-One of the most famous and well-publicized UFO flaps in the United States history
It all started in a city in Texas called Lubbock, with three friends chatting away in a calm evening of August 25, 1951. The three men namely Dr. W. I. Robinson, professor of geology, Dr. A. G. Oberg, a professor of chemical engineering, and Professor W. L. Ducker, head of the department of petroleum engineering, were enjoying the serenity of the dark summer night, discussing micrometeorites over a cup of tea when at around 9:20 PM, something caught their attention in the sky above. As soon as they looked up, they couldn’t believe their eyes.
Approximately 20-30 lights, as bright as stars but larger in size, zoomed over their heads in a matter of seconds. The mysterious blue-green lights danced across the sky, from horizon to horizon. They looked like luminous beads, arranged in a crescent shape. About an hour later, another similar formation was observed. The professors immediately ruled out meteors as a possible cause for the sighting, though they were not sure what they had seen but were all in agreement – they had witnessed something spectacular.
The three friends were so determined to view the objects again and discover their identity, that they gathered again on September 5, 1951, along with two other professors from Texas Tech. It wasn’t long when the lights flew overhead and this time, the men were able to get a better view. There were about a dozen lights that appeared to be about the size of a dinner plate, absolutely circular in size. They were greenish-blue, slightly fluorescent in color, giving the professors an eerie feeling. They observed one formation of lights flying above a thin cloud at about 2,000 feet; this allowed them to calculate that the lights were traveling at over 600 miles per hour. They excitedly discussed the sightings among themselves before going to the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal with all their observations. The professors were given credibility due to their impressive background and an investigation called Project Bluebook was assigned to take place led by U.S. Air Force Captain Edward J. Ruppelt.
It was soon discovered that these professors weren’t apparently not the only people who witnessed the phenomenon. In fact, by the time the government got involved, there were hundreds of sightings over a period of two weeks. Between August and November, many claimed to see these light formations. Often glowing lights that appeared to be oriented along the edges or bottom in a “V” or “U” shaped “flying wing.” While many locals offered incomplete or poorly expressed recollections, a 19-year old freshman at Texas Tech named Carl Hart Jr. had physical proof; he had managed to capture this strange spectacle on his Kodak 33-mm camera. On the evening of August 30, 1951, Carl was looking out of the window of his room when he observed a group of white lights in a “v” formation flying overhead. Hart took his camera and walked to the backyard of his parents’ home where he managed to snap five pictures before the lights disappeared. After having the photos developed, Hart took them to the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal’s editor, Jay Harris for $10. The photos soon became the public face of what is now called “The Lubbock Lights.” These pictures were even featured in Life Magazine, further boosting the mystery of the strange UFO phenomena. Many claimed that Hart’s photos were fake, analyzing them numerous times over the years, only to be proven frustratingly inconclusive. The authenticity these photographs are highly debated although Hart has consistently claimed them to be genuine. Till date, the five snaps are some of the most famous UFO photos ever to be taken.
As the Lubbock Lights were becoming a nationwide sensation, there were a lot of theories popping up as to what they could be. Weather balloons, birds reflecting street lights, top secret experimental aircraft, satellites, meteorites, practically anything one can think of to give a logical explanation of this phenomena. Yet, nothing seemed to really completely fit what the locals witnessed. The strange case of Lubbock Lights still remains unsolved. Very little progress has been made in determining just what exactly took place. What was this atmospheric phenomena? Or a naturally-occurring electrical phenomenon? Was it some experiments with aircraft or rockets, birds, or meteorites? What makes this case very baffling is the amount of individuals who witnessed it, and who still stand by the idea that this was something from beyond their conventional understanding. Whatever the Lubbock Lights were, they have gone on to become a much-discussed and puzzling mass UFO sightings.
There have been many reports around the world of similar sightings. Like in the regions of Hessdalen, we often hear of the semi-famous Hessdalen Lights, comprising of ghostly illuminations that take to the skies over the valley in rural central Norway. A similar phenomenon known as the Brown Mountain Lights took place halfway across the world over in the heart of the Smoky Mountains. A series of ghost lights reported occasionally over the years has done well at becoming a defined presence among legends and ghost stories of the region. Marfa, another city in Texas, has its own variety of odd earthlight phenomenon, as well as Michigan’s Paulding lights, and the similar occurrence believed to have taken place further south near Oviedo, Florida. And these sightings don’t stop there, there are countless instances that involve the ghostly “Will o’ the Wisp” in European folklore where atmospheric lights are seen by travelers at night.
As you might have concluded, these formation of lights have filled the earth’s skies time and over yet even experts have no concrete explanation. What do you think? Are these really signs of existence from our intergalactic neighbors?