light phenomena


UFO Sighting: Darlington, UK. August 23,

Witness report:

I was travelling East along the A66 approx 8 miles from Scotch Corner when i noticed a cluster of lights on the South West horizon. At first i thought the closest resemblance i could think of was a squadron of helicopters with lights on. However after a good few miles they hadn’t moved at all and i managed to take a photograph and video. It wasn’t a great day for visibility and i couldn’t make anything else out other than the lights and their apparent lack of movement. I was mystified at the time and still am, especially after seeing the video again.

let’s talk about the northern lights

  here’s a real-time video for the starters.

Northern lights/Aurora borealis are called revontulet (fox’s fire) in Finnish. According to an old belief revontulet are born when a fox runs and swishes snow with its tail. Sami people have a lot of folklore concerning northern lights.

In reality, they’re a natural light display that appears when solar wind/magnetospheric plasma hit Earth’s upper atmosphere.  

Northern lights come in various shapes, sizes and colours: sometimes it’s just a dim green glow in the horizon, sometime’s it’s a rapidly moving multicolour splash that fills the whole sky. The most common type is probably a kinda blurry, yellow-green string of northern lights. Northern lights can also look like a defined string, an arch, an explosion…

The color depends on the atom and its energy (the guide below is extremely simplified!):

  • O (monatomic oxygen) -> green
  • O2 (molecular oxygen)-> red 
  • N (nitrogen) -> blue
  • yellow, pink and purple are mixtures of red/green/blue aurora

Many people who’ve seen northern lights (including me) claim that they make a sound. The sound is described as humming, clanking and/or clattering. Scientists have been unsure how it could be possible as northern lights appear around 100 km above the ground. However, Finnish scientists at Aalto University have discovered that the sound might actually be the same particles that cause the light phenomena, possibly as they hit physical objects closer to the ground.

Basically the more north you go, the bigger are your chances of catching some northern lights. In northernmost Finland they can be seen as often as the every other night. In southern Finland, however, only a couple of times a year - or not at all. (They do occur every year in the south as well, but are not always visible due to clouds and/or light pollution.) 

In the end, here’s a small video of two Finnish guys and their nightly northern light hunt.

Light pillars by Victor Stolbovoy

Time was around midnight. I accidentally looked out of window and noticed something strange, sort of illusion of reflection. Thinking that it might be a greasy window surface I opened it. In two minutes I was outside with a tripod and a loaded camera almost running in awe towards one of the greatest things I’ve ever seen.


Crop Circles - Balls of Light

Balls of light filmed around various crop circles.

Some terms from Finnish mythology

Aarnivalkeat - are spots where an eternal flame associated with Will o’ the wisps burns (Virvatulet in Finnish). They are claimed to mark the places where faerie gold or a other treasure is buried. Although clearly folklore, the claim has been made that the Outokumpu (“weird hill”) coppermine — the largest coppermine in Europe at its time — was discovered due to some light phenomena or another.

Etiäinen - a human-like spirit that goes ahead of you in your life. If you meet this spirit you can see things that aren’t yet happened to you or to someone else. The word etiäinen is a commonly used in other parts of Finland and is a part of everyday vocabulary meaning a sign or an omen.

Ihtiriekko or liekkiö (“flamey”) - a ghost of a bastard child. Ihtiriekko is a bastard child that has been killed by child’s mother and after that buried outside of the graveyard becouse the child is not accepted by the church or sosiety. Baby can’t go to heaven and becomes a ghost. This ghost could make terrible noise until somebody dugs up his/her body and buries it in graveyard. Such ghost people call Ihtiriekko. Ghosts could also be quiet, but she/he might be seen as a flame in forest, like will o’ the wisp. Such ghost people call Liekkiö.

Itse (“self”) - a part of the soul that is not attached to other parts of the soul. Itse is described to be your a look-a-like even if it can be separate from your body and it can go ahead of you like etiäinen. You can also loose your itse and then you’ll become sick and depressed. The dead ones are maybe taken your itse to Tuonela (Underworld). It was also believed that alcoholism can take your itse away because under the influence of alcohol you’re not yourself.

Sielulintu (“soulbird”) - means the home of your soul. It is believed that when a new baby is born, the bird brings a soul to him/her. And when a person dies the bird comes to take a soul away. Sieluluntu also means a wooden bird that people kept besides of themselves when sleeping so that the bird can look after your soul when you sleep.

Tuonela - is a realm of the dead or the Underworld. Tuonela is best known for its appearance in the Finnish national epic Kalevala. In Kalevala Väinämöinen, a shamanistic hero, travels to Tuonela to seek the knowledge of the dead. On the journey he meets a girl, Tuonen piika (Death’s maid), who takes him over the river of Tuoni.

Street light interference phenomenon

Street light interference (SLI) is a term coined by paranormal author Hilary Evans to denote the claimed ability of individuals to turn street lights or outside building security lights on or off when passing near them. Believers in SLI allege that they experience it on a regular basis with specific lamps and more frequently than chance would explain.

Evans’ 1993 book The SLI Effect proposes that the phenomenon is “not consistent with our current knowledge of how people interact with the physical world.” Evans coined the term “SLIder” to refer to someone who allegedly causes this effect, and cites SLIders’ claims of being able to “extinguish a row of sodium vapor lamps in sequence, each one going out as the witnesses nears it. 

Some proponents believe static electricity or "some kind of energy emitted by the human body is responsible for SLI. Others claim the alleged phenomenon is caused by individuals having psychic or psychokinetic ability.


Produsent: J. L. Nerlien A/S, nordlys, Grønland, 19. januar 1939.

Grev Micard ledet Quest-ekspedisjonen med fangstskuta Quest i Loch Fine, Nord-Østgrønland 1936-1937. Bildene er trolig tatt der.

Norsk Teknisk Museum, NTM CST 36.

aleph-ozone  asked:

Gem associated with light or the absence thereof?? Do those exist?? Gems related to light phenomena (like the twiligh, rainbows and mirages) also work.

I tried looking up some gems, but I couldn’t find anything. I think there might be something to do with light and gems, but I’m not recalling it at the moment DX For now, here are some gems named after light phenomena.

Gemstones Named After Light Phenomena:
-Midnight Lace Obsidian
-Night Blue Pearl
-Rainbow Calcite
-Rainbow Fluorite
-Rainbow Moonstone
-Rainbow Obsidian
-Rainbow Pyrite
-Rainbow Mayanite Quartz
-Rainbow Solar Quartz
-Rainbow Topaz
-Sonora Sunrise
-Star Sunstone
-Sunshine Aura Quartz

How to produce a drug free altered state of consciousness in 10 minutes

When one thinks about altered states of consciousness, psychedelic plants and other substances might be the first things which come to mind. Although these substances can be used in this manner, as well as for medicinal purposes (and more), such states can also be achieved through other means.

Meditation is one great example, and there is no shortage of studies explicating this phenomenon, or the subsequent changes in brain activity and in the nervous system which regular meditation produces. In fact, the effects of things like drugs, yoga, self-hypnosis, mutual hypnosis, meditation, and brainwave feedback have all been extensively explored by various scientists, researchers, psychologists (and more) from all over the world. Altered states of consciousness is definitely an interesting area of study.

Dr. Bruce Greyson, Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Science at the University of Virginia and one of the ‘fathers’ of near-death studies, even urged the United Nations to take these matters more seriously. This is because increasing our knowledge of ‘alternative’ experiences and health practices is incredibly important; studying these phenomena sheds lights on new, unexplored areas of science, and tells us more about the nature of our reality. It is the job of science to examine these so-called ‘fringe’ topics.  

One of the latest bits of new research to emerge on the topic of altered states of consciousness comes from a psychologist in Italy. Giovanni Caputo, from the Univeristy of Urbino, has figured out how to induce a drug-free altered state.

The study was published in the journal Psychiatry Research. 

He produced this effect by asking 20 volunteers to sit and stare into each other’s eyes for 10 minutes straight. After doing so, participants started reporting strange “out of body” experiences alongside even stranger hallucinations. The volunteers were told very little about the purpose of the study, only that it had to do with a “meditative experience with eyes open.”

After 10 mintues, the volunteers were asked to complete questionnaires detailing what they experienced during and after the experiment.

“The participants in the eye-staring group said they’d had a compelling experience unlike anything they’d felt before,” Christian Jerrett writes for the British Psychological Society’s Research Digest.

So what exactly is going on here?

“On the dissociative states test, they gave the strongest ratings to items related to reduced colour intensity, sounds seeming quieter or louder than expected, becoming spaced out, and time seeming to drag on. On the strange-face questionnaire, 90 percent of the eye-staring group agreed that they’d seen some deformed facial traits, 75 percent said they’d seen a monster, 50 percent said they saw aspects of their own face in their partner’s face, and 15 percent said they’d seen a relative’s face.” – Christian Jarrett.

One explanation could be what’s called neural adaptation, which describes how our neurons can slow down and even completely stop their response to stimulation that is unchanging. This happens when you stare at anything – your perception changes until you blink or something within the scene changes. This explanation, however, only covers one aspect of what participant’s experience when they practice eye gazing.

conversationinthehallway  asked:

9 for the Drabble Challenge. It made me laugh!

9 – “You can’t banish me! This is my bed too!”

“Come on, Scully – you’ve never thought about it?”

“Mulder, for the love of God, please shut the hell up.” She cracks one eye open to level a glare in his direction. “Go to sleep already.”

She covers her head with a pillow, and he grins down at her. “I’m not tired.”

“Well, I am,” is her muffled response, her voice laced with irritation. “And I’m not interested in whether Elvis Presley was an alien.” She throws the pillow aside in exasperation. “Seriously, where do you get this crap?”

Aha. She’s awake and ready to argue.

His face lights up, and he sits up straight in bed. “Hey, I never said he was an alien. I simply stated that there is a documented connection between Elvis and UFOs. His father is on record as saying that he saw strange light phenomena in the sky shortly before Elvis’ birth, and – “

“Mulder,” Scully throws her arm over her face. “Stop talking. I am not having this conversation. It is two o’clock in the morning.”

“It’s one thirty,” he corrects her. “And since when do we keep normal hours?”

She rolls to face away from him. “I wouldn’t entertain this idiocy at any hour. I’m tired. If you’re not, go watch TV or something.”

“I’ll miss you.”

“I’ll live.”

Mulder grabs his chest in mock despair, even though she can’t see him. “You wound me.”

“Not yet. Keep it up.”

“Okay,” he smirks. “I will. I haven’t even gotten to the best part yet.”

Settling back against his pillow, he clears his throat and continues. “Elvis himself said that when he was eight years old, he was telepathically communicated with by an alien being. This alien, wearing a white jumpsuit, appeared to young Elvis, and showed him a vision – “

This time, the pillow is hurled at his head. “Get out.”

“Excuse me?”

When Scully sits up, her hair is tousled, and the look on her face is pure exasperation.

Even pissed off and sleep deprived, she takes his breath away.

“I said, get out. I am going to sleep, Mulder. I have to be up in four hours. You can awe me with the life and times of Elvis the extraterrestrial tomorrow.” She glances at the clock, then corrects herself, “I’m sorry, later today.”

He opens his mouth to protest, and she repeats herself again, through dangerously clenched teeth. “Out.

He frowns, his full lips moving into a pout. “Hey, you can’t banish me! This is my bed!”

One perfectly groomed eyebrow shoots straight up.

“… too.” He quickly adds. “It’s my bed too.”

Scully smiles slowly.

Uh oh. That can’t be good.

“Are you suggesting I go sleep on the couch, Mulder? Because if you don’t, I will. Is that something you’d like to see happen?”

Yes, Scully, I would very much like to not get laid for an indefinite period of time.

“No,” he grumbles, grabbing his pillow and standing. “You’re mean,” he adds petulantly.

“Good night, Mulder.” She snuggles into the covers, her fiery hair fanning out over the white of his pillow.

“Good night, Scully,” he smiles softly, leaning down to press a kiss against her forehead.

One night on the couch, for a lifetime with this woman? Deal.


Slim Pickings: June 9th, 2017

Today, the board gaming section had nothing. It has been slim pickings for the past couple of weeks. However, today’s find was a war gamers’ painting guide put out by The Foundary. The book itself looks great! It’s something I enjoyed looking through.

Of course, because of the dry spell I was limited on what I could post. However, I do have two articles I’m working on for this blog: Thrifting 101 and The Secret History of Sillisculpt. I’m hoping to have those two done sooner than later. 

The Secret History of Sillisculpt is going to require some research in order for it to be as accurate as I can. It’s an unignorable thrift store phenomena. It sits firmly in the realm of other common thrift store tropes such as “Sea Shells Stuck to Shit” and “Clay Crap.” A thrift store isn’t complete without at least one Sillisculpt. It’s about time I shed some light on this thrifting phenomena.