Illusions

The Brown Mountain Lights – inexplicable ghost lights have puzzled observers for hundreds of years

The enduring mystery of the mysterious Brown Mountain Lights The Brown Mountain Lights are found in the North Carolina foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains on a low ridge known as Brown Mountain. The dancing, glowing spheres of red, blue, yellow, or green light, typically appear on brisk, fall evenings. The mystery of Brown Mountain’s ghost lights has endured for hundreds, maybe even thousands of years, and the phenomena has been witnesses by a countless number of people. Law enforcement officials and Forest Service officers have seen the lights up close and describe them as beach-ball size orbs that float by and then vanish. Witnesses from afar say the lights appear to rise up off the mountaintop, hover, wobble, and then disappear. Despite organized research of the phenomena, scientists still

It’s alive! Weird video shows the earth “breathing”

We’ve all been taught that the earth is “alive” and here’s some pretty freaky footage proving just that. This unusual video appeared online a few days ago and appears to show the earth “breathing”. In all likelihood the effect is due to wind, loose waterlogged earth, or possibly water underneath the ground surface (or a combination of both).  Whatever the cause, I'd suggest nobody go and poke it! Check out the video below. Video showing the Earth breathing   The video was rumored to have been shot in a forest in Nova Scotia on October 31, 2015 by Brian Nuttall. Sources: YouTube, Facebook (Brian Nuttall)

A lake full of Pepto Bismal? Australia’s Lake Hillier – a bubble-gum pink wonder that scientists have yet to unravel

From above, Lake Hillier, located on the edge of Recherche Archipelago’s largest island in Australia, looks to be filled with Pepto Bismal.  It’s bubble-gum pink waters are so unusual, airlines report passengers getting up from their seats and crowding around windows to get a peek of the stunningly beautiful natural wonder.  Scientists are unsure why its waters retain their rose pink color but believe it may be from a dye created by the organisms living in the lake – Dunaliella salina and Halobacteria.  Another theory proposes that the pink color might be  attributed to the presence of red halophilic bacteria in the salt crusts.  What they do know is that the bright pink waters are no illusion.  The water retains its pink hue when taken

Hessdalen Lights in Norway have been reported since the 1800’s

Introduction to the Hassdalen Light Phenomenon The Hessdalen Lights are an earth anomaly (or UFO phenomena, they’re tough to classify without knowing exactly what they are) commonly seen in the Hessdalen valley in the central part of Norway. The mysterious lights, typically large, bright white, blue, red, or yellow lights floating above the ground or shooting at amazing speeds through the air, have been witnessed since 1811 or earlier. Interest in the lights picked up in 1981 when residents in the area began to see unknown lights in the valley and in the nearby districts.  The lights sometimes remain still and sometimes flash, and can suddenly move at extreme speeds up into the atmosphere or down into the ground, or into one of the many lakes in

Black colored icebergs (they come in blue, green, and brown too)

Icebergs are typically white but various factors can occasionally cause them to turn a different color – green, brown, black, or blue are possible.  Factors that distort the iceberg color include a lower density of air within the ice (which allows less sunlight to reflect off the surface or pass through the iceberg with a scattered pattern of light) or a higher density of rock embedded within the ice.  Seldom are colored icebergs the result of man-made pollution or contaminants.  Many times a colored iceberg has rolled over, revealing the discolored basal ice that once lay underneath the surface.  Even striped icebergs are possible and can be created when a crevice fills quickly with water that freezes before ice bubbles are formed inside. Although rarely

Marfa Lights – the mysterious light show in west Texas

Reports in 1883 In 1883, the first official report of the Marfa Lights came to light.  A Texas homesteader, Robert Ellison, noticed the lights and feared that Indians were attacking his home.  After viewing the lights for some time however, it became clear to Mr. Ellison that these mysterious lights were not attacking Indians.  These lights danced and flew wildly across the open plains. In more recent times, hundreds of photos and video have been shot of the Marfa Lights.  Virtually all the residents of Marfa, Texas can recount sightings of the mysterious lights.  The source of the lights is unknown. Possible Explanations Debunked The Marfa, Texas phenomena is a classic example of ghost lights, a phenomena commonly explained by scientific principles.  But the Marfa Lights still have scientist

Ghost Lights – mysterious, inexplicable light phenomena

History reveals reports of ghost lights are not a new phenomena In 1656, John Davis of Cardinshire, Wales recorded some of the earliest historical evidence of ghost lights. In this small town in Northern Wales, ghost light sightings were quite common and believed to portend the death of someone in their town. The lights were witnessed around homes, in the open air, and occasionally inside their homes. A small light represented the death of a child, a large light the death of an adult. Davis noted a ghost light sighting by his wife’s sister who had observed five lights inside her bedroom. That night, five of their servants died of suffocation in what was only described as ‘a freak accident.’ These strange lights are still reported in

Green Sun (or Green Flash)

Introduction Every once in a while, if the atmospheric conditions are just right, the sun will spark a bright green hue just as it disappears on the horizon.   Called the 'green flash', this phenomena is purported to be caused by the spectral separation of the sun's colors. The green flash only lasts for a second or two. Conditions For the phenomena to occur the atmosphere must be extremely clear.  This particular condition allows the light to be refracted, the colors separated producing the astonishing green flash.  The phenomena can occur shortly after sunset or right before sunrise.  They are typically seen where there is an unobstructed horizon, such as over water, but the phenomena has been reported over mountain tops

Ball Lightning

Introduction On July 5, 1852, a Periason man reported an extraordinary event. While sitting in his living room chair, a bright ball of light descended down his chimney and emerged from the fireplace. The fireball, about the size of a basketball, hesitated slightly and then darted towards him ‘like a cat’. He quickly withdrew his feet and the object slithered back into the center of the living room. He watched in dismay as the flaming ball of light disappeared back into the fireplace, rose up the chimney, and exploded, severely damaging the top of the chimney. Although scientists quickly dismissed the incident as a ‘wild imagination’, hundreds more reports of similar sightings continued to flood authorities around the world, some accompanied by photographs attesting to the events. At