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Phoenix Lights UFO mystery celebrates its 25th anniversary

By T.K. Randall
March 14, 2022 · Comment icon 227 comments

An image taken at the time of the original 1997 incident. Image Credit: Archive footage
It has been 25 years since a mass UFO sightings over Phoenix, Arizona captivated the world.
On March 13th, 1997, thousands of people witnessed either a series of stationary lights over the Phoenix, Arizona area or a set of lights in a triangular formation which passed over the state.

The phenomenon was also witnessed in neighboring Nevada and in the Mexican state of Sonora.

Even now, more than two decades later, the nature and origins of the Phoenix lights continue to remain a topic of heated debate. Some argue that the lights were extraterrestrial in nature, while others have dismissed the whole thing as little more than a routine military training exercise.

Some researchers have spent a large part of their lives attempting to determine what happened.
At the time, the United States Air Force identified the stationary lights as flares dropped by an A-10 Warthog aircraft, an explanation that has since been met with a considerable degree of controversy.

A similar phenomenon was also reported over the area in 2007 and 2008, however these were again attributed to military flares being dropped by aircraft from Luke Air Force Base.

The large object observed in the form of a triangular formation of lights, however, has seen fewer explanations, with even the governor of Arizona at the time describing it as "otherworldly."

Even today, much of what happened that night in 1997 remains shrouded in mystery.

Source: Phoenix Times | Comments (227)

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #218 Posted by jmccr8 1 year ago
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Comment icon #219 Posted by stereologist 1 year ago
Spinning devices have been used for a while to produce 3-D visuals. Notice that the blades spin at different heights to void leaving voids in the display
Comment icon #220 Posted by jmccr8 1 year ago
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Comment icon #221 Posted by Nobu 1 year ago
Like I said just wait. I can explain what I think they are doing…. But honestly? Here? With you people I have no respect for? What’s the point? I don’t care what you think.
Comment icon #222 Posted by Golden Duck 1 year ago
Oh thank you!  We were all waiting here, with baited breath, pondering the great mystery of whether, or not, Nobu cared to lets us know if they care to share their insights. I only wish there was a way of expressing unbounded gratitude that you condescended to tap a keyboard 172 times to grace us with the knowledge that confirms your apathy. What a time, it is, for us honoured witnesses to be alive.
Comment icon #223 Posted by Trelane 1 year ago
That's his schtick. He comes into a thread has a moan about other posters and then waddles off to do the same elsewhere. Proponents of the extraterrestrial side of the debate consistently fail in their supporting arguments. The only thing consistent with them is the inconsistency of how they spin the events (locations, witnesses' accounts, numbers of witnesses, etc.) It's really another example of the psychological need or desire for those to use the fantastical to explain the mundane.
Comment icon #224 Posted by stereologist 1 year ago
Obviously you know nothing about physics. Thanks
Comment icon #225 Posted by Vaz 1 year ago
The USAF base detected an object.  They sent fighters up to investigate and the pilots came back spooked and the base went into lockdown.  After this the flares were dropped as a smoke screen.  Note this was only the later event.  The earlier event was just as significant as there are many witnesses.  Anything else is just armchair conjecture. It's all here:    
Comment icon #226 Posted by Trelane 1 year ago
Yes, I'm sure it's really all there. Likely more speculation and rehashed garbage. Hard pass,
Comment icon #227 Posted by badeskov 1 year ago
Yeah, on this very forum this non incident has been been explained in excruciating detail. We *know* what happened during both sightings and why. So why are we even revisiting this?

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