The Phoenix Lights Mystery: A UFO Sighting Phenomenon in Arizona

An Investigation into the 1997 Phoenix Lights Event, Witness Accounts, and Government Explanations

L. Small
5 min readApr 15


V-shaped craft seen during the Phoenix lights incident of 1997. Source.

There have been many UFO sightings that have occurred around the world. However, out of all those sightings, only a few were witnessed by many people. Well, the UFO sighting phenomenon known as the Phoenix Lights that occurred in Arizona in 1997 is one of them. We have previously discussed several cases of alien or UFO sightings. However, usually in those cases, only one or a few people claimed to have seen it firsthand. Moreover, in some cases, there was no evidence at all to support it. This created doubt and skepticism among the public.

But did you know that in 1997, the inhabitants of Arizona, United States, were agitated by the sighting of strange lights in the night sky? The sighting was witnessed not only by ordinary people but also by journalists, police, military personnel, and even the Governor of Arizona at that time, Fife Symington (1991–1997). This spectacular sight has been well documented and has been the subject of debate for years.

Phoenix Lights, 1997


The Phoenix Lights, also known as the Lights over Phoenix, were a UFO sighting that occurred in Phoenix, Arizona, and Sonora, Mexico, on Thursday, March 13, 1997.

Thousands of people reported seeing a UFO described as a large V-shaped object with six lights, the size of an airplane, flying across the sky between 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. local time. The sighting was seen within a radius of about 300 miles, from Nevada through Phoenix to the edge of Tucson.

A witness said they saw the object, which was also witnessed by a police officer in Paulden, Arizona, at around 8:15 p.m., flying towards the south. Soon afterwards, many other witnesses reported seeing the same object, which they described as a solid object blocking the stars as it passed by. They also reported that the object was extremely large.



L. Small

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