Ben Hansen, host of the SyFy channel’s Fact or Faked Paranormal Files, hosted a sky watch with advanced night vision equipment for the Phoenix area Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) and captured some interesting video of two curious objects.
The Phoenix area chapter of the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) holds sky watches after many of their meeting in the nearby Superstition Mountains. On November 16, 2013, Hansen was the guest lecturer for their monthly meeting. He joined the group, as did I, for the sky watch. Fortunately, Hansen owns a night vision company called Night Vision Ops. He brought along some great equipment for everyone to try out.
During the sky watch two lights were spotted that could not be seen with the naked eye. Hansen was able to track the lights and record them on HD video. I was also tracking the objects with another of Hansen’s night vision devices.
The objects did not have any blinking lights, like planes would. As Hansen explains on the video, “Although there are many commercial and military vectors in the area, conventional craft are required to use nav beacons which are easily seen pulsating though night vision.”
The description Hansen posted with the video reads:
November 16, 2013 skywatch in the Superstition Mountains which took place after a Phoenix MUFON meeting. 3rd Generation night vision was adapted to a DSLR camera filming in 1080p HD. Two objects were witnessed for over 9 minutes traveling in unison across the sky. Some satellite formations such as the NOSS do orbit in formation. The video is an example of the capability of Generation 3 night vision to enhance objects too dim to see with the unaided eye. The LRS night vision scope attaches directly to the camera body of your DSLR Nikon or Canon for crisp filming with the included lens or your own lens attached to the end. Other night vision scopes can be adapted to your iPhone. To learn more about night vision and thermal options and to purchase your own equipment, visit Night Vision Ops at www.nightvisionops.com.
Often simple points of lights turn out to be satellites, but satellites do not typically travel in groups. However, the Navy has the Naval Ocean Surveillance System (NOSS). These are satellite formations that can travel in groups of two or three. They are also dim enough that they cannot typically be seen by the unaided eye, but night vision could spot them.
In the video, Hansen writes that he is “almost certain” what he captured are NOSS satellites. Although he admits, “In all my skywatching, it’s actually the first time I’ve seen a pair of these.”
One of the people present at the sky watch, who claims to have worked for the Air Force tracking satellites, said he was certain these were not satellites. I am not so sure either.
A few days prior to this sighting I wrote a story about a UFO video that does appear more likely to be NOSS satellites. In that video the objects keep the same distance from each other. In Hansen’s video the objects change in position relative to each other. My guess is that they change position because they are much closer than satellites, and as the angle we view them changes, they seem to change position.
The Navy does not publicize the orbits of the NOSS satellites. However, hobbyists have tracked them and sites such as Heavens-Above.com predict their orbits based off of that information. Heavens-Above.com did not list any NOSS satellites passing over the Phoenix area on the night of November 16.
Another MUFON investigator that was present suggested they were military jets with their lights off. Nearby is the Goldwater testing range, and jets are often seen flying over that area doing exercises with all lights off. However, technically the military should not be flying over an urban area such as where we saw them with their lights off, but it is certainly possible.
NOSS satellites, military jets with their lights off, swamp gas, or something more mysterious? Let us know what you think.
UPDATE: A reader has pointed out more evidence that the video is of two NOSS satellites. Read the comments below.