PARADISE VALLEY, Ariz. -- It was a night like most others for Dr. Lynne Kitei.
That was until a group of glowing amber orbs were spotted in the air a few hundred feet above the city. They moved in a V-shape formation. Kitei didn't waste any time, and started taking pictures of the orbs on her 35mm camera.
"I don't know what they are, but I know that they are," said Kitei. "I have the 35mm pictures to prove it."
That was on March 13th, 1997. Now 15 years later, Kitei still has no idea what she saw. No one else does either; she contacted air traffic control at Sky Harbor, and they confirmed that they saw the lights, but they never picked it up on radar. The military offered explanations that they were flares in the sky, but couldn't duplicate what was seen that night. The only two things she has learned is that the Phoenix Lights are unlike anything she has ever seen, and that she was not alone. Hundreds of others saw those lights that night at different times, and in different places.
"They were seen in California, Nevada and New Mexico," said Kitei. "They all moved the same way. I learned that this has happened worldwide for centuries. And other countries are more open to seeing these types of phenomena as other-worldly."
Kitei released a book documenting the experience of what she saw, as well as the experiences of others, in The Phoenix Lights: A Skeptic's Discovery That We Are Not Alone. Later, she helped produce an award-winning documentary called "Phoenix Lights: We Are Not Alone."
More and more people have come forward sharing similar experiences year after year. Kitei updates the information in her documentary to reflect new findings every year.
"It's time to get this topic out in the open," said Kitei. "Something anomalous that's intelligent and advanced is in our skies and has been for centuries."
The documentary will be showing on March 11 at 11:00 p.m. at Scottsdale Harkins Shea Theater to celebrate the 15- year anniversary of the sightings.
For more: thephoenixlights.net