Posted on July 5, 2012 by Micah Hanks
One of our readers, Greg Archer, recently sent these remarkable photos of strange lights over Castle Rock, Colorado, photographed on June 6, 2012, during a tremendous lightning storm. Archer, a professional photographer, had been photographing the lightning when these objects appeared, and was very perplexed by the appearance of these odd illuminations. Below are a few of the details Mr. Archer passed along to us via Intrepid Publisher Scotty Roberts… in the meantime, are there any other readers out there, especially near Castle Rock, Colorado, who may recall seeing anything like this around the date and time in question? Greg writes:
“I thought you and your fans might enjoy a couple of pictures I took of some unidentified lights taken on June 6th at 10:54pm and 10:58pm during one of the worst storms to ever hit Colorado. Just to give you an idea, we sustained 18k worth of damage. The pictures were picked up by Fox News, who never ran the story. 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. I have the pictures in RAW format with Nikon’s tamper proof seal – something the Nikon D700 is able to do to prove a picture hasn’t been tampered with.“
As mentioned above, Archer said that Fox News affiliates acquired the photos, but never released them publicly. Were the images purposely ignored, or simply overlooked? Below is an enlarged portion of the frame, featuring the odd illuminations close up:
Greg went on to say that, “I did all I could to debunk this. Everything from checking the processor on my camera to calling NORAD and AFOC. Obviously not stars, nor is it a reflection of any type. No aircraft in the air. Meteorologist can’t explain, Air Force can’t explain. That’s the most I can do.” Below is a second image Greg took the same night (click to enlarge):
What are your thoughts? Feel free to email us or add your thoughts in the comments section below.