From the Author
The principles of light transmission through the atmosphere are presented and one specific illustration of a current light display is treated in detail to enable readers to appreciate how strongly lights can be affected by the atmosphere. The example is a spectacular mirage on US67/90 just north of the Marfa plain. This mirage can be seen by anyone visiting the area.
The combination of history, geography, and light principles enables a learned examination of seven examples of credibly documented strange and mysterious light sightings. Four of the lights are found to come from vehicle headlights. The other three come from natural sources. But even though these natural lights came from "common, ordinary sources", witnesses could not identify them readily - putting them all in the category of mysterious lights. By definition when a light's behavior is unexpected and its source is unknown, the light is "mysterious".
Most readers will be pleased to see how sightings that today are understandable were thought to have been mysterious at the time they were first seen.
However, people who pursue these lights from a paranormal, occult, or ufology viewpoint will be disappointed. These individuals seek answers that are beyond normal (i.e., paranormal), and claim that ordinary light sources (like vehicle headlights) cannot be mysterious. To reduce any sighting to something explainable removes it from the realm of the paranormal and disappoints them.
Fortunately, the rest of us seek real answers to real problem statements. We are pleased to discover - a) Why mountains can appear to move closer to us; b) How mirages can exhibit the strange behavior seen on the cover of the book; c) How natural lights can frighten people enough to think that the lights are chasing them; and d) How vehicle lights in four different places in the Marfa area can go up, "dance" up and down, or change color, while not being perceivable as coming from vehicles.
About the Author
Two research areas that are relevant to the current investigation are -- (1) Three years of post graduate research in plasma physics at the Institute of Plasma Research at Stanford University, and (2) sixteen years of research on ultrasonic wave phenomena in piezoelectric crystals. Two technology leadership activities that are relevant to this book are -- Two years developing imaging systems utilizing charge-coupled devices, and 2) Was technical leader in the design of a hyperspectral imaging satellite for the U.S. Air Force.
Dr. Wagers is a Rhodes Scholar and Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. He has 56 critically-reviewed technical publications and 12 U.S. Patents. He is retired and conducts investigations, such as the ones in this book, for the pure joy of discovery.
Judy Wagers has masters degrees in business administration and English. She began her professional career as an editor and project manager for a California publisher of children's educational materials. Later, she joined the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. Since her retirement, she has been writing about the history of the department and has published two books (available on Amazon), Every Life Has A Story And This Is Mine and The Life and Times of William F. Mengert, M.D.
Judy shares her husband's passion for discovery. She enjoys a good mystery and found unraveling the Marfa lights to be an intriguing adventure. As the illustrator and editor-in-chief of this twosome, she fancies herself the "translator" who puts the technical into lay terms - hopefully, she says, in a way that will capture the Reader's interest.