UFO Reported Over Las Vegas Strip

By | December 28, 2022

Dozens of TikTok, Reddit, and YouTube users reported a Mars Attacks­-like onslaught against the Las Vegas Strip over the Christmas weekend. The “saucer” they reported on the evening of Dec. 23 boasted one red light and at least six white ones and hovered for a full hour above the Sapphire Gentlemen’s Club, behind a dusting of clouds.

Brett Feinstein, a manager at Sapphire, tweeted: “There is a #ufo above Sapphire Las Vegas right now!” He accompanied the tweet with a video in which the narrator said: “What the hell is this? Honestly, honestly, this is really strange. I mean, we’re here every night and I’ve never seen anything like this.”

Sapphire UFO
Unidentified lights are shown over the Sapphire Gentlemen’s Club sign just behind the Las Vegas Strip on Dec. 23, 2022. (Image: Twitter/Brett Feinstein)

So What Was It?

When you examine the video, it becomes obvious that there was no hovering. The lights remained perfectly stationary in the sky, prompting more science-minded social media users to search for a different answer.

On Christmas Eve, that answer arrived from author Mick West, whose 2018 book Escaping the Rabbit Hole investigates conspiracy theories from Flat Earth to the controlled 9/11 demolition to chemtrails.

Due to the cold snap across the country, ice crystals high in the clouds were reflecting the famous lights of Vegas back down to earth in a way that onlookers and locals aren’t used to seeing. Meteorologists call the phenomenon “light pillars.”

According to the National Weather Service web page: “Ice is very thin, shaped like plates with hexagonal faces. When ice drifts down through the air, it falls close to horizontally. At the top and bottom are the faces with more area. Ice is very reflective, so when light hits those wider faces, it bounces around and reflects off more ice crystals. That means we get these vertically stacked mirrors floating in the atmosphere. The light hitting it gets reflected up and up (or down and down, depending on the source), and becomes a radiant column in the sky. Light can come from the sun, moon, cities, street lights — any strong light source.”

The Las Vegas Strip certainly qualifies as a strong light source.

West even took the time to create the map below, which superimposes onto the image of the alleged UFO’s lights the Strip resorts from which each of the light pillars emanated from.

UFO explanation
Not only do the colors In Mick West’s map match with major resorts on the Strip (Resorts World being the red light at the center) so do the shapes (Wynn and Encore being the crescents to the right of Resorts World). The outlying white light on the bottom left would be Palace Station, which is three miles from the Strip. (Image: Twitter/Mick West)

While most of the replies thanked West for cracking the case, a few accused him of covering up the real truth.

Because of course they did.

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