The mysterious Australian Min Min lights have been documented in various areas since the 1830’s with the majority of sightings originating from the outback areas of Queensland.
Research now shows us that these strange paranormal lights even show up in sections of ancient Aboriginal folklore.
The lights are often described as floating footballs (or ‘soccer’ balls for all you Americans out there!) that disperse a intense glow and can grow in size, get brighter or dimmer, take on various colors, and move position…
On January 25, 1947, the Sydney Morning Herald published the ‘Stockman’s Account’ of the Min Min Lights. The article started off explaining the history behind the seedy Min Min Hotel before it was burned to the ground.
During it’s time the hotel housed some rather undesirable characters and many men lost their lives within it’s grounds.
After it had burned down a stockman on horseback was passing through and he encountered the bizarre light.
He later claimed that he spotted a strange glow over the cemetery that once stood behind the hotel. This light was sort of expanding until it reached the size of a water melon.
Without warning the strange floating light headed straight for the petrified stockman so he rode off as fast as he could – the light gave chase.
The light finally stopped it’s pursuit when the rider eventually reached the outskirts of the town.
Professor Jack Pettigrew
Professor Jack Pettigrew, a neuroscientist from the University of Queensland, has had many encounters with these strange floating objects.
He decided ‘way back when’ to start up a sort of research file on the Min Min to try and figure out what they were all about.
His first encounter took place when he was stargazing – he believed he was staring at the planet Venus but over time he realized that the light approached the horizon but never went below it (it never set).
The most famous of his encounters took place when he was joined by fellow scientists in his car. They spotted the reflection of cat’s eyes in their headlights but then suddenly realized that these eyes were keeping up with the car.
They attempted to use the car computer to track the lights to their source but the computer kept on insisting that the lights were more than 300 km away!
The Min Min Lights
These strange types of lights are not just a unique occurrence to Australia, they are found all over the world.
Mexico has lights that the elders believe are the souls of lost witches. In may part of the world (Wales) we have the will-o’-the-wisp.
These Celtic lights are thought to be rather dangerous as their main aim is to lure the viewer into a dangerous area of forest.
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