Chasing giant gray cubes through the desert

This week NASA announced they are hiring a "planetary protection officer" who will, among other things, be responsible for guarding Earth against alien life. That's right, you now have the opportunity to help stop an alien invasion, or whatever.

As you wait to fill out your NASA job application, here are few alleged Tucson encounters from the National UFO Reporting Center website you can bring up when you finally get that interview.

Good luck, earthling.

1. Flourescent green fireball over Catalinas

When: April 12, 2014 at 8 p.m.

Location: Over Catalina Mountains

Shape: Fireball 🔥

Color: Green

Detail highlights as reported to "I walked out my front door (which faces east toward the Santa Catalina Mountains) about 8 pm to let my dog relieve himself. There are no street lights in this area so it was quite dark. As I was facing east, there was a brilliant fluorescent green fireball that streaked in a downward arch toward the north. I just saw it for a couple seconds before it went behind a neighbors large tree. There are mountains that line most of my east view and it arched below the level of the mountain ridge." More.

2. Halting lights that stare back

When: Sept. 10, 2016 at 1:50 a.m.

Location: Tucson

Shape: Light ✨

Color: Multiple

Detail highlights as reported to "It appeared to be right over Vail, AZ, or our suburb of Rita Ranch. It was rather odd, when we noticed these three lights, that could form a triangle. The three lights began to move our direction without breaking formation, and then halted in one spot. It did not move from the position, but instead seemed to blink their lights and stare at us. I can only assume that they knew of us and watched with caution. The interesting thing about these lights were that they seem to be blinking in a pattern of sorts, and the left light happened to be the color green, but the other two lights were typical bright star-like lights (although far brighter and clearly closer)." More.

3. Dark triangular object emitting dread

When: Nov. 8, 1972 at 8 p.m. (approximate)

Location: Near Davis-Monthan Air Force Base

Shape: Triangle 🔼

Color: Fat black, shimmery at the edges with a brilliant white light

Detail highlights as reported to "There was a very deep drone hum, not really heard but felt, we didn't move as it seemed that if we made ourselves seen something may happen to us. As the craft passed in front to the NE and about 30 yards from us a beam of brilliant white light shot down to the ground from the (?) front of the craft, and began to sweep left to right down then up as if it were searching for something, When this light first hit the ground the was a disturbance of dust rising, and as it sweeped around you could see dust roiling up. We experienced an ill, nauseous, dread feeling... We about to leave when we noticed that the airbase had came alive, ie: search lights, sirens and military police vechiles ranging along the security fence we saw this due to our being on a slight rise. We left in our car, and decided to check if the base was shut down, the main gate was closed and MPs were not allowing anyone to enter. The next day the word was that a coyote had set off the perimeter alarm." More.

4. "Saw an object made up of five or six red balls"

When: Jan. 30, 2015 at 1:30 a.m.

Location: Tucson, Ariz.

Shape: Oval 😱

Color: Red


5. Unexplained light turns into a hawk

When: March 28, 2016 at 12:30 p.m.

Location: Tucson

Shape: Light ✨

Color: Unknown

Detail highlights as reported to "March 28, around 12:30 PM I was at my dining table working on my laptop. The room became very very dark, quite quickly, as if a large and very thick cloud was passing over. However, the fact it became so dark, so quickly, and cast my dining room into such deep shadow, felt so unusual to me that I decided to go outside to my patio to see just how large a cloud might be passing over. A very large red-tailed hawk attracted my attention, soaring against a clear blue background of open sky at about 1000 feet or so, and slightly to the north. Its markings were clear and distinct, a beautiful thing to witness, so I whistled a hawk call, twice. It turned, and I whistled the call again. At that time a bright sphere appeared far above the soaring hawk...Then a streak appeared to extend from the right side of this ball of light, like a flare, and I recall thinking I would describe flare as “feathery”. All at once the white sphere seemed to flash, to expand and was gone, and then, in its place and right next the soaring hawk that had originally attracted my attention, appeared an identical hawk." More.

6. Big round mirror on A Mountain

When: Sept. 18, 2013 at 11 p.m.

Location: A Mountain

Shape: Circle 🔵

Color: N/A

Detail highlights as reported to "Me and two other truck drivers coming west on I-10, straight in front of us was the mountain that has the big A on the west side. We were still on the east side of the mountain coming toward it when we witness something probably about 48 to 50 foot in diameter look like somebody was holding a big round mirror with the sun shining off of it floating across the top of that mountain and started coming down into the valley of Tucson. About that time three US Air Force fighter jets come screaming over the top of us going from east to west towards the object did before the Jets could get close the object shot straight in the air and disappeared."  More.

7. Impossible eclipse of crescent moon

When: April 20, 2015 at 7:45 p.m.

Location: Desert, Tucson, Ariz.

Shape: Unknown 🌚

Color: Shadow

Detail highlights as reported to "I was running in the desert, away from ambient lights under clear sky. I watched an eclipse of the crescent moon. Crescent light shrank to a point at bottom of moon, a few minutes of darkness, then point lit again, expanded back to crescent. I thought it was an eclipse, but now i realize this is impossible, the crescent moon is in front of the earth. This means that an object larger than the moon passed before the moon." More.


When: July 3, 2009 at 3:30 a.m. (approximate)

Location: Tucson, Ariz.

Shape: Circle 🔵

Color: White

Detail highlights as reported to "UFO's ARE REAL: went outside to smoke before i went to bed with my g/f and i seen 2 balls of light moving in strange ways i never seen before and so i brought it to her attention at first it looked like a spotlight but it never had anything attached to the ball of light it was just white and bright small and in the clouds but they seem to be brighter and they were playing some game of dodging each-other and they seem to fly the way a dragonflies do they were both looking the same so if you look away for a sec you can not tell what one was... we all know for sure that it was not man made and if it was its top secret or something theres a few videos on youtube that a few are the same ones so i know I'm not alone on this lots of other people have seen them and theres no way were alone the universe Its never ending right question is how do they get here ? what is that spaceship and how does it work maybe thats us in the future :) its all space and time and different dementions :) More.

9. Waving at a plane on fire

When: May 5, 2012 at 8:20 p.m.

Location: Tucson, Ariz.

Shape: Fireball 🔥

Color: N/A

Detail highlights as reported to "walked outside to see super moon & saw 1 first, almost looked like a plane on fire was low no sound -another followed when 2 of us were waving it slowed and almost looked still for a moment then trailed in a perfect line north." More.

10. Basketball sphere over golf resort

When: Sept. 29, 2014 at 9:30 p.m.

Location: Catalina Foothills

Shape: Basketball 🏀

Color: White, red, green

Detail highlights as reported to "On 2nd floor balcony, cool night, saw bright off-white sphere surround with flashing red and some green around it (like a distance star shining), the size of a basketball from where I was standing, about 0.5 miles distance, mountain range in the background, houses, this looked like it was over one of the golf resorts. It shot straight up in the sky within the valley, stopped around the top of the mountain range for a moment, slowing descended, stopped half way down, slowly descended again and began to swirl slowly around the top of some houses then I lost sight...I can tell the way it moved it was definitely a ufo. I actually called the resort and there wasn't any "fireworks" last night she said, told her what I saw and can tell she didn't believe or care about it." More.

11. Lime green light in a cul-de-sac

When: June 19, 1998 at 4 p.m.

Location: Neighborhood cul-de-sac in Tucson, Ariz.

Shape: Unknown 🌚

Color: Lime green

Detail highlights as reported to "After putting the clothes in the washer I opened the door to the house, to go back inside. The door, is the kind, that when open, it automatically shuts close, real fast. Well, I opened the door, and all of a sudden, my entire garage is flooded in a bright neon lime-green light. I turn around and see that the entire neighborhood is flooded in this light. Everywhere I looked, everything was covered in this light, as if someone was holding a light, right over our cul-de-sac. I didn't see any object, but after about 10 seconds, of being in light, this huge shadow came out of nowhere and then flew off to the western sky. And then there was this weird wind (like a suction) and the trees blew along with other debris, to the west and then stopped. The light "flew" off too, and everything turned back to normal. I turned around and started to walk back in the house. Now, all this time, the door has been opened. And if you recall, I told you that it was one of those sprung doors, that shut as quickly as it opened. Well, right then and there, the door shut, right over my left foot, ripping up my nail on my big toe. The Dr. said, the nail would never grow back, because the nerves had been lifted out, but it did, and to this day, my toe has a nail. Something, my Dr. said was a "miracle." More.

12. Metallic disk in a thunderstorm

When: July 19, 1976 at 9 p.m. (approximate)

Location: Central Tucson

Shape: Disk 💿

Color: Metallic with blue light

Detail highlights as reported to "One night during a thunderstorm in july 1976, while watching lightning striking outside, through the south side facing back door window of family house at age 8, I saw a very large (300+feet diameter) metallic disc floating stationary inside of the thunderstorm. It had lights around outside bottom of disc, and 4 hemispherical protrusions, and bright bluish light in the center bottom. I was totally amazed to watch the lightning strike the craft several times, and noticed when the light reflected off the highly polished metallic surface. More.

13. Chasing giant gray cubes through the desert

When: May 10, 1989 at 11 a.m.

Location: Downtown Tucson to I-10

Shape: Cube 📦

Color: Gray

Detail highlights as reported to "Looking northwest from downtown Tucson I saw two dark gray cubes, roughly the size of small houses, at a height of approx. 400 feet, in loose formation, traveling horizontally toward the west northwest. My female friend and I (we were both students at the University of Arizona at the time, living off campus), hopped on my motorcycle, a 1985 Honda 500cc Interceptor, and began pursuit, heading toward Phoenix on Interstate 10. I was riding in excess of 90 mph

...I got within a quarter mile..they were dark gray..matte visible protrusions, holes, or lights..just plain gray cubes...traveling together..but moving independently, bobbing up and down. I reported it to David Monthan AFB...after playing phone tag for 30 minutes, mostly on hold, they told me that the giant cubes we saw were marker ribbons dropped by the Air Force." More.

14. Blinding football-shaped light

When: March 15, 2015 at 2:30 p.m.

Location: Fort Lowell Road

Shape: Football 🏈

Color: White

Detail highlights as reported to "I was walking north on Tomahawk Trail between Moccasin Place and Ft. Lowell Rd., when I saw a blinding football-shaped light (that would be about the size of a 2-car garage were one up in the air) in the sky not more than three miles in front of me and roughly 1-2 miles in front (south) of the Catalina Mountains. It was flying below the altitude of the mountain top and moving very slowly from west to east. It then appeared to dissolve—just disappeared and then reappeared after about 3-5 seconds, again disappeared, reappeared after about 15 seconds (still very slowly moving west to east) then disappeared for good." More.

15. A second moon

When: May 15, 2017 at 4 a.m.

Location: Tucson

Shape: Light ✨

Color: N/A

Detail highlights as reported to "I was driving home, looked up to see the moon and noticed a VERY bright light, in the east sky, even brighter than the moon...The light stayed there the whole drive home so as soon as I got home, I ran inside and told someone to come see. They witnessed the extreme brightness and that it was still but sort of swaying from left to right. The light became harder and harder to look at, we both said it sort of burned our eyes. I experienced a very mild sense of vertigo and nausea. They didn't know what to think other than it may have something to do with the AFB." More.

The truth is out there.