Saturday, March 13, 2010

The Phoenix Lights

When involving UFOs and other paranormal fields, cases with many witnesses are rare and the sightings are hard to confirm. A photograph or two to is lending more credibility to witness, but it is often hard authenticate it. But there cases where multiple photographs and videos have been made, taken by many witnesses. One of the best known cases of this is the case of the so-called Phoenix Lights on March 13, 1997.

Image top-left: A drawing of the object appeared in USA Today.

SEEN FROM NEVADA TO ARIZONA
Many people in the Phoenix area had gathered outside to try to catch a glimpse of the Hale-Bopp comet who was going to be visible, and many also cameras to capture this celestial event. But the Hale-Bopp wouldn’t be the night’s main event. But earlier on the day, sightings of an unknown V-shaped craft had already come in from Henderson, Nevada, Prescott and Prescott Valley and Dewey, about 75 miles north of the city it was headed for, Phoenix. Witnesses in these areas had reported a very large V-shaped craft with lights underneath.

This V-shaped craft finally reached Phoenix and was observed by many people, the city council actually received over 700 reports, as is slowly moved over Phoenix. This time, the craft were reported to be a mile wide V or boomerang shaped craft. But the sightings over Phoenix wouldn’t end with giant solid craft, and this time photographic evidence would be caught. Soon after the craft had passed over the city, a series of lights appeared, one by one, and would later also extinguishes one by one. This was captured on tape and is often showed in UFO documentaries.

FLARES AN UNLIKLEY EXPLNATION
In event of this magnitude, it was just a figure of time before the military would become involved in this incident. The military’s standpoint have been since that day that the first incident involving the giant craft was only fighter jets in a V-shaped formation and that the secondary incident were nothing more than series of flares dropped by a A-10 "Warthog". But when comparing what witnesses observed to how flares, several flaws can be found. First, it was reported that lights moved in unison, something flares doesn’t do. Neither do they fall to ground and fly back up into the air. And secondary, there were reports of hovering lights hours before the military launched the flares.

The Phoenix case is unique among other UFO cases, the share amount of witnesses and photographic evidence is astonishing compared to other incidents. But still, no good explanation has been given on what was seen by thousands of witnesses in Phoenix on March 13, 1997. The case remains unexplained.

One of the most famous videos from that day:

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