Over the course of history, many have observed and documented peculiar earth lights phenomena originating from remote areas of natural land. ‘Will-o’-the-wisps’ or ignis fatuus are atmospheric ghost lights seen by travelers at night, especially over bogs, swamps or marshes. Ball lightning is a curious form of meteorological phenomenon where air pressure causes an electrical charge in the form of a ball. But the most intriguing natural lights are even more mysterious. People across the globe have reported seeing strange orbs of light that seem to disregard the standard laws of physics. Common theories range from pan-dimensional energy to alien spacecraft. All that is known is that they appear from the ground, so in turn, they have been dubbed Earth Lights.
These enigmatic glowing visions have been observed radiating an assortment of colors, from white, to blue, red, or even black. They have been noted as small as a baseball, or large as a car, and although they are commonly spherical, witnesses have seen Earth Lights hold many designs. Those who have managed to view them at a close distance describe odd internal reactions, and bizarre crackling noises. They move in irregular directions and can split into formations of multiple floating orbs. They seem to possess a strong connection to geological and geographical features, and linger around mountains, lakes, and rocky ridges.
One of the most majestic series of sightings happened in the early 1980s over Hessdalen, Norway. Residents in the area began to see strange lights emerging from the valley in November of 1981. The glowing figures ranged from bullet shapes to triangles and were commonly white and yellow. The level of reports reached such a point that a couple of air force officers were sent by the Norwegian government to examine the occurrences. By the beginning of 1984, Norwegian and Swedish UFO enthusiasts had begun Project Hessdalen, which was a month-long scientific study of the valley. This study resulted in some readings of Earth Light properties and also managed to capture examples of the Earth Light phenomenon on film footage.
The 1960s era saw the formation of theories which connected the unexplained Earth Lights with earthquakes and fault lines. The leading name in this field is Paul Devereux, the man who actually coined the phrase ‘Earth Lights’. Devereux has traveled all over the world studying versions of the phenomenon, discerning fake or mistaken incidents from authentic Earth Light sightings. He concluded that they are a sincere and actual phenomenon.
Along with much of the concerned scientific community, Devereux suggests that the lights are possibly connected with the strains and conflicting energy found in the Earth’s crust. Just as the heavy pressure in the atmosphere causes storms and lightning, the pressure under the surface can also cause equally imposing reactions. As tectonic plates rise and fall, it is believed that energy is released through certain areas of weakness such as fault lines, or areas of high mineral density. It has also been discovered that throughout history there have been instances of strange lights appearing just before earthquakes.
Alternative theories suggest the lights could be alien landing craft; few alien abduction victims have reportedly seen similar glowing features. Others believe they possess astonishing paranormal qualities and link our world with an alternate dimension. Some firsthand witnesses claim to have heard ghostly voices and seen apparitions after an Earth Light appearance. In both cases, the effect of magnetic variations on brain patterns has been cited as having an influence. Many researchers believe the fierce magnetic upheaval caused by conflicting tectonic forces needed in Earth Light creation may cause the brain to suffer hallucinations.
One of the most prevalent areas for Earth Light incidents in Britain is Logendale Valley in the Peak District. A local resident who has witnessed the lights over thirty times in sixteen years. He produces paintings of the local landscapes as a catalog of his sightings. In most of his pictures, in the corner of a field or the side of a valley, lurks the image of a small glowing orb. For him, the Earth Light phenomenon is inexplicable but appears to be a naturally occurring phenomenon.