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This site is devoted to unbiased, scientific information on the Brown Mountain Lights. Faculty and students at Appalachian State are investigating the Brown Mountain Lights, which are reported visible from several viewing points in the Linville area of the mountains of North Carolina. The lights are most often reported as small, star-like dots of light of a brightness comparable to stars. Motion of the lights has varied by reports, from slow movements to almost firework type action.

Some of the first reports and investigations are described in the History section. Our efforts to study the phenomenon is covered in the Research section. Go to "See the Lights" for directions to the most common viewing sites. Some of the quaint myths for the origin and cause of the lights are found in the Legends area. Modern thoughts about what their cause could be is found in the Theories section. We have scanned or reproduced some of the commonly quoted historical documents and posted them under References. For further information, the investigators may be reached via phone numbers and addresses found under Contact.

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