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THE PHOENIX LIGHTS

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I meant to post this last week on the anniversary, of sorts, but real life got in the way
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On March 13, 1997, thousands of people witnessed a procession of mysterious lights above the states of Arizona and Nevada.
THE PHOENIX LIGHTS were really two occurrences. One was a distinctly triangular formation, followed later by a series of stationary lights. Photos were taken, film was shot. Policemen confirmed the sightings, and people came out of their homes and stood staring at the sky in awe. Even the Republican governor of Arizona at the time admitted he’d seen it.

I distinctly remember when this was reported and shown on the news channels, and all the reactions nationwide ranging from ridicule to sheer childlike excitement.
And of course, the debunkers soon made their voices heard. There were even witnesses who swore they’d seen military aircraft cross the skies soon afterward, and attempt to drop flares in similar formations.

So the question is…have you ever seen something unusual in your skies?
No need to label it or go into detail, and feel free to post anonymously if you wish.
I’d have no problem with that—or with admitting that I have.

19 Responses to “THE PHOENIX LIGHTS

  1. A couple of decades ago, there was a UFO sighting in New Zealand over the Cook Strait between the North and the South Islands. It was taken very seriously and reported worldwide in the paper because the sighting was made by several airforce pilots who all corroborated each other’s stories.
    Personally I have seen nothing, not even Superman flying by.

  2. Bernita says:

    Briefly, never seen ALP’s.

  3. BernardL says:

    I saw a UFO back in 1973, the summer after my return from the service, in Ohio. I was out tossing a Frisbee to my dog, while preparing my car and motorcycle trailer for a move to California. It was dark, and a huge sphere flew over my parents’ house with only a low humming noise. I ran to the house and roused both my parents to the door, my Dad cussing me out because of the interruption to his favorite TV show. He saw the thing hovering, and his face went blank. He goes, ‘what the hell is that?’. The incongruous part is it had multi-colored running lights. It hovered low over our neighborhood for what seemed a long time. Next morning, the sighting was reported by a lot of people in our local paper, and the Tribune confirmed with local airports and traffic control there were no dirigibles or similar aircraft known to be in the air at the time. Since the thought of aliens floating around in futuristic spacecraft with running lights seemed ridiculous, I’ve never given the sighting much thought. The fact something so huge could hover so low with only a low humming noise, was pretty strange. :)

  4. Saw a strange light in the sky over Taos, NM, while driving back to Santa Fe. My mom and I thought it was a street light, but when we got closer it just disappeared. No idea what it was.

  5. ET says:

    Phone Home

  6. Amie says:

    Never seen anything–that I know of–but there was a recent to-do here in West Texas about some lights and of course the famous Marfa Lights. I think it would be extremely ethnocentric of us to think that God, in her infinite wisdom, only populated one planet :yesyesyes:

  7. Raine says:

    That’s interesting, Suzanne. They’re never taken seriously here, and are often followed by the most ludicrous explanations you could imagine.
    They’d almost be funny—if it weren’t for the fact that I feel like they’re treating the public like a batch of idiots, and that pisses me off. :hushyourmouth:

  8. Raine says:

    …never seen ALP’s…

    I’m starting to feel a little lonely here… :sad:

  9. Raine says:

    Phone Home

    My phone card’s expired! :razz:

  10. Raine says:

    I think it would be extremely ethnocentric of us to think that God, in her infinite wisdom, only populated one planet

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! :yesyesyes:

  11. Raine says:

    The fact something so huge could hover so low with only a low humming noise, was pretty strange. :)

    Bernard, I would love to have seen your dad’s face!! :grin:

  12. Raine says:

    …but when we got closer it just disappeared. No idea what it was.

    Thanks for sharing, Jordan! I love the stuff that leaves you wondering. :smile:

  13. I saw something hovering briefly in the night sky when I was on a date as a teenager back in Chicago. Metallic, triangular shaped with lights underneath and then it sped away like a flash. I was with the boy who’s now my husband. He doesn’t remember the incident at all. But then he rarely remembers what I said to him just yesterday. LOL There was a small mention of the sighting in the newspaper the next morning but nothing ever came of it. I was excited and felt sure it was a UFO but, as an insecure teen, I felt I’d be made fun of if I said anything to my friends, so I kept it to myself.

    I’m very open to possibilities, whether of the extraterrestrial kind, the supernatural, etc. While I don’t go searching for strange phenomenon, I do find the topic utterly fascinating.

  14. Raine says:

    I’m very open to possibilities, whether of the extraterrestrial kind, the supernatural, etc.

    Good to see you, and good on you, Daisy, that’s a great attitude to have!
    And you were right—it WAS a UFO, since it was unidentified.
    No need to call it anything else. :cool:

  15. Billy says:

    I’ve always been fascinated by UFOs and the Phoenix lights have to be one of the more intriguing phenomena since they were seen by so many. The triangle flew over residential neighborhoods at low altitudes, blotting out the sky. The “flare people” seem to ignore this aspect. I love most UFO shows on the History Channel–love that Stanton Friedman guy, who will answer email. I think the government knows quite a bit. Obviously a cover-up. I wish I would see one.

  16. Raine says:

    I’ve heard of Friedman, Billy. His name is mentioned fairly regularly on the Coast-to-Coast radio show.

    And yes, I’m sure the government certainly knows more than they’re saying.

    I hope you get to see one someday too! It’s…awe-inspiring.
    I was fortunate enough to have someone with me when I saw one—and people STILL didn’t believe us.

  17. Billy says:

    Raine, it’s the damed anal probes that worry me. Can’t these skinny dudes come up with something a little more original than the same old proctologist exam! Cosmo would have to give them a zilch for creativity. This discounts the tabloid headline of ALIEN MAKES LOVE TO BIGFOOT. Was Dom Perignon involved? Did they have a ciggy afterwards? Hope bigfoot was the female -:)

  18. Raine says:

    Billy, LOL!! :grin:

    Well, it could be worse…
    In the Betty and Barney Hill story, Barney was treated to an “examination” on another rather sensitive part of his body.
    :shock:

  19. Billy says:

    Betty and Barney–what a fabulous report they gave after hypnosis, Raine. Totally credible, imho. The grays should be a little more polite, however, before going for the genitals–well, maybe they have an “third abduction rule” before becoming intimate–but the real test of whether or not I’ll give ‘em a wink back is whether they like the Beatles. If not, they can hightail it back to Tau Ceti or Zeta Reticuli or whatever was on the map that Betty reproduced….. but the cigar-shaped crafts, btw. These little folks sure are Freudian. And they can’t drive worth a damn. You’d think an advanced culture would stop crashing everywhere, like Roswell and Kecksburg, etc. But I guess anal probes have that effect on some people -:)