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Today in History - 3/13
jab684@cornell.edu
| March 13, 2013
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Today in History! - The Phoenix Lights were spotted above areas of Arizona, Nevada, and Mexico in 1997.

 

Sixteen years ago today the “Phoenix Lights” were spotted over, you guessed it, Phoenix. The Phoenix Lights were a series of unidentified flying objects observed in the skies over Arizona, Nevada, and even some areas of Mexico. These lights spanned about 300 miles and their descriptions vary between the thousands of people who saw them. There were two distinct events: first, a triangular formation of lights (resembling a carpenter square) passed over the state, and additionally, a series of stationary lights were seen in the Phoenix area. The second event was attributed to the US Air Force, and flares dropped by aircrafts completing training exercises. However, the first incident is still to be explained. The governor at the time, Fife Symington, even claimed to have seen the “otherwordly” objects.

Apparently video of this incident show the first set of lights moving as separate entities, and skeptics take this as proof that they were just airplanes, but who knows! Video from that night is either no longer available, or too poor quality to truly tell.

There were reports of the lights appearing again in 2007 and 2008, but these events were again attributed to military flares dropped by aircrafts and a civilian releasing helium balloons with flares attached.

So what do you think? Airplanes? UFOs? Mass hysteria? Leave me a comment on your thoughts!

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