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Occult & Paranormal
  • Author:
    James Bunnell
  • ISBN:
    0970924941
  • ISBN13:
    978-0970924940
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  • Publisher:
    Lacey Publishing Co; 2nd printing edition (December 1, 2009)
  • Pages:
    320 pages
  • Subcategory:
    Occult & Paranormal
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James Bunnell grew up in Marfa, a small town in West Texas. This is really a wonderfully interesting book by James Bunnell documenting his efforts to find the nature behind the Marfa lights.

James Bunnell grew up in Marfa, a small town in West Texas. He retired from BAE Systems as director of Mission Solutions for Air Force programs, and was a member of the launch team for all manned Apollo launches (from 1968 to 1973) and earned an Apollo Achievement Award for support of the Apollo 11 launch. He has written two other books: Seeing Marfa Lights and Night Orbs.

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The Marfa lights, also known as the Marfa ghost lights, have been observed near . Route 67 on Mitchell Flat east of Marfa, Texas, in the United States

The Marfa lights, also known as the Marfa ghost lights, have been observed near . Route 67 on Mitchell Flat east of Marfa, Texas, in the United States. They have gained some fame as onlookers have attributed them to paranormal phenomena such as ghosts, UFOs, or will-o'-the-wisp.

Hunting Marfa Lights takes the reader on a fascinating journey in pursuit of mysterious nocturnal luminous phenomena that sometimes appear near Marfa, Texas. Hunting Marfa Lights - James Bunnell. Hunting Marfa Lights.

Hunting Marfa Lights reports the results of an eight-year investigation (2001-2009) into mysterious lights seen near Marfa, a small West Texas town. This is, to date, the only long-term, extensive study of these phenomena. Reports of unusual lights east of Marfa extend back to the 1800s.

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Hunting Marfa Lights also includes 34 compelling stories told by individuals who have encountered these mysterious lights and have been amazed by the experience

Hunting Marfa Lights also includes 34 compelling stories told by individuals who have encountered these mysterious lights and have been amazed by the experience. Bunnell's investigation is the only detailed long term study of Mysterious Marfa Lights that has ever been conducted. Hunting Marfa Lights - eBook. Before I read this book, I was intrigued by the Marfa lights, but like many people, believed they were nothing more than the marriage of car headlights and an active imagination. And indeed, headlights were all I saw during the short time I was in the viewing area. Mr. Bunnell addresses the headlight question head-on.

Known as the Marfa Lights, these otherworldly . Four books later, Bunnell has a few theories involving how the Earth’s underground friction produces an electromagnetic light show above the Marfa plains.

Known as the Marfa Lights, these otherworldly wonders remain one of the most unexplained mysteries in the United States. The actor James Dean was rumoured to be so obsessed with the lights that he kept a telescope in his Marfa hotel room during the filming of the movie Giant in 1956. A stage for the surreal.

Hunting Marfa Lights reports the results of an eight-year investigation () into mysterious lights seen near Marfa, a small West Texas . This book describes the only, to date, extensive study of these elusive phenomena.

Hunting Marfa Lights reports the results of an eight-year investigation () into mysterious lights seen near Marfa, a small West Texas town. Based on data collected, the author finds that while most observed lights can be explained, some are truly mysterious and of unknown origin.

Hunting Marfa Lights reports the results of an eight-year investigation (2001–2009) into mysterious lights seen near Marfa, a small West Texas town. This is, to date, the only long-term, extensive study of these phenomena. Reports of unusual lights east of Marfa extend back to the 1800s. Based on data collected, the author finds that while most of the observed lights in this area can be explained, about 3 percent are truly mysterious and of unknown origin. In addition to frequent on-site observations and photography, the author installed three automated monitoring stations equipped with a total of nine cameras, to collect nightly video records. Included in this 311-page book are 34 firsthand accounts from eyewitnesses and more than 120 illustrations and photographs. Of particular interest are compelling stories told by people, including the author, who have encountered these mysterious lights and have been astonished and amazed by the experience.

Kerahuginn
Before I read this book, I was intrigued by the Marfa lights, but like many people, believed they were nothing more than the marriage of car headlights and an active imagination. And indeed, headlights were all I saw during the short time I was in the viewing area.

Mr. Bunnell addresses the headlight question head-on. At the beginning, he states that most people see nothing more than headlights. At the end he concludes that 97% of ML reports are headlights or other mundane sources. In between are the fruits of an 8 year study that involves observation with and without equipment, data collection and analysis, consultation with scientists and university professors across disciplines, and healthy skepticism. In other words, it is a scientific study resting on presupposition that there is a scientific explanation, and that the MLs are not in anyway what we might normally label as "paranormal."

Finally, he concludes with an appendix of stories he's collected, many of which have natural explanations, though not necessarily mundane, which he discusses in the text.
Coiwield
This is really a wonderfully interesting book by James Bunnell documenting his efforts to find the nature behind the Marfa lights. It not only talks about the Marfa lights but also talks about some other interesting phenomena such as optical illusions caused by atmospheric temperature inversions (that could be behind peoples experiences of the lights following their cars), weird eletrical phenomena at a certain point along one of the local roads, much smaller lights that are there very briefly but are gone almost instantaneously, 'gas' releases of some sort from one of the hill areas, electrical storm sprites, owl behaviour in western texas and other nightime phenomena. James also talked about his experience one night where he saw many vehicle lights coming down the road. He pulled onto the road in order to get in front of the vehicles but once he got on the road they disappeared. I read it a while ago so am relying on memory here, but it was hard to put the book down. Much more than Marfa lights going on in Western Texas. I consider it a book on natural phenomena in western Texas with a focus on Marfa light nature. James Bunnell is a retired aerospace engineer and his writing is science based.
Arabella V.
Mr. Bunnell has spent years of work and considerable expense (purchasing and putting together equipment and housing for it) investigating the mysterious lights ("ML") around Marfa, Texas. This book gives more than just a description of his experiences, interesting as they are: It gives us an objective evaluation of some of the most popular hyphtheses on the what and why of these lights. The pros and cons of different origination-suggestions do not give us a precise and undisputed explanation for what causes them, but it shows us how mysterious they really are.

Many eyewitness reports are included and examined. This includes about three of the reports in light of the possibility of night-mirages, which are demonstrated in pictures. And there are many pictures of the lights and the equipment and much else. This is a deep study.

Although I agree with the author that many of these strange lights in Marfa are not caused by glowing owls (I myself reserve the possibility that a small percentage of them may be), according to the Australian author Fred Silcock, I think Mr. Bunnell should have read more than just a few paragraphs or so of "The Min Min Light" before rejecting the idea that some flying lights, in some parts of the world, are bioluminescent barn owls. He seems to believe that no owl anywhere can glow. But that has little relevance, for the really mysterious Marfa Lights generally do not resemble Silcock Min Mins.

I did not expect Mr. Bunnell to have researched the ropen light of Papua New Guinea; that would have been extraordinary, beyond reasonable expectations. But I believe that most of the Marfa Lights are caused by animals related to the ropen (apparently a bioluminescent living pterosaur). I was delighted that much of the data in "Hunting Marfa Lights" supports the ropen-light interpretation (I expect he'll be amused at my suggestion). Some natives in Papua New Guinea have reported something like the dripping of glowing material that falls from the large ropens as they glow during flight. The dynamic pulsating glow of ropens (also the brighter flashes and more than one brightness level) relates to some observations of Marfa Lights. This is explained in the nonfiction "Live Pterosaurs in America: Not extinct, flying creatures of cryptozoology that some call pterodactyls or flying dinosaurs or prehistoric birds" (third edition).

I did not expect the author to consider the revolutionary idea that the splitting of one Marfa Light into two (with a bright flash) was a ropen-partner turning on its bioluminescence while close to a glowing ropen. They would be coordinating a hunt, perhaps for the Big Brown Bat or for owls or other prey.

I did not expect him to consider that the reason Marfa Lights are rare (only a few event-nights per year in the Marfa area) are because flying bioluminescent creatures in Southwest Texas and Mexico cover a wide area. They search far and wide for easy prey at night, similar to other large predators that hunt on the ground.

I did not expect him to know about the many eyewitness testimonies of ropens in Papua New Guinea. But I was delighted with his thorough examination of much data, showing the difficulties in many other interpretations. It confirmed my belief in the ropen hypothesis, for no other hypothesis seems to match the detailed descriptions of some of these Marfa Lights.
Azago
So often it seems pursuing scientific truth is out of reach of the hobbyist. Foundations and universities have millions of dollars and big, fancy labs, computers and other equipment. Your regular guy doesn't have anywhere close to those kinds of resources.

While the discussion of what the Marfa Lights could be was interesting, what I really enjoyed about this book was the back story. The author tells us what got him interested in this phenomena and how he waited for years until he was retired until he could do something about it. He tells us how he switched out his equipment, his mistakes, his little victories and how he troubleshooted. This is really a story about science at its coolest. You take a mystery and puzzle at it, dissect it. What comes through is the passion for solving the mysteries of the unknown. A great read that will leave you trying to remember all of the physics you can in order to understand what he's talking about!
Rainpick
Neat history of investigating the lights& local history of area
Blackworm
One of the great mysteries of west Texas are the Marfa Lights. What are they? This book discusses the various theories about what they are or might be.