Is the Media Ignoring a Stunning Set of UFO Images?

Is the Media Ignoring a Stunning Set of UFO Images?

Some intriguing images snapped by a photographer in Colorado have been causing a quite a bit of discussion online this week, but the real question is why they haven’t been causing more commotion in the media.

Professional photographer Greg Archer took a few shots of a lightning storm over Castle Rock, Colorado on the 6th of this month, but the most striking objects in the photo aren’t the streaks of lightning tearing through the sky, but rather the mysterious lights hovering uniform high above the tree line. Archer sent the shots to Intrepid Magazine, but his first stop was his local Fox News affiliate.

“The pictures were picked up by Fox News, who never ran the story,” Archer told Intrepid. “According to NORAD and the Air Force Operations Center, all flights, including military, were grounded at the time. There is no mountain there, only hills that reside much lower than the lights. The lights appeared when I wasn’t looking and slowly faded away 20 minutes later. So far a meteorologist is dumb-founded and the Air Force Can’t (won’t?) explain.”


Thus far, theories on the lights have ranged from reflections, ball lightning, aircraft, all the way to cloaked alien ship. So, what do you think the lights are? Any photography experts want to take a crack at it? Do you think the media is intentionally ignoring these images? I’m sure that we, the readers, and the folks over at Intrepid would love to hear your thoughts.

For more information the lights, check in with our pals over at The Gralien Report, who covered the topic (along with a whole bunch of new updates), on their most recent podcast.


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  1. Jake

    07/12/2012 at 5:58 AM

    Looks like the same lights from the Phoenix “V” I can’t really make outashape from this angle, but maybe they’re related.

    • alanborky

      07/13/2012 at 3:13 PM

      Jake I don’t wan’o worry y’u mate but there’s a giant dog on your shoulder!

  2. Jeff Davis

    07/13/2012 at 1:29 PM

    Somehow, I’m think “stunning” is a bit much here. Intriguing, maybe. Points, or blobs of light at a very considerable distance is not quite stunning IMO. More like typical.

  3. Peter Evans

    07/13/2012 at 1:41 PM

    Hot pixels caused by the heat build up on the camera’s CCD caused by a long exposure used to capture multiple lightning strikes. Pretty clear example of something that happens often with longer exposures.

  4. alanborky

    07/13/2012 at 3:11 PM

    If it’s ball lightning/plasma related then why’s the lightning itself so irregular and chaotic but the ‘ball lightnings”s arranged almost with perfect precision like snooker balls set up on a blue baize table for a trick shot?

    That little slightly off ‘right angle’ at the left end’s a bit odd too.

    And if the scale of the lightning’s anything to go by those ‘lights’ must be huge I tells y’u!

    Reminds me of an early version of Pong adapted for video snooker.

    Or the row of little red marks they put on British meter mail.

    Odd odd odd!

  5. Ron Nussbeck

    07/13/2012 at 5:38 PM

    The photo taken has 327 pixels in a 6×10 photo, there are 8 UFO’s in the photo. The UFO’s are nearly 3 miles behind the lighting strike and Hot pixels from heat build up on the camera’s CCD from a long exposure did not create a false image of UFO’s. I enlarged the image 1500% and found the objects to be solid blocking out the sky behind them. The object were matalic as they reflected the flash of lighting, this means something real was there or light would not have reflected off of it. One of the UFO’s were behind an arm of the lighting bolt also giving credibility to the solidity. The distance also veried from the camera to each UFO, some close while others very far away. Conclusion, these UFO’s are just that and remain a mystery but are definitly not conventional air craft.

    • jmac

      08/13/2012 at 6:36 PM

      Your an idiot nussbeck. There’s 9 dots dumbshit.

  6. Roger D

    07/14/2012 at 8:33 AM

    I am an admitted skeptic who is looking for a mundane explanation for these dots, but any valid explanation has to account for these facts:

    1. This was a 10 second exposure, but the dots do not show any appreciable motion blurring.

    2. A second photo was taken about 5 minutes later. After rotating that photo about 3 degrees, the dots are seen to be in precisely the same position relative to each other.

    3. Although the dots in the second photo haven’t moved relative to each other, they have moved to the left relative to the horizon, so there was some slow motion.

    4. The 3-degree rotation of the horizon proves that the camera was rotated slightly in the second photo, but the dot pattern is still aligned with the horizon, not the image frame, indicating that the dots are not any kind of camera artifact like hot spots or internal reflections. (If they were camera artifacts, they would have rotated with the camera.)

    5. Another photo from the same spot in daytime shows that the dots were up in the sky, not on the side of a mountain as some proposed.

    I agree that these photos aren’t exactly “stunning” but these facts rule out all of the explanations I’ve seen so far such as planes, ball lightning, and hot pixels. This one ain’t that easy.

  7. SylverWyrd

    07/14/2012 at 2:36 PM

    I’m a fan of the plasma life-form theory. The lightning only adds to the theory.

  8. Mike

    07/16/2012 at 11:36 AM

    The ‘media’ has ignored countless events involving aerial phenomena over the years. They are a critical cog when it comes to command and control of the population. The so-called ‘free press’ died long ago. Today, they operate as a direct mechanism on the population; feeding preferred information and ignoring that which their paymasters wish to keep obscured.

    That last truth is not limited to UFOs by any means. It just happens that it is one of the more obvious cases when something that SHOULD be reported, never is.

  9. Nancy

    07/20/2012 at 9:16 AM

    Very cool! At first my eye just saw the beautiful lightning. Then I went back and as plain as day were the beauts lying in such a perfect line. Thanks to some of our inhouse experts, I am leaning toward UFOs. That is UNIDENTIFIED flying objects because we have not identified them, right?

  10. Roger D

    07/22/2012 at 3:27 PM

    Greg Archer, the original photographer, graciously provided me with copies of the raw files, and from them, the mystery has been solved: These are internal camera reflections.

    Here is a reduced (but uncropped) version of one of the raw files. I have enlarged the lights in question to make them more visible.

    Note that directly opposite the center of the image from the lights in question is a building with several bright parking lot lights. When the lights in question are mirror-imaged (flipped horizontally and vertically) and then enlarged by about 7%, they perfectly overlay the parking lot lights, as shown in this animated GIF file:

    The same is true for the lights in the second photo:

    The opposite-from-center placement and the mirror-image alignment indicate that these are internal camera reflections, and the 7% size difference shows that it is a reflection on a curved lens element (not a flat surface like a filter, as some speculated).

    Greg accepts this explanation.

    • Greg Newkirk

      07/22/2012 at 4:08 PM

      Fantastic work, Roger! Thanks for taking the time to come back and update us on the results. Looks like we can all put our minds at ease.. no impending invasion cover-ups… that we know of.

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