Atmospheric ghost lights: Can science truly explain this phenomenon ?
Today, I am going to discuss the phenomenon of ghost lights by listing
some of the popular examples of this phenomenon from all over the world.
Let’s start with the Brown mountain ghost lights. ( Of all the lights, I found
them the most mysterious)
Brown Mountains Lights
They are a series of ghost lights appearing in the Brown Mountain region,
North Carolina, US.
Some of the earliest reports of ghost lights came from native Americans,
colonial settlers, and Civil War soldiers.
Many have witnessed the spectacle, which is ongoing to this day. The lights
have been investigated three times by the US government, and countless
times by private groups and often studied by Appalachian University. The
lights were even featured in an episode of X-Files in 1999.
The lights have been reported as white, red, yellow, orange and blue. They’ve
been described looking like large balls of fire to small candle lights and from
floating near the ground to rising up high into the sky.
Joshua Warren, a paranormal investigator, and Daniel Caton, a professor of
physics and astronomy at Appalachian University, both have been studying
the lights for years, exploring different theories, but in the end the lights
remained a mystery.
Professor Caton says, what happens at Brown Mountain is up to your own
interpretation. “All we have here are lights on a mountain. There are very few
places on this earth where you can still go and explore these types of
One local story recounts that in 1982, a man named Tommie Hunter actually
touched the lights. He saw a ball of light that was hovering, and touched it.
He said it felt like he had stuck his finger in a light socket. 6 other people
were with Tommie and all corroborated with his story
Aleya Ghost lights.
This legend comes from Bengal. If you happen to roam in the swamps of
Bengal, you might come across a display of colourful lights at a
distance. The Sunderbans is said to the place where the Aleya Ghost Lights live
and prey upon those who dare to venture out..
….in the darkness.
The fishermen community has often spotted these lights. Many of them got
so transfixed that they followed the lights leading to their deaths by
drowning. They believe these lights are the spirits of dead fishermen who lost
their lives fishing in the marshes.
At times, they have also acted as a guide and prevented them from getting
Despite their Bengali name, these lights are not really limited to Bengal.
They have been spotted in several other places like UK, Finland, Estonia,
In countries like Finland, Estonia and Latvia, these lights are associated with
the folklore of hidden treasures. Apparently, these lights mark their locations.
Once you follow them, they flicker and diminish in size and often disappear
which cause people to panic.
I have explained 2 of the most mysterious and widespread examples. There
are many such examples all over the world.
Min Min (Aus)
Chir Batti (Gujarat)
Marfa lights (US)
Hessdalen lights (Sweden)
Naga Fireballs ( Thai)
And many many more….
modern science often explains them as natural phenomena such
as bioluminescence or chemiluminescence, caused by
the oxidation of phosphine, diphosphane, and methane produced
by organic decay.
These compounds, can cause photon emissions.
The phenomena may occur due to the bioluminescence of various forest
dwelling micro-organisms and insects. The glow emitted from certain fungal
species, such as the honey fungus, during chemical reactions could be
mistaken for the mysterious ghost lights
Folk belief attributes the phenomenon to fairies or elemental spirits.
They are often described as causing confusion in the mind of the observer.
Some suggest they are spirits of the dead, while many link then to UFOs and
As ghost lights are found all over the world in different geographic
conditions, different theories are put forth suitable to that location.
The sightings have now become rare because of encroachment of marsh
land and increase in construction activity.
To this day, no solid explanation is available for the phenomenon.