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The question on everyone's mind: "What are they?" Most of the lights you might see on any given night are likely to be car lights, or ranch lights, or aircraft lights, or Iridium satellites, or sprites, or the Air Force blimp or some other explainable light source, but -- NOT ALWAYS. Although rare, there definitely are mysterious nocturnal lights in Mitchell Flat east of Marfa that reside at the very heart of this wonderful luminous mystery. They shine, on rare nights, in one of two forms, "Night Mirages" or else something much more mysterious and intriguing:chemical-plasma lights. At least that is my theory. You will find two PDF papers at this website, one to explain "Night Mirages" and a second paper "What are MLs?" that presents ML characteristics along with speculation regarding these rare events that we most treasure.
This website is dedicated to investigation of unusual luminous phenomena that are sometimes seen near Marfa, Texas in a region known as Mitchell Flat. Texas Department of Transportation has built a unique roadside park on US90 nine miles east of Marfa. This attractive park provides a convenient place for nightly visitors who look into the night hoping to see bright elusive balls of light that sometimes fly mysteriously low above desert foilage. Those who do never forget the experience.
This website is the product of a decade of privately funded research into these phenomena known worldwide as "Marfa Lights" and referred to in this website as "MLs." It is not often in today's modern world that one can observe physical phenomena that seem to defy conventional explanations as MLs do. People fortunate enough to experience a good showing described them using terms such as exotic, complex, varied, and wonderful.
This website serves to provide an initial introduction to ML phenomena along with useful information for those who seek new frontiers. For more in depth information, ask your local book store for Hunting Marfa Lights or visit the Hunting Marfa Lights page on the left and use the provided link to place an order.
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If you have ML stories to relate or comments on the website we invite you to visit the contact page.
See Science Paper 7 comparing Ball Lightning and Marfa Lights.