Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Wednesday Weird: The Hessdalen Lights

Let's talk about lights in the sky.

Specifically the Hessdalen Lights, found in the (naturally) Hessdalen Valley in Norway.

For decades now, lights appear in the sky over the Hessdalen Valley. And no one knows what they are.

This has been happening since at least the 1940s. The lights start floating at or above ground level and they're often yellow or white but occasionally flash different colors. Sometimes the light will last in the air for longer than an hour. During the time span of 1981-1984 the lights were seen around 20 times a week, though now they've dropped off to about 20 times a year.

And it's not just regular people seeing these light. Science has straight up said they're real, they just don't know what they are.

There are plenty of theories, though, regarding the source of the lights.

Some scientists think the valley itself could be one giant battery. One wall of the valley is full of copper deposits and the other wall is full of zinc. The river a running through the valley contains sulfuric acid, which leaches into the water from a nearby sulfur mine. That's pretty much a battery right there. But no one's been able to prove it.

Another theory, and this one quite a bit scarier, is that the valley is actually highly radioactive with radon particles. These particles ride on dust until it's up in the atmosphere. Then the radon decays which produces the lights. There have been some tests that support this theory.

There are others as well, but really, no one knows what is causing the lights.

Thoughts or theories?


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

If it's radioactive, I wouldn't want to be there witnessing the lights in person.

Rena said...

The second theory seems really easy to test with just a geiger counter pointed at the lights. Don't they think it's odd that so much radon would decay at once, though? And if that is radon in those amounts, shouldn't therr be super gigh correlation of lung cancer? Either way, that's neat (but I don't think I want to visit ).

Matthew MacNish said...

I'm not saying it's Aliens, but ...

Meradeth Houston said...

Interesting! Sounds like there could be some fun science to do, or at least some fun stories! :)

Anne Gallagher said...

I think I'd go with the river theory. Much safer than radioactive material.

Then again, could be aliens.

Maria Zannini said...

Hubby was reading this with me and he said it was acting like a battery. Either way, my question is why does it show up as balls of light. Why not a stream or wave?

My other question is, radon is supposed to be easy to detect. Why can't scientists state categorically if it's radon?

Again, why is it showing up as balls of light? If it's dust, shouldn't it look more like a veil of light?

Inquiring minds want to know. :)

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