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Marfa Mystery Lights

The Marfa lights are a nighttime phenomenon seen several times a year near Marfa, Texas, since at least 1883. At that time, a settler named Robert Reed Ellison saw what he thought were Native American cooking fires some distance away, but he later could find no evidence of such fires in the area. In the years since, people who have gotten closer to the lights typically describe them as brightly glowing white, yellow, or orange orbs, though some say the orbs glow blue or green. In most reports, the orbs are about the size of a volleyball, float about 4 feet (1.2m) above the earth, and move along the ground either slowly or quickly. Another local resident, Hallie Stillwell, told of coming to Marfa in 1916 on business with some family members and was riding near town in a car when a family member pointed out the lights.

The group observed them. Stillwell said, "We were just visiting and talking, and all of the sudden we saw lights over on the Chinati Mountains. It couldn't be any kind of car lights. And we first thought probably it was a campfire of Indians or Mexicans, or ranchers. But it didn't act like a campfire at all, and the lights moving around and floating above the ground.”

In 1943 near Marfa's army air base. Witness Fritz Kahl stated, "There was no vehicular traffic at night, the lights were a phenomena. We saw something that was totally foreign to anything in and around the airbase.”

According to the people who claim to have seen the lights, they may appear at any time of night, typically south of U.S. Route 90 and east of U.S. Route 67, five to fifteen miles southeast of Marfa, at unpredictable directions and apparent distances. They can persist from a fraction of a second to several hours. There is evidently no connection between appearances of the Marfa lights and anything else besides nighttime hours. They appear in all seasons of the year and in any weather, seemingly uninfluenced by such factors. They sometimes have been observed during late dusk and early dawn, when the landscape is dimly illuminated. They are said to be viewable year round.

Sometimes they appear individually, but most of the time witnesses report seeing two or more orbs together, though when they move they might part company for a few moments. The phenomenon might last only for an instant or for an hour or more.

Various theories have been proposed to explain the Marfa lights. Some contend that they are due to some natural but as yet unknown phenomenon related to Earth’s atmosphere, temperature conditions, geology, magnetism, or energy fields. Others speculate that Marfa lights are somehow related to UFOs. Still others have suggested that witnesses are experiencing some sort of hallucination or optical illusion.

Sources :
The Greenhaven Encyclopedia of Paranormal Phenomena by Patricia D. Netzley;

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