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Occurred : 5/18/2005 22:00 (Entered as : 05/18/2005 22:00)
Reported: 5/20/2005 12:49:11 AM 00:49
Posted: 5/24/2005
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Shape: Light
Duration:30 min.
Phoenix Lights again over North Phoenix both yellowish orange and red near Deer Valley Airport.

I work as a night security guard just north of Deer Valley Airport in North Phoenix. I have seen the "Phoenix Lights" many times from this location and a few others, perhaps altogether 12 times total.

I saw them again last night (5-18-05) around 10:00pm just southwest of Deer Valley Airport over the city. It was hard to get an exact count of the number of lights involved, but I counted at least 5 which hovered stationary for about 10-15 minutes in exactly the same spot.

Eventually, a small plane which had come in for a landing at the airport swooped back up and headed in the direction of the lights; the lights faded out one by one as the small plane approached them. One of the lights seemed to pulsate red in light color while the others were yellowish orange.

In past sightings I had seen these lights in more of an amber color. Based on the color of the amber street lights both near and far (because there is a light refraction effect due to the atmosphere causing slight change in color over distance) and the observable size comparison between the "Phoenix Lights" and the street lights, I estimate that the "Phoenix Lights" would have to have been at least three feet in diameter and at least three miles from my location.

As student with a physics major at ASU, after my last sighting I had devised this basic concept in order to guage the size of what I was seeing. I know that this is not a concrete method and is only a somewhat successful estimate. I will be conducting some experiments along this line which may give me a more solid premise. The real key here is exactly what color light was actually being emitted and consequently refracted, so I have used past experiences as a model for the test method.

Over a year ago I had witnessed the lights in front of South Mountain which I later measured with my tripometer in my car to have been no more than ten miles away. Based on my recollection of the color and size from that experience and this new experience, I have come to the conclusion that the light source must be somewhere between 5 to 15 feet in diameter most likely. Hopefully, I will have devised a more precise guaging method by the next time I see them.

During this siting the lights did appear once more about 15 minutes later much farther away and appearing more orange in color; the duration of this second instance was approximately two minutes. If my estimates are correct, these are not common flares as so many debunkers (I believe someone from NUFORC even attested to these lights having been flares on Coast to Coast AM if I am not mistaken because of a statement from what was referred to as a credible source's observation) have testified in the past.

I have seen these lights do some amazing things in the past with formations and maneuvers. According to my estimates of size, these light sources would have to be remotely flown or possibly manned flights. My curiosity is piqued.