Brown Mountain Lights | NC Weekend | UNC-TV

Brown Mountain Lights | NC Weekend | UNC-TV


>>WELCOME TO “NORTH
CAROLINA WEEKEND,” I’M DEBORAH HOLT NOEL. THE MYSTERIOUS BROWN
MOUNTAIN LIGHTS HAVE BEEN A MOUNTAIN LEGEND FOR
GENERATIONS. NO ONE KNOWS WHAT CAUSES
THEM OR IF THEY TRULY EXIST. BUT FOR DECADES,
SCIENTISTS HAVE STUDIED THEM, PEOPLE HAVE LOOKED
FOR THEM, AND THE LEGEND OF THE LIGHTS GROWS
STRONGER WITH EACH PASSING YEAR. HEATHER BURGISS LOOKS INTO
THE MYSTERY OF THE BROWN MOUNTAIN LIGHTS. ♪>>I FIRST HEARD ABOUT THE
BROWN MOUNTAIN LIGHTS AS A CHILD.>>WOULD I SAY THEY’RE REAL? I WOULDN’T SAY THEY ARE
NOT REAL.>>THEY DO SOME STRANGE
THINGS SOMETIMES, THESE LIGHTS.>>I JUST GOT TO BE
SKEPTICAL AND CYNICAL. I THOUGHT WELL, MAYBE ALL
THE REPORTS ARE BOGUS.>>I DON’T KNOW WHERE THEY
COME FROM, I DON’T KNOW WHERE THEY GO, I JUST SEE THEM. ♪>>EVER SINCE I WAS A KID
I CAN REMEMBER ADULTS TALKING ABOUT HAVING SOME
SORT OF ENCOUNTER WHERE THEY SEE THE LIGHTS, YOU
KNOW, FLOATING UP ON THE THING. I’M A CYCLIST, SO I RIDE
ALL THROUGH THE WOODS WHERE THE LIGHTS OCCUR. I’VE NEVER SEEN ANYTHING,
BUT HAVE DEFINITELY HAD A FEW ENCOUNTERS THAT HAVE
LEFT ME WITH A WEIRD FEELING, A SENSE OF
SOMETHING BEING THERE. ♪
>>MY NAME IS CHARLES BRASWELL, JR.,
AND I WENT OUT TO THE 181 OVERLOOK AROUND 1999. JUST STARTED MAKING
REGULAR TRIPS, I’M THINKING IT WAS LIKE MY
35th TRIP BEFORE I ACTUALLY SAW WHAT I
THOUGHT WAS A BROWN MOUNTAIN LIGHT. WHEN THIS LIGHT APPEARED,
I JUST GOT QUIET, DEATHLY QUIET. I WAS CONCENTRATING ON
CAPTURING IT, AND MAKING SURE I GOT IT ON FILM AND
IT WAS JUST INSPIRING TO SEE IT. I HAD SPENT SO MUCH TIME
THERE LOOKING AT NOTHING OUT THERE IN THE NIGHT SKY
AND THEN SUDDENLY THIS BRIGHT LIGHT SHOWS UP. IT WAS REALLY PUZZLING
BECAUSE I JUST WONDERED WHAT THAT WAS, WHAT DID I
JUST SEE.>>OK, I’M GOING TO WRITE
TO HEATHER, KEEP ON BELIEVING IN THE POSSIBLE.>>I LIKE IT.>>THAT’S REAL THE WHOLE
MYSTERY, IT COULD BE POSSIBLE. ALL RIGHT, THANK YOU.>>I’VE SEEN THEM ENOUGH
TIMES I KNOW THEY ARE REAL. I CAN’T TELL YOU WHAT THEY
ARE, BUT I CAN TELL YOU THAT THEY DEFINITELY EXIST. ♪
>>MY NAME IS DAN CATON, I’M A PROFESSOR OF PHYSICS
AND ASTRONOMY AND I’VE BEEN STUDYING THE BROWN
MOUNTAIN LIGHTS FOR TWO OR THREE DECADES.>>THIS IS LEE HAWKINS,
HE’S MY OBSERVATORY ENGINEER.>>TELL ME A LITTLE BIT
ABOUT THE SIGNIFICANCE OF HAVING THE CAMERAS, AND
WHAT YOU ARE HOPING TO ACHIEVE.>>WELL, WE HOPE TO
CAPTURE IMAGES OF THE LIGHTS. THE GENERAL SCHEME NOW IS
THEY GO OUT, THINKING THEY WANT TO SEE THE LIGHTS,
THEY SEE SOME LIGHTS, AND THEY LEAVE THINKING THEY
HAVE SEEN THE LIGHTS. AND WHEREAS MOST OF THOSE
LIGHTS THEY SAW WERE MAN-MADE OR NATURAL LIGHTS
OF ONE TYPE OR ANOTHER. IF WE CAN SORT OUT WHAT’S
REAL, THEN WE WANT TO CORRELATE THAT WITH
SOMETHING LIKE THE IONOSPHERIC ACTIVITY OR
METEOROLOGY OR WHATEVER MIGHT TRIGGER IT. THAT’S THE BIG QUESTION. IT WON’T MATTER WHAT WE
FIND BECAUSE THE MYTH WILL OUTLIVE US. I’LL BE LONG GONE AND THE
MYTH WILL BE OUT THERE. ♪>>I’M C. W. SMITH,
I WORKED AS A RECREATION TECHNICIAN FOR
THE U. S. FOREST SERVICE, I SPENT
A LOT OF THE TIME IN THE AREA, PATROLING THE AREA
WHERE A LOT OF PEOPLE GO TO LOOK FOR THE BROWN
MOUNTAIN LIGHTS. MY, MY, A LITTLE ON THE
NIPPY SIDE HERE.>>SO WISEMANS VIEW.>>IS THIS YOUR FIRST TIME
HERE?>>IT IS, IT IS.>>I’LL TELL YOU, WAIT
‘TIL YOU GET UP HERE WHERE YOU CAN SEE IT ALL.>>IT’S GORGEOUS.>>YOU WILL COME BACK.>>IS THIS WHERE YOU FIRST
SAW THE BROWN MOUNTAIN LIGHTS?>>THIS IS THE FIRST PLACE
I EVER SAW THEM. ME AND MY BUDDY’S COME
DOWNHERE RESPONDING TO A CALL AND HE SAID THAT’S
PROBABLY ONE OF THEM LIGHTS. AND WE KNEW THE AREA SO
GOOD, WE PATROLED IT ALL THE TIME, WE KNEW IT
WASN’T A FLASHLIGHT, WE KNEW IT WASN’T A LANTERN,
WE WATCHED IT FOR PROBABLY FIVE, TEN, 15 MINUTES, I
DON’T KNOW, TIME, YOU DON’T KEEP UP WITH THE
TIME WHEN THOSE KIND OF THINGS HAPPEN AND IT GOT
UP TO THE RIDGE LINE AND BLENDED IN WITH THE STARS
AND –>>YOU SAY YOU’VE NEVER SEEN THIS KIND OF THING. TOTALLY CLEAR A FEW
MINUTES AGO.>>NEVER SEEN THIS BEFORE. THAT’S THE THING ABOUT
WISEMANS VIEW. YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT TO EXPECT.>>THIS COULD BE THE BROWN
MOUNTAIN LIGHTS, THE LEGEND DOES NOT WANT TO BE TOLD.>>THAT’S IT, THAT’S IT.>>NOT TODAY.>>MAJORITY OF PEOPLE
DON’T SEE THE LIGHTS. BUT IF YOU EVER SEE THEM
ONE TIME, YOU’LL KNOW IT FROM THERE ON OUT.>>THE BROWN MOUNTAIN
LIGHTS CAN BE SEEN FROM THE BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY AT
MILE POST 310 AND 301, AND FROM THE BROWN MOUNTAIN
OVERLOOK ON NC HIGHWAY 181, BETWEEN MORGANTON AND
LINVILLE. THERE IS ALSO A BROWN
MOUNTAIN OVERLOOK ON NORTH CAROLINA HIGHWAY 181 THAT
WAS RECENTLY IMPROVED WITH HELP FROM THE CITY OF
MORGANTON FOR THE PURPOSE OF ATTRACTING THOSE WHO
VISIT THE AREA TO SEE THE LIGHTS. FOR EVEN MORE INFORMATION,
GO TO BROWNMOUNTAINLIGHTS.COM.


18 thoughts on “Brown Mountain Lights | NC Weekend | UNC-TV

  1. The video he captured is authentic. That's exactly what I saw while camping a few years ago. A bright light hovering above the mountain. We also saw lights that seemed to float below the mountains peak in the trees. I saw them from the top of upper falls looking down the falls over the valleys and on the mountain in the distance. Idk if it was brown mountain or not, but it looked exactly like what he filmed.

  2. (1) Either people ARE seeing something, or they ARE NOT.

    (2) If they ARE SEEN, the lights are something KNOWN to science, or something UNKNOWN to science.

  3. looked like those lanterns you light then let go so it can float off in sky also the lights sometimes in woods or just above weird

  4. Scientists claim it's just the combination of geodes in the rock formation in that particular area of the world that cant be discovered anywhere else on the planet. I'm not sure how crystalized rocks can create this experience, but I also dont buy this from scientists. However, if any of this was supernatural, I'm sure the govt would have this area closed off to the public so many miles out.

  5. Clearly aliens from the planet Xargon 17 (1-16 were not available for question at the time of this comment), no other explanation makes sense. Clearly.

  6. look up cave of the crescent Moon you'll find out what they are the lights that's coming out of the ground or probes sent to study the environment giant structure underground sending out probes puts out electromagnetic pulse every 2 seconds easy to locate

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