Last Friday night I witnessed ‘something like a phenomenon’.
THE PHOTO IS NOT REAL. I felt compelled to try and define the experience (similar to Richard Dreyfus obsessive character Roy in the movie ‘Close Encounters of a 3rd Kind’.) My interpretation is still off the mark, as the light orb was not as bright, more opaque and translucent.
At approximately 8pm Friday 16/06/2017 driving south, about half way along the Broadwater – Evans Head Road passing through the Broadwater National Park NSW Australia:
Travelling at about 80 km/h I suddenly noticed out of nowhere in my rear view mirror that a car’s headlight was some 3 car spaces behind. My initial reflex response was “WOW, how fast is this car travelling to make such ground on me?”
This road is unlit and dark, reasonably straight, the terrain fairly flat, rather than dense and forested the vegetation is scrub and heath. Thus you can notice approaching vehicles from hundreds of meters.
I then thought the car must have problems with its headlights, as only one light was visible, and while quite present, it was not strong and seemed dim. The best I can describe is: I once owned a 1967 V.W. Beatle and the old 6 volt power source headlights in those older models were not very strong, both in low or high beam. The shape of the light was kind of similar as well (about 30 to 60 cm max. in diameter.)
I was also figuring maybe it was a motorbike as the light didn’t favour one side and was directly behind and centered. And if anything, a motorbike possibly could have the ability to sneak up so quickly and unsuspectingly.
I transitioned to about 60 km/h the light now came closer to following say 1 car space distance.
Within the increments of a few seconds I was looking at all the logical explanations, while at a deeper level I was yet to accept something illogical had occurred.
Under these circumstances, with a non-blinding headlight, there should be a possibility of making out some shape, volume or ‘presence’ of a vehicle. Perhaps even an engine or road sound, a glimpse of a red tail light.
But no, it just seemed to be that one single light.
However, within 10 seconds I was thinking what is going on here? This orb of light followed me for what was (I think) say a minute, maybe two.
But just like that, the light vanished. Gone.
This was no motor vehicle. It didn’t pull over or turn (there was nowhere possible for that). Nor if a vehicle did it show any sign of an accident, as I would have noticed any erratic movements of direction of the light itself. I was really having a battle in my mind with the logic.
Looking back in the mirror there was now nothing, no light, no shape, (no sound), no ‘presence’ of a vehicle car / bike or otherwise. !!!NOTHING!!!
The realist in me, now having run every general logical (motoring) scenario through my brain had to face a fact: what just happened was beyond normal.
This was extraordinary. This light had just appeared from nowhere (it didn’t ‘COME FROM’ anywhere) and it disappeared the same way (it ‘DIDN’T GO’ anywhere) … as suddenly it just instantly appeared, it had instantly vanished.
Reflex now took over and it was petal to the metal. I made my way into Evans Head continually questioning and repeating to myself, literally out aloud loud “W.T.F. was that!!!???!!!”
Around midnight I had to drive back over the same stretch of road. After a pretty nerve racking and uneventful return trip, I made it home safely. I then took to the driver’s seat of the Google search engine and burned the midnight oil into the early hours of Saturday morning looking for answers.
While not totally ruling anything out, I was not thinking U.F.O. as it seemed not at all mechanical, material or of any real solid matter. My encounter happened near an area of local Aboriginal significance, so this led me to research about what I had already heard about before in the Australian outback, and what Aboriginals call:
‘Min Min lights’;
A University of Queensland neuroscientist Professor Jack Pettigrew in his research of 2003 mentioned how “these mysterious lights seem to follow travelers for long distances. The Min Min light seems to have magical qualities, sometimes following observers, even as they speed away in vehicles, while at other times seeming to retreat shyly.”
His research explains “The Min Min light occurs when light, from a natural or man-made source, is refracted to an observer who is tens, or even hundreds, of kilometres away, by an inverted mirage, or Fata Morgana.
A cold, dense layer of air next to the ground (or sea, or sea ice) carries light far over the horizon to a distant observer without the usual dissipation and radiation, to produce a vivid mirage that baffles and enchants because of its unfamiliar optical properties.
Fata Morgana can be terrifying at night when a single light source gives no hint that it is actually part of a mirage emanating from a great distance. Even hardened Outback observers can break down (that includes me shitting myself) when they are unable to interpret the unusual optical properties of the light in terms of their own, very different, past experiences.”
Here is a link to Professor Jack Pettigrew’s very interesting scientific explanations
I later contacted the Professors for a discussion but he stood by that his research satisfactory explained my own encounter …But to some extent I am still not sure…
I do understand and accept that Professor Pettigrew’s research and scientific explanation, can and does happen in certain circumstances. However, it would be more feasible if the object was a static where the viewer was focused on one projection point. And in my case the orb was not far in the distance but only a few meters behind me. So unless it was a ‘Mitsubishi Mirage’… how can a mirage from hundreds of kilometers away follow the exact same path and movements of my car for over a minute?
I also accept there are other feasible scientific explanations which I also researched, such as trapped underground gases rising up to the surface as a bubble, spontaneously combusting and igniting for a period of time. Perhaps, even caught in my van’s slipstream and thus giving an impression of ‘following me’.
In fact I can buy both scientific explanations in certain given circumstances. But I still have my doubts about just those two explanations each being definitive. By there being two possible explanations, don’t they each cancel out the other as definitive? Don’t they both have to prove that there still can’t be any other possibilities???
As a final note: the Min Min lights in Australian Aboriginal people’s folklore are said to be the spirits of the ancestors. Just a bit of a coincidence I guess that should my dad still had been alive, the very date of my encounter occurred on what would have been my parents wedding anniversary… ??? hmmmmm…???