The Marfa Lights—or Marfa Mystery Lights, as some call them—are a top reason to visit Marfa, Texas. The Lights draw visitors from around the globe for a chance to see these unexplained phenomena. Accounts of the strange spectacle just east of Marfa began during the 19th century and continue to this day. Many have reported seeing seemingly sourceless lights dance on the horizon southeast of town, an area that is nearly uninhabited and extremely difficult to traverse. The mystery lights are sometimes red, sometimes blue, sometimes white, and usually appear randomly throughout the night, no matter the season or the weather. The official Marfa Lights Viewing Area is located 9 miles east of town on U.S. 90, towards Alpine. “The platform built for viewing the mysterious Marfa lights provides parking, shelter, bathrooms and a safe, easy-to-find location for viewing and photographing the dark West Texas skies. Best to time visit is when there is a new moon, so sky is darkest. Milky Way viewing can be magnificent. Not far from McDonald Observatory too.” Bring an open mind and enjoy the great view!
Chelynne Campion is a Production/ Sales Assistant for EarthSky. Her family just purchased a telescope, and she's now learning to be a stargazer!