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On March 13th, 1997 hundreds of citizens in Phoenix, Arizona (USA),  experienced a unique phenomena of lights that has defied 'official' explanations.






The strange series of lights that occured over Phoenix o­n March 13th, 1997 have been the subject of numerous articles, books and debates.  Official evidence from the US Air Force has been overwhelmed by evidence from hundreds of observers who are convinced that the official explanation cannot be valid, as a result of their direct observations of the phenomena.  At least two books have been published, and a DVD is available o­n the event.

This would make an interesting topic for discussion, and a possible Case Study for 21st Century Science.  However, it is important that students consider a range of evidence, from a variety of sources, and that discussions, conclusions and evaluations are based o­n a scientific investigation into this phenomena.


Phoenix Lights by  Dr. Lynne Kitei (Amazon Link )

Book Description

" During the evening hours of March 13, 1997, thousands of Arizona residents witnessed a mile-long, v-shaped formation of lights flying in the skies overhead. The UFO sightings garnered headline news, catching the attention of both USA Today and the CBS Evening News with Dan Rather. o­ne person, however, was not surprised by the appearance of the lights. Dr. Lynne Kitei was simply grateful that a phenomenon she'd been witnessing--and documenting--for months was being validated by the experience of thousands of people statewide. After the incident, Dr. Kitei preferred to stay in the background, anonymously feeding information and video clips to the many news organizations who wanted in o­n the story. Now, for the first time, Dr. Kitei comes forward to tell her own story. "The Phoenix Lights" is an exhaustively researched look at the phenomenon, including dozens of astonishing photographs and Kitei's own take o­n the wider implications of this remarkable event. "


The Phoenix Lights Mystery by William Hamilton (Amazon Link )

Publishers Review

" Straight forward and fascinating look that separates the truth from the myth behind the lights that appeared over Phoenix AZ in 1997.

The Phoenix Lights, a series of UFO sightings that occurred o­n March 13, 1997 over the state of Arizona from sightings in the Northwest part of the state down a path to the Southeast and witnessed by thousands in the greater Phoenix area o­n the night that residents were out scanning the sky for the comet Hale-Bopp has gone down in history as o­ne of the most significant mass sighting events of the century.

William Hamilton personally witnessed o­ne of the numerous UFO events o­n that night and proceeded with an investigation of the witness reports along with Michael Tanner and Jim Diletosso of Village Labs where we could computer analyze video tapes of the lights, interview over 100 of the witnesses, and plot the times and locations of the sightings o­n a master map of the area. From this we concluded that up to ten UFO events had occurred o­n that day in separate locations at various times and that the reports o­n television, the stories in the newspapers, and the later Discovery Channel specials o­n the Phoenix Lights never told the whole story or showed the vast range of different objects seen o­n that signal occasion.

Some of the largest and most impressive unconventional airborne objects flew over o­ne of the largest metropolitan areas in the United States and the lack of response from the Air Force and local and state governments was dismissive as well as ridiculing the reports by observant witnesses. This book presents the whole story for the first time including the attempts to debunk the eyewitness testimony when the accounts show this mass sighting event to be o­ne of the century's unsolved mysteries."



Useful Links for a Case Study:

What were those lights in the Phoenix sky?  

UFO CaseBook 

UFO Evidence 

Phoenix Lights (Book Review) 

National UFO Reporting Center 

Phoenix Lights (Book Information) 

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