Voices, past, present, and furture would like to bring to you a story of sheer coincidence.
A few days ago, my daughter and her children visited me and upon reminiscing about the good ol’ days, she reminded me of strange lights that her and I would sit and watch from my front porch. These lights seemed to dance in unison with one another, never staying still, yet being too close to one another to be any sort of aircraft. Of coarse, my daughter and I found this to be unusually strange. Every night these lights appear in the same place in the sky, (yes, still to this day) and they get bright and move around, appearing as if they would hit eachother. One light would go one way and then the other would shoot off in the opposite direction. Why or what this is, I couldn’t tell you; but I went out onto the porch that night just to see, and there it was, same as it was then.
I bring to you what are called Marfa Lights; also known as Ghost lights. These lights appear in Texas, in the US and have gained alot of fame as to what they exactly are. You have your scientists who went there, camped out with their equipment and in unison, claim it is the lights from cars, campfires, or atmospheric reflexions. Others like the Native Americans like to believe it is the spirits of ancestors.
There are many names for these lights; one being “will-o’-the-wisp”. On-lookers have attributed these lights to paranormal phenomenon such as, ghosts and UFO’s.
James Burnell states “You may just see mysterious orbs of light suddenly apper above desert foliage. These balls of light may remain stationary, as they pulse on and off with intensity, varying from dim to almost a blinding brilliance.” Now, this is exactly what is occuring here but without the lights becoming that bright. He continues, “These ghostly lights may dart across the desert or perform splits and merges. Light colors are usually yellow-orange but other hues include blue, green and red. They fly above the desert vegetation but below background meses.”
The first historical record of these lights was in the 1800’s (before there were automobiles) by a young cowhand, Robert Reed Ellison. He claimed to have seen a flickering light while driving cattle throught Paisono Pass. There were other settlers who had told him that they too, had often seen the lights, but after investigation they found no ashes or other evidence of a campsite. A couple, Joe and Anne Humphreys, had next repoted seeing these lights, again in the 1880’s, only a couple years after the first.
Brian Dunning explains these lights as a mirage caused by sharp temperature gradients between cold and warm layers of air. Some believe these lights are an optical illusion known as “heat-haze” or “heat shimmer”, and when the weather is cold it is known as “superior mirages”.
In 2009, David Morrell’s book “The shimmer” was inspired by these lights. The Rolling Stones mentions the “Lights of Marfa” in the song “No Spare Parts”. In his 2016 album, “My Gospel”, Paul Cauthen wrote “Marfa Lights”.
These lights are considered evasive and mysterious, popping up in random places in the dark of nights with few witnesses. I like to think something similar is happening here, by sheer coincidence maybe, but in Texas, US these lights are easily spotted from the same location nearly every night.
If you are ever sitting around at night, looking into the sky, maybe, just maybe you may see something similar too.
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