The Phoenix Lights sometimes called the " Lights over Phoenix " were a series of widely sighted unidentified flying objects observed in the skies over the U.
Lights of varying descriptions were seen by thousands of people between There were two distinct events involved in the incident: The United States Air Force identified the second group of lights as flares dropped by A Warthog aircraft that were on training exercises at the Barry Goldwater Range Phoenix session 4 25 completely unexplainable dating southwest Arizona.
Witnesses claim to have observed a huge carpenter's square -shaped UFO containing five spherical lights or possibly light-emitting engines.
Fife Symington the governor at the time, was one witness to this incident; he later called the object "otherworldly. The lights were reported to have reappeared in andbut these events were quickly attributed to respectively military flares dropped by fighter aircraft at Luke Air Force Base   and flares attached to helium balloons released by a civilian.
He said it was about the "size of a Boeing ", sounded like "rushing wind",  and had six lights on its leading edge.
The lights reportedly traversed northwest to the southeast. An unidentified former police officer from Paulden, Arizonais claimed to have been the next person to report a sighting, after leaving his house at about As he was driving north, he allegedly saw a cluster of reddish or orange lights in the sky,
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Each of the individual lights in the formation appeared to the witness to consist of two separate point sources of orange light. He returned home and through binoculars watched the lights until they disappeared south over
Phoenix session 4 25 completely unexplainable dating horizon. Lights were also reportedly seen in the areas of Prescott and Prescott Valley. John Kaiser was standing outside with his wife and sons in Prescott Valley when they noticed a cluster of lights to the west-northwest of their position.
The lights formed a triangular pattern, but all of them appeared to be red, except the light at the nose of the object, which was distinctly white. The object, or objects, which had been observed for approximately 2 to 3 minutes with binoculars, then passed directly over the observers, were seen to "Bank to the right", and then disappeared in the night sky to the southeast of Prescott Valley.
The altitude could not be determined; however, the object was fairly low and made no sound whatsoever. At first, the lights appeared to them five separate and distinct lights in an arc-shape, as if they were on top of a balloon, but Phoenix session 4 25 completely unexplainable dating soon realized that the lights appeared to be moving towards them.
Over the next ten or so minutes, the lights appeared to come closer, the distance between the lights increased, and they took on the shape of an upside down V. Eventually, when the lights appeared to be Phoenix session 4 25 completely unexplainable dating couple of miles away, the witnesses could make out a shape that looked like a degree squarewith the five lights set into it, with one at the front and two on each side.
Soon, the object with the embedded lights appeared to be coming right down the street where they lived, about to feet 30 to 45 meters above them, traveling so slowly that it appeared to hover and was silent. The object then seemed to pass over their heads and went through a V opening in the peaks of the mountain range towards Squaw Peak Mountain and toward the direction of Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.
When the triangular formation entered the Phoenix area, Bill Greiner, a cement driver hauling a load down a mountain north of Phoenix, described the second group of lights: A report came from a young man in the Kingman area who stopped his car at a payphone to report the incident.
A repeat of the lights occurred February 6,and was recorded by the local Fox News television station. On April 21,lights were again reported over Phoenix by local residents. A valley resident reported that shortly after the lights appeared, three jets were seen heading west in the direction of the lights. Imagery the Phoenix falls into two categories: Almost all known images are of the second event.
All known images were produced using a variety of commercially available camcorders and cameras.
There are no known images taken by equipment designed for scientific analysis, nor are there any known images taken using high powered optics or night vision equipment.
Television station KSAZ reported that an individual named Richard Curtis recorded a detailed video that purportedly showed the
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The only other known video is of poor quality and shows a group of lights with no Phoenix session 4 25 completely unexplainable dating visible. During the Phoenix event, numerous still photographs and videotapes were made, distinctly showing a series of lights appearing at a regular interval, remaining illuminated for several moments and then going out.
These images have been repeatedly aired by documentary television channels such as the Discovery Channel and the History Channel as part of
Phoenix session 4 25 completely unexplainable dating UFO documentary programming. The most Phoenix session 4 25 completely unexplainable dating seen sequence shows what appears to be an arc of lights appearing one by one, then going out one by one.
Other similar sequences reportedly taken over a half hour period show differing numbers of lights in a V or arrowhead array. Thousands of witnesses throughout Arizona also reported a silent, mile wide V or boomerang shaped craft with varying numbers of huge orbs. A significant number of witnesses reported that the craft was silently gliding directly overhead at low altitude.
The first-hand witnesses consistently reported that the lights appeared as "canisters of swimming light", while the underbelly of the craft was undulating "like looking through water". UFO advocate Jim Dilettoso claimed to have performed " spectral analysis " of photographs and video imagery that proved the lights could not have
Phoenix session 4 25 completely unexplainable dating produced by a man-made source. Dilettoso claimed to have used software called "Image Pro Plus" exact version unknown to determine the amount of red, green and blue in the various photographic and video images and construct histograms of the data, which were then compared to several photographs known to be of flares.
Several sources have pointed out, however, that it is impossible to determine the spectral signature of a light source based solely on photographic or video imagery, as film and
Phoenix session 4 25 completely unexplainable dating inherently alter the spectral Phoenix session 4 25 completely unexplainable dating of a light source by shifting hue in the visible spectrum, and experts in spectroscopy have dismissed his claims as being scientifically invalid.
The maker of "Image Pro Phoenix session 4 25 completely unexplainable dating, Media Cybernetic, has stated that its software is incapable of performing spectroscopic analysis. Cognitech, an independent video laboratory, superimposed video imagery taken of the Phoenix Lights onto video imagery it shot during daytime from the same location. In the composite image, the lights are seen to extinguish at the moment they reach the Estrella mountain rangewhich is visible in the daytime, but invisible in the footage shot at night.
A broadcast by local Fox Broadcasting Company affiliate KSAZ-TV claimed to have performed a similar test that showed the lights were in front of the mountain range and suggested that the Cognitech data might have been altered.
Paul Scowen, visiting professor of Astronomy at Arizona State Universityperformed a third analysis using daytime imagery overlaid with video shot of the lights and his findings were consistent with Cognitech. The Phoenix New Times subsequently reported the television station had simply overlaid two video Phoenix session 4 25 completely unexplainable dating on a video editing machine without using a computer to match the zoom and scale of the two images.
There is some controversy as to how best to classify the reports on the night in question. Some are of opinion that the differing nature of the eyewitness reports indicates that several unidentified objects were in the area, each of which was its own separate "event".
This is largely dismissed by skeptics as an over-extrapolation from the kind of deviation common in necessarily subjective eyewitness accounts. The media and most skeptical investigators have largely preferred to split the sightings into two distinct classes, a first and second event, for which two separate explanations are offered:. This event started at about Proponents of two separate events propose that the first event still has no provable explanation, but that some evidence exists that the lights were in fact airplanes.
According to an article by reporter Janet Gonzales that appeared in the Phoenix New Timesvideotape of the v shape shows the lights moving as separate entities, not as a single object; a phenomenon known as illusory contours can cause the human eye to see unconnected lines or dots as forming a single shape. Mitch Stanley, an amateur astronomer, observed high altitude lights flying in formation using a Dobsonian telescope giving 43x magnification. After observing the lights, he told his mother, who was present at the time, that the lights were aircraft.
When Stanley first gave an account of his observation at the Discovery Channel Town Hall Meeting with all the witnesses there he was shouted down in his assertion that what he saw was what other witnesses saw.
Obviously Stanley was seeing the Maryland National Guard jets flying in formation on their way to drop high-altitude flares at the Barry M. Goldwater bombing range south of Phoenix. His account as to the nature of the lights that moved in formation that night is contradicted by several thousand Phoenix residents without high powered telescopes, however, and no military or civilian aircraft formations were known to have been flying in the area at that time.
Additionally, Prescott AZ includes the western campus of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University where flight training occurs with a large fleet of light aircraft. An additional whispered theory on campus is that the aircraft in formation were ERAU aircraft flying in formation with transponders and lights off as a prank.
The second event was the set of nine lights appearing to "hover" over the city of Phoenix at around 10 pm. The second event has been more thoroughly covered by the media, due in part to the numerous video images taken of the lights.
This was also observed by numerous people who may have thought they were seeing the same lights as those reported earlier. According to this explanation, the flares would have been visible in Phoenix and appeared to hover due Phoenix session 4 25 completely unexplainable dating rising heat from the burning flares creating a "balloon" effect on their parachutes, which slowed the descent.
Ed Jones, responding to a March media query, confirmed that he had flown one of the aircraft in the formation that dropped flares on the night in Phoenix session 4 25 completely unexplainable dating. A history of the Maryland Air National Guard published in asserted that the squadron, the th Fighter Squadronwas responsible for incident.
Military flares   such as these can be seen from hundreds of miles given ideal environmental conditions. Later comparisons with known military flare drops were reported on local television stations, showing similarities between the known military flare drops and the Phoenix Lights. Bruce Maccabee did an Phoenix session 4 25 completely unexplainable dating triangulation of the four videotapes, determining that the objects were near or over the Goldwater Proving Grounds.
Blonder has worked with Dr. Maccabee to fully include his sighting position in the triangulation report. Maccabee has also refined three other sighting positions and line of sights in There was minimal news coverage at the time of the incident. In Phoenix, a small number of local news outlets noted the event, but it received little attention beyond Phoenix session 4 25 completely unexplainable dating. The case quickly caught the popular imagination and has since become a staple of UFO-related documentary television, including specials produced by the History Channel and the Discovery Channel.
He proceeded to make light of the situation by bringing his aide on stage dressed in an alien costume. But in MarchSymington said that he had witnessed one of the "crafts of unknown origin" during the event, although he did not go public with the information.
It was bigger than anything that I've ever seen. It remains a great mystery. Other people saw it, responsible people. I don't know why people would ridicule it". Who knows where it came from? A lot of people saw it, and I saw it too.
And it couldn't have been flares because it was too symmetrical. It had a geometric outline, a constant Symington also noted that he requested information from the commander of Luke Air Force Basethe general of the National Guardand the head of the Department of Public Safety.
But none of the officials he contacted had an answer for what had happened, and were also perplexed. And it was certainly not high-altitude flares because flares don't fly in formation". The response was "no comment". He pointed out that he was the governor of Arizona at the time, not just some ordinary civilian. Frances Barwood, the Phoenix city councilwoman who launched an investigation into the event, said that of the over witnesses she interviewed, "The government never interviewed even one".
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