Nov 08, 2014 I Paul Seaburn

A Month of UFO Sightings in Colorado’s San Luis Valley

Sky watchers in and around Hooper, Colorado, have been reporting circular white lights darting around above the city for well over a month. While they resemble large balloons, their movements suggest something else. Hooper is in the San Luis Valley in south central Colorado, an area which has a long history of UFO sightings dating back to Native American folklore. Could these lights have another explanation?

A video showing lights over nearby Crestone, Colorado, was posted on YouTube on October 3, 2014. The objects were motionless for over 62 minutes, which experts say is unusual for weather balloons.

A local television station interviewed Judy Messoline, owner of the UFO Watchtower, an observation and information center for visitors to the San Juis Valley looking for UFOs and tips for spotting them. Messoline says the bright lights have been coming around since September 13 and appearing during both day and night. She describes these UFOs as being disc-shaped and their behavior differs somewhat from those in the video.

Often times, the light appears for several minutes at a time, shoots to the western sky, then stop and beam back east. It's simply too difficult to explain.

Messoline says the round white lights have been seen since September 13 in the local vicinity “between Antonito and DaVita and all the way to Crestone.” While the photo provided looks like a hot air balloon, the behavior described by witnesses suggests otherwise.

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Object seen over the San Luis Valley during the past month.

Whatever the objects are, they’ve been seen by multiple witnesses, photographed and captured on video. Their behavior runs contrary to the usual explanations. Shouldn’t they be given a closer examination? Or are sightings being covered up and the spotters referred to as "crackpots" in order to protect their real purpose?

Paul Seaburn

Paul Seaburn is the editor at Mysterious Universe and its most prolific writer. He’s written for TV shows such as "The Tonight Show", "Politically Incorrect" and an award-winning children’s program. He's been published in “The New York Times" and "Huffington Post” and has co-authored numerous collections of trivia, puzzles and humor. His “What in the World!” podcast is a fun look at the latest weird and paranormal news, strange sports stories and odd trivia. Paul likes to add a bit of humor to each MU post he crafts. After all, the mysterious doesn't always have to be serious.

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