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scanned or reproduced some of the commonly quoted historical documents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.
This page is under revision as we redesign and add content to our
site. Rather than delay the availability of new content during this
phase we decided to implement the new pages now. Please check back
as the site expands!