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The Hessdalen Lights

In December 1981, the Hessdalen Valley suddenly became famous when a remarkable run of anomalous lights in the sky was reported by locals and tourists, sometimes as many as 20 sightings per week. The following documentary gives a good overview of the history of the phenomenon, taking you on location and talking with many of those who have been involved in researching the ‘Hessdalen Lights‘ in the decades since their appearance:

Unusual lights have been reported here since 1940s or earlier. Especially high activity of Hessdalen lights took place from December 1981 until the summer of 1984 when lights were observed 15 to 20 times per week. The frequency of the lights caused a gathering numerous tourists staying there overnight to see the phenomenon. Since then, the activity has decreased and now the lights are observed some 10 – 20 times per year.

The Hessdalen light most often is a bright, white or yellow light of unknown origin standing or floating above the ground level. Sometimes the light can be seen for more than one hour. There are several other types of unexplained lights observed in the Hessdalen valley.

Since 1983 there has been ongoing scientific research often nicknamed “Project Hessdalen”, initiated by Dr. Erling Strand. In 1998, the Hessdalen AMS automated scientific research station was built in the valley. It registers and records the appearance of lights.

Later, the EMBLA program was initiated. It brings together established scientists and students into researching these lights. Leading research institutions are Østfold University College (Norway) and the Italian National Research Council.

  1. When searching for answers, look for the anomalous
    I just finished reading ‘Hunt for the Skinwalker’. In it one can find that the NIDS scientists had many interviews with the Hessdalen team, because they were searching for input into how to conduct a long-term survey inside a paranormal hotspot.

    The Hessdalen team informally disclosed that aside from anomalous lights, there have been several high-strangeness cases in that area as well, including sightings of large triangular craft & humanoids. These cases were deliberately omitted by the Hessdalen project, because the researchers figured they had already a tough job with just trying to make the case that unknown aerial phenomena were worthy of scientific pursuit.

    Greg Bishop had several interviews with the late abduction researcher Karla Turner. He says his favorite quote from her is “The truth to me more likely is going to lie in the anomalous details.” I concur.

  2. Though provoking . . .
    I’ve always wondered if a large component of the UFO phenomenon had natural causes that we didn’t yet understand and didn’t fit into any current scientific models. The research conducted in Hessdalen seems to indicate that very well could be the case.

    As for the other strangeness in the area, it might ultimately be accounted for as a by-product of the phenomenon.

    This appears to be a very good model for how all UFO research should be conducted – orderly, logical, open-minded; using proven, empirical methods of scientific research.

    I have a hunch a real answer may come out of Hessdalen one day while U.S. “researchers” are still arguing over Roswell.

    1. More plasmas from the Pine
      More plasmas from the Pine bush, NY area:

      There is a high correlation of sightings with rich mineral deposits. Anyone building advanced craft still needs elements from the periodic table. The Pine Bush, NY area has notable deposits of beryllium and titanium two elements often assayed from alleged UFO parts. It shouldn’t be surprising that there in so much UFO activity in the South American Andes either where there are many regions of rich mineral deposits.
      I sometimes wonder if the flares are just an indicator of high intensity ore processing in mid air where the waste products can be more easily dissipated.

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