causes me to wonder why there is such an inordinately large amount of interest in the UFO subject in such a very small area of The Lehigh Valley. Draw your own conclusions, folks. Check The History Channel tonight for many more UFO documentaries. One of them is a two hour episode that will wind up your imagination something fierce. Maybe they DON'T want to stop by for coffee and doughnuts. I sure hope that ain't true!!!! I like the scenario of the water glass called "The glass is half full" rather than the other one called "The glass is half empty."
Jesse August 21, 2011 at 02:45 PM
John, I live in Westbrook, ME on almost any given night Im out on my porch several times smoking my cigarette an looking up because of what I saw. Several times performing the same ritual I have seen the same solid light screaming across the sky, it looks like a star it is so small I can barely follow it an then it vanishes, it's a solid dot of light, no trail, it changes directions, but mostly what I've noticed is that it always appears near Orion's Belt. What I have seen multiple times has been as you decribed, only here I see the same light the size of a star, solid, no blinking what so ever. One account i ran in the house an got my, nephew, niece, sister, an brother in-law we all saw this light an all the sudden as this light went across the sky in incredible speed it changed it's direction 3 seperate times almost doing what it looked like was a zig zag before completely vanishing. Now I live 5 min. from an Airport this was no plane I see the same light almost 3 or 4 times a month an never when the moon is full I don't know if the light from the moon makes it harder to see or what... I've been telling people of these sightings in which I cannot explian an they laugh but I know what I saw.
JR August 21, 2011 at 10:40 PM
Mr. Blount, I was doing a review and reread your comment of 7-13-2011. I wish to add something more to my previous response. Even though I like to kid about coffee and doughnuts with ET, I have to admit that I would feel exactly the same as you if it happened. I just wouldn't admit it to ET. And, ET might feel the same about you or me. ET would be vulnerable on a face to face basis with a non-ET. You and I would be ugly and mean looking to ET. WE would be the aliens. Yes, I bet ET would be as nervous as us. We don't have a good galactic reputation, I am sure. Too much war and hatred. Not enough forgiveness.Not enough openness. I just looked in the mirror. Yikes! I scared myself! Imagine how ET would feel!!! I hope the weather is good wherever you are, Mr. Blount. Ours gets crazy at times. All my best to you and your family.
robert ohop August 27, 2011 at 07:44 AM
When one appears right in front of you, at 4 a.m. And just hovers for about 2 minutes, then slowly turns transparent--disappears--, close enough to where you could see the (ribs) in the construction of the "ship", You'll believe. I only told a few people cause I can't stand even a hint of non-believers. I don't have time to hear, Maybe it was this,- Maybe it was that, If I had ANY question Maybe I'd be open for non-believers, But this is a case where---Don't even start, or attempt to change the truth.
JR August 27, 2011 at 01:42 PM
Please make a report to MUFON, Robert.
Wayne Wilson September 07, 2011 at 07:21 PM
I stood below a massive ufo in a horizontal position (50ft) from the surface. Despite the height, it was still "offloading" things onto the surface. Since I am a firm believer these events are not by chance, I have kept this location secret until such time as I can purchase a high-tech ground penetrating radar system ie; GPR. I would however offer this information to MUFON. There is much much more to this incident, of which Mr Royer would in fact have met someone that has had contact. Unfortunatly, it is never just a "event", and the only words I can use to describe this is., liken to our personal software being rewritten and our lives forever changed. In the case of UFO's, it is not prudent to be a "ambulance chaser", because you will be left with something that is against your ability to choose.
Barbara November 29, 2011 at 09:05 AM
Mr. Royer, I am interested in if you have any reports from Delaware. Just curious
Bob Gardner Sr. November 29, 2011 at 12:24 PM
Barbara: Mr. Royer has retired from MUFON, but I can assist you with Delaware Reports. My name is Bob Gardner & I am the MUFON State Director for Delaware. Please email me off list at cripplers08@aol.com and I will be glad to help you out. Thanks! Regards, Bob Gardner DE MUFON State Director PA MUFON Chief Investigator MUFON Field Investigator #12347 MUFON STAR Team Investigator Philadelphia, PA cripplers08@aol.com www.mufonpa.com www.mufon.com
Nicolas Enrique January 09, 2012 at 09:07 AM
Dear John Royer, Could you please contact me. I believe I saw a very similar sighting to the one you had above Emmaus High School. At about 1:30am last night, myself and 2 other friends were driving on cedar crest blvd. heading toward Emmaus High. Well, after just passing lower macungie road (next to camp olympic), we ALL saw a UFO (similar in description to what you saw). We made a U-turn and tried to follow it without much success. Please contact me, I would be more than glad to explain further: (Olivaren@lafayette.edu)
JR January 19, 2012 at 11:17 PM
Lyle, you and I need to talk. You said that you have not seen a UFO in years. When was that? I believe your use of the word "never" should have been the word "not." Not to worry, my friend, we all make errors. Call me at 610-965-4064. We can meet in a diner. We'll flip to see who buys.
JR January 19, 2012 at 11:20 PM
Seen anything since?
JR January 19, 2012 at 11:21 PM
Have you seen anything since?
JR January 19, 2012 at 11:21 PM
Have you seen anything since?
JR January 19, 2012 at 11:21 PM
Have you seen anything since?
JR January 19, 2012 at 11:22 PM
Have you seen anything since?
JR January 19, 2012 at 11:22 PM
Have you seen anything since?
JR January 19, 2012 at 11:23 PM
Have you seen anything since?
JR January 19, 2012 at 11:23 PM
Check Delaware MUFON.
JR January 19, 2012 at 11:24 PM
Mr. Royer is back after some mishaps of a family nature.
JR January 19, 2012 at 11:25 PM
Have you seen anything since?
Jules August 22, 2012 at 01:49 AM
At around 330am I went to smoke a cig out side my apt in Emmuas pa aug 21 and so a really bright star then toy amazement it started zigzagging in between two stars then it'd stop and look like a star again then it would move again sometimes straight up others sideways and straight down then it' would look like it was being pulled back up into the sky after taking several pics and blowing them up u can make out a clear shape of a ship of some sort - amazed
Dr. DiAnn Walker June 04, 2013 at 09:00 AM
I recently believe I saw a UFO! I live in California, and my front porch faces mountains. The last week in May, as I sat on my front porch with my brother watching the mountains, a long rectangle appeared from behind the clouds and stood motionless. I remarked to my brother, "look at that, it's not moving!" We watched it for several minutes, and I remarked, "what plan can remain motionless for that long?' I then looked to see if it were a banner, but then a banner would be pulled by a plan, again making it move across the sky, but it did not move. Suddenly a smaller rectangle appeared at the tail of this object, I again remarked to my brother, "Do you see that? He replied yes! I then ran to get the binoculars , and it took me about 30 seconds, but just as suddenly as it Appeared, it disappeared as a small plane flew by. Ever since that day, I have kept the binoculars close by! Having been in the military, I recognize a plane when I see one. I also retired from NASA so I know what I saw!!" By the way, the time was approximately 7:30 p.m. In the evening, not dark yet! Dr. DiAnn Walker


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