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This Texas Town Has a Brilliant 'Mystery Light' Show

Entertainment | Gabe Zaldivar | June 16, 2015

This Texas Town Has a Brilliant 'Mystery Light' Show

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There is something so wonderfully provocative about the term “mystery lights” that it makes perfect sense that many from around the world would stop by the relatively quaint town in Texas to see what all the fuss was about.

And fuss is exactly what gets the attention in a Seekers Stories video that while short packs a wallop of intrigue (h/t Digg).

It centers on Marfa, a town of a little over 2,000 residents that boasts something quite interesting: mystery lights that seemingly come from nowhere and show up without notice or warning.

There are even a couple of signs that mark where travelers might want to pause their daily lives to see if they might become part of a rare collective of individuals that have actually seen the phenomenon.

Here is a closer look at the ongoing story:

Jonathan Zedda is a photographer from Italy who fell in love with the desert landscape, and came to Marfa to capture the abundant beauty.

That trip led to the image seen above, which touts the kind of light show you make plans to see.

Zedda offers his thoughts on the town and their famed lights: “There was no lights that particular day or during my stay in Marfa. It’s a beautiful place anyway. The Marfa lights are just a part of the beauty of the city and the charm of the city.”

As for what causes these capricious lights that seem to come out whenever they please, little is certain.

Reports from the Houston Chronicle as well as Live Science have tried to nail down exactly what causes these lights.

The former spoke with a cryptozoologist who believes the lights are some sort of “flying dinosaurs.”

Meanwhile Live Science pored over myriad theories including one that seems to make its way into science fiction so often as an explanation for paranormal activity: swamp gas.

The website states, “Still others speculate the Marfa Lights may be caused by the same gases that create the glowing lights associated with swamp gas: phosphine (PH3) and methane (CH4). Under certain conditions, these gases can ignite when they contact oxygen.”

Our best guess is that it’s the work of extremely bored aliens that for some reason find it entertaining to frolic in Marfa’s vast void of desert.

While it could be car headlights, we like to think aliens would travel millions of light years to put on the galaxy’s most mundane light show.

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