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Brown Mountain Lights remain unexplained

Posted on Tuesday, 14 February, 2012 | Comment icon 34 comments | News tip by: Still Waters

Image credit: Brian Irish (L.E.M.U.R)

For years the area around Brown Mountain has been a hotspot for strange orbs and lights in the sky.

Located in North Carolina, the orange-like orbs have been a topic of much debate among scientists and visitors alike for decades. Numerous studies have been conducted in an effort to get to the bottom of the mystery however there has never been a conclusive explanation. Everything from ball lightning and swamp gas to alien spacecraft have been suggested at one point or another.

"The Brown Mountain Lights, which can be seen from several vantage points along the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Brown Mountain Overlook on North Carolina Highway 181, have been explained as a series of orange-like orbs by those who claim to have seen them."

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Comment icon #25 Posted by Rafterman on 18 February, 2012, 23:02
Not really much of a mystery at all: So let's wrap up what we've learned about the two different manifestations of the Brown Mountain Lights. Regarding those that appear in the sky above a ridge, it's apparent that the 1922 USGS report solved it as described in the following conclusion. Today, nearly 90 years later, the lights are coming from different sources but this analysis probably still holds up: "In summary it may be said that the Brown Mountain lights are clearly not of unusual nature or origin. About 47 percent of the lights that the ... [More]
Comment icon #26 Posted by Sakari on 18 February, 2012, 23:51
I think you know how I look and feel about things......The Brown Mountain lights ( at least the ones on the video I posted ) are not LED's, Automoblies, or trains......Spirits?...No. The footage I posted is a short, from a team that went there to study them, and National Geographic went also.They had several teams in several areas, all communicating.In Norway, the same type of thing happens, and as from what i have read, they are studied by a University, and no answers so far....It is un-explained as far as I am concerned, and I would love to be able to see them. The Norway lights look a... [More]
Comment icon #27 Posted by Rafterman on 19 February, 2012, 4:45
Ah, Hessdelan, Brian Dunning has covered that one as well: All of these lights seem to be explainable by a handful of phenomenon and Norway is no different, with quite a large percentage of misidentified aircraft lights thrown in as well.
Comment icon #28 Posted by Sakari on 19 February, 2012, 4:59
You are only sourcing the skeptoid....And his opinions.....I would not, and can not consider that fact. As I stated before, none of these have yet been determined as to what causes them.....Opinions yes, but nothing else. As I said, colleges and Universities are studying the ones in Norway....I guess they do not read the skeptoid?
Comment icon #29 Posted by brizink on 8 March, 2012, 15:56
I was lucky enough to have seen the lights at about 6:45 in the morning when headed to work one morning. I lived on the opposite side of Brown Mountain from where the lights are usually reported. The sun was already on the mountain but the light was much brighter and more brilliant than the sun's light. Most locals don't ever get to see it, so I feel very privileged to have witnessed these legendary lights.
Comment icon #30 Posted by Sakari on 8 March, 2012, 17:21
Comment icon #31 Posted by BNDGK on 3 March, 2013, 19:37
We saw the lights although not on the first night we looked. I live two counties away from Burke county, where the lights occur. We traveled to Burke to visit family and a group of us went up to the Brown Mountain Overlook which is the best place to view the lights. They are best seen between 10 PM and 2 AM. Our first attempt at viewing them was unsuccessful and we saw nothing. The second night, we went around 12 AM and saw quite a display of the lights. They can be rare and weather conditions are a large factor in the viewability of the lights but they do happen moderately often.
Comment icon #32 Posted by pallidin on 3 March, 2013, 21:02
Why the hell hasn't anyone filmed this through a high-powered telescope? Or maybe they have and I just haven't seen it yet.
Comment icon #33 Posted by Timonthy on 4 March, 2013, 9:53
Such a simple explanation guys, no mystery here: Coincidentally, that's how the mountain got its' name. Edit: Note how his facial expression changes.

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