What Are The Mysterious Marfa Lights?

On the side of a desolate road in Texas sits a sign that reads "SEE MYSTERIOUS LIGHTS." What does it mean? It refers to the curious Marfa lights, an optical phenomenon that occurs in the small town of Marfa in the southwest region of Texas. The town has a population just over 2,000, but it draws in tourists and curious minds with its occasional light show. The lights are reported only seen about ten to twenty times in a given year, but not necessarily during particular months or seasons. An engineering professor at Texas State University was quoted as saying, "It may be geological activity that creates electrical activity, but it's all speculation at this point. There are no proven facts." Though Marfa looks like a town straight out of the 1950s, it has become a popular spot for contemporary artists with a thriving, but small, art scene.

Key Facts In This Video

  1. The Marfa lights are a strange phenomenon that occur year-round in Marfa, Texas. 01:32

  2. The Marfa lights are also referred to as the "Marfa ghost lights." 01:43

  3. There is a Marfa Lights Festival in Marfa, Texas. 02:39

Written by Curiosity Staff January 8, 2016

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