Tom Sanger and Gene Coleman were out in a remote mountain location in Tucson, Arizona, on Independence Day -- Fourth of July -- when they captured, with night-vision equipment, several minutes of video showing UFO lights in the sky over the mountains.
The video showing the strange lights has left experts in UFO and paranormal phenomena debating what the men witnessed. Some UFO enthusiasts have suggested that aliens might have chosen a remote location for an Independence Day visitation.
Open Minds-TV reports that Sanger and Coleman were skywatching with their night-vision cameras at the Sabino Canyon parking lot near the Santa Catalina Mountains in Tucson, when they noticed three strange UFO lights that hovered statically in the sky.
Sanger, who was carrying a Luna Optics LN-DM50-HRSD color night vision camera, began filming the strange sight. He explained that his camera works optimally at 5x magnification, but is capable of 20x magnification.
Sanger's video shows the three UFO lights. Note that the clip shows different dates and times from July 4, because the men never bothered to set the correct date and time on their equipment.
Sanger's footage shows out-of-focus lights on the far right of the screen which he explained came from radio towers on the mountains. The lights to the left were the strange UFO lights they reported observing that night.
The lack of clarity of the footage, according to Sanger, was because he zoomed in too closely on the UFO lights. The three lights coalesced into one big light as he adjusted his camera to focus on them. But the cameras resolved the big light into three separate lights in other parts of the video.
Sanger's partner also filmed the lights using a Pulsar black and white night-vision camera. His video also shows lights from the radio tower on the right. The UFO lights appear on the left as a single big light because his camera was unable to separate them into three lights.
According to Open Minds-TV reporter Alejandro Rojas, Coleman confirmed Sanger's observation that there were actually three lights.
The lights disappeared after 15 minutes and appeared once again about 27 minutes later. Sanger did not film all of the first 15 minutes because his camera ran out of memory while shooting.
Part of his filming was also interrupted by cars entering the parking lot.
Coleman captured the second sighting in a separate clip. The men described the second sighting as "five white lights in a row with various flashes and lights showing up here and there."
The lights hovered above the radio towers silently for several minutes before they disappeared mysteriously.
As part of investigations, the pair returned during daylight, with maps to determine what could have caused the lights. They concluded that the lights came from the desert behind the mountains.
Sanger shot a video of the area in daylight that shows the radio towers to the right. He estimated that the tower lights were about 8-10 miles away, and that the UFOs were probably about 30 miles away, right in the middle of the wilderness.
"... the tower lights being only 8 to 10 miles away were out of focus badly and the UFO was in focus which is the same focus that is correct with this particular camera for stars, satellites and far away airplanes. Thus I would guess this UFO was at least 30 miles out which would put it over absolute wilderness desert and means it would be huge."The men confirmed that Tucson's airport and Air Force base are located to the south of the Sabino Canyon, but they were shooting to the northeast in the direction of the desert, an uninhabited wilderness with no human settlements, airports, or military installations for hundreds of miles.
"Sabino Canyon leads right up into the Catalinas. Beyond the mountains is desert wilderness. I just looked at a map and there are absolutely no cities or towns anywhere in the direction the lights were seen for literally hundreds of miles. No airports or military bases at all."In the effort to explain the lights, Rojas considered several man-made light sources, such as drone and car lights. He ruled out the possibility that the lights were car lights, pointing out that in such environment, a moving car's light would usually go on and off as the it passes behind natural obstacles, such as trees.
With regard to the suggestion that the lights could have been drones from the nearby Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Rojas pointed out that the lights were static, unlike lights from a flying object.
Finally, he concluded that because it was July 4, there is the possibility that the lights were fireworks.
But it is easy to doubt that the lights were firework, as Sanger does. Besides the fact that they appeared "way out above wilderness areas," fireworks are quite different in appearance from static lights in the sky.
Sanger also shot a video showing lights (below) from jets in the same area for comparison. The lights were recorded by Sanger with the same night vision equipment. They look obviously unlike the UFO lights.
UFO enthusiasts continue to scrutinize the video for a clue about what caused the lights, but no one has come up with a likely suggestion.
What do you think?
[Images: YouTube / Tom Sanger and Gene Coleman]