Phoenix Lights

Our Phoenix Lights, 2/18/13

Last night, we happened to go outside just as a series of strange lights passed over our house. When we first saw them, they were in a staggered zig-zag pattern. By the time I’d managed to get my dying cell phone to snap a picture, the lights had spread out to what you see above.

Neighbors were standing here and there to watch the sky too. At first I thought it was a huge group of helicopters, but my husband pointed out the lack of noise, plus the things were a very bright yellowish color.

Never saw anything like it.

After a while, I got creeped out and we hopped in the car to head off on our grocery-shopping errands. We made jokes about alien invasion and how weird Arizona can be. This state is a weird-magnet.

Eventually, the lights disappeared. Helicopters circled the area. We figured we’d see something on the news later. Nope. Not a thing. Can’t find anything about it online, other than old reports of the Phoenix Lights.

So, I’m blogging about it. Have you ever seen lights like this? Or anything else that made you consider the odds of UFOs checking out your neighborhood?

What do you think they are?


Filed under Arizona, Journal, Life, Photography, Science Fiction, Space, The Unknown

37 responses to “Phoenix Lights

  1. Renard Moreau

    [ Smiles ] Most intriguing!

  2. Those are very cool! From what I’ve read, the Phoenix Lights are one those phenomena that debunkers can’t satisfactorily disprove. Maybe they’re back!

  3. I saw what my dad described to me as shooting stars when I was a little girl in the 70’s! I thought they looked a bit like helicopters too, but they didn’t hover, they moved on, and were greenish in colour, fascinating to see, never seen this ever since then, and I don’t remember anyone else ever reporting seeing it at the time. My dad and some friends of his saw what they believed at the time was a UFO in the 1950’s (in Britain) my dad never made up stories so I believe he saw something very unusual, but I’m not a believer in UFO’s myself. I don’t find it impossible to believe there may be other planets out there with people living on them like we do, but this UFO thing all seems a bit silly really! But, what do I know, I’m only a human after all!! 😀

    • karengadient

      Oh, I totally believe that there are plenty of other planets out in space somewhere that have life on them. However, I can’t imagine why any of those lifeforms would trek it all the way here to hover over our neighborhood. The most exciting thing we have nearby is a field full of cows. Maybe the aliens just ran out of milk.

  4. Good reporting. I hope you capture another image to share.

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  6. syndees

    There are so many probabilities to UFOs and why they come to our world. I feel like they maybe interested in what we are doing, kind of weird to say but it’s like visiting a zoo, from a far. The lights could be government, but they wont tell. They use the typical weather balloon story. I hope you catch more footage!

    • karengadient

      I’d think they were lanterns or something, but they blinked out at the same time. I’ve got my video camera ready in case I see them again.

  7. So weird. I’ve heard of the lights before, but I’ve never seen anything like that myself.

    As a fellow Phoenician- time to move!

    • karengadient

      Oh, you’re here too? We should get together for coffee (before the aliens abduct us). Yeah, I’ve heard of this stuff but never got to see it. Really freaked me out. Cool, but weird!

      • Yeah, been here pretty much my whole life. That would be nice 🙂 Yeah, I’ve heard lots of weird stories like that. I agree, I think Phoenix/AZ is just a magnet for the abnormal. I can imagine how scary that would have been! That’s awesome that you grabbed a picture before they disappeared. And weird that it wasn’t on the news or anything.

    • karengadient

      ABC 15 followed me on Twitter. Maybe even read this. Yet I still haven’t been able to find news about it. I know our neighbors saw it too, so we weren’t hallucinating. Yep, Arizona is full of weird. I do love it here, though.

  8. syndees

    Wasn’t there some years ago with similar lights across Phoenix witnessed by many in the city. I wonder if there is a connection. My husband and I are planning to make a move to Arizona and settle down. I hope we get to experience this phenomena as well, that would be awesome!!

    • karengadient

      We’ve been here over a decade and this is the first time we’ve seen unexplained phenomena. Even if you don’t see UFOs much, Arizona is a beautiful place to live.

      • syndees

        Cool, I can’t wait to make the move, I’m a graphic artist too but not sure how the job market is in AZ, but at this point I am open to production or even office work in the time being. Just need a change, San Diego is a great place to visit but can’t really afford to live here anymore. Keep up the great work, I love your blog and designs 🙂

    • karengadient

      Thanks! Cost of living here is good compared to California. Creative job market might be a bit thinner, but there’s work to be found. Good luck!

  9. Interesting …. after reading your blog post I googled several things about this to see what I could find. Like you say though, information is pretty minimal.

    I saw that past Phoenix Lights have been attributed to flares being dropped from planes or balloons…or similiar thing such as military exercises.

    Still … it is strange indeed.

    What is really curious to me is why there is not a news item on it!

    • karengadient

      I read that too, when I went hunting for information later that night. But these lights were there for a long time and then went out simultaneously. Do I think they were aliens? Doubtful! But I’d love to know the truth about them.

  10. I’ve never seen anything like that. The only time I ever saw strange lights was when I was stationed in England (coincidentally at the same tiny base next to which was England’s most famous UFO sighting–which I think turned out to be an admitted hoax–at Rendlesham Forest [RAF Woodbridge]) That turned out to be one of those big “bat signal” like lights set up for a shopping center opening. The clouds/fog in that area did some funky things with light (contributing both to what I saw and probably the famous sighting.)

    • karengadient

      Very cool, what you were stationed near. I suspect what I saw was some kind of hoax too, but it was very bright and I honestly thought they were some kind of helicopters at first, except they were silent. There were twice as many as I captured in the picture. Still no news, but I’m glad we happened to be outside that night.

      • Rendlesham forest was where the UFO sighting was, it happened right off the back gate of the base. There was a lot of spookiness associated with that base. It was tiny but had a large runway because it was built in WWII to crash land damage aircraft. My understanding was their were some grizzly deaths during the war, so there were a lot of ghost stories as well.

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    Errr … sort of. But also, kind of like those award thingys. It just something that people have been doing on WordPress. Feel free to join in … or if time is being … well, time … then just enjoy the read and the tag.

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    • karengadient

      Emailed you about this. Thanks for thinking of me! Will do my best to participate, even if it’s not everything on the list.

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  16. No, have only thought about the governements scanning my hood! 🙂

  17. I know this is an old post but.. just wanna share what my parents just told me what they saw last night around west phoenix area (way out there and less populated). They said they saw about 50 lights spread out in the sky, they are too high for it to be lights from any building or mountain, and too low for it to be air crafts. Those lights appeared for 4-5 minutes, didn’t move at all and one after another slowly disappeared. It was weird. Who knows what it is.

    • karengadient

      It’s really freaky how many people I’ve met around here who’ve seen weird lights in the sky. I haven’t seen them since, but yeah… I’d say they were around for five minutes or so.

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