Mysteries of the Marfa Lights Revealed


THE FIRST BOOK TO PRESENT a detailed examination of light phenomena and their applicability to mysterious light displays seen throughout the world including the famous Marfa lights in the Big Bend region of southwest Texas.

 

Mysteries of the Marfa Lights Revealed is a must-read for anyone interested in west Texas history, mysterious lights seen anywhere in the world (the physics is the same everywhere), or anyone planning a trip to the Big Bend region of Texas.               Look Inside -  Preview
 
 
This 264-page book contains 41 original color illustrations  including 8 color maps, and has a wealth of information on the history and local features surrounding Marfa, Texas. Throughout the book, maps and position information enable readers to go to the exact locations being discussed, such as the location of the extreme mirage shown on the cover of the book.

 

The book begins by tracing the development of the Texas region west of the Pecos River from the end of the MexicanAmerican War in 1848, through the years of the Army explorations, and on to the building of the southern transcontinental railroad which passed through the Marfa plain (18821883). With settlement came lights of all types (from matches and campfires to locomotives) AND reports of unidentifiable, “mysterious” lights.

 

Unraveling the “mystery” of these lights required examining what makes light discernable to the human eye, and what the light has to do to get from wherever it originated all the way to your eye. The book examines the questions of how lights can suddenly appear and disappear (without being switched off and on), how they appear to change color, how multiple lights merge and divide, how lights appear to move upward, and even to chase cars. Eyewitness descriptions of such phenomena are examined in detail in developing the explanations. It REALLY is possible for such observations to have occurred!

 

What are the Marfa lights? Well, folks claim the majority of the sightings are of headlights. Not too surprising since headlights are so prevalent. But if they’re headlights, why don’t people recognize them? That’s the enigma. And what about the earliest reported sighting in 1883? That couldn’t have been headlights. There is definitely more to this story than headlights. And, therein lies the mystery of the Marfa lights!

 

Mysteries of the Marfa Lights Revealed has its best animation in full color as both print and e-books. For the black-and-white print edition, all the figures were reworked to optimize their presentation as half-tone graphics. Two figures were moved to the back cover so they could be maintained in color. The 264-page black-and-white edition contains 40 half-tone illustrations  including 8 maps. 
 
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