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Stephen Wagner

Reader Report: Ball Lightning or Cat's Spirit?

By December 3, 2012

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"In November, 2012 in Gosford, New South Wales, Australia,  I saw the most amazing thing the other night when I was out in my backyard," reports Jason. "I saw a bright white, perfect ball of light, and it moved in a perfectly straight line across the yard. It was about the size of a coconut and seemed to have mass to it because I couldn't see through it at all. It was just a few metres away and my son also saw it, too. It appeared three times in total.

"I don't know what to think or what it was, but the strange thing is I had to have our beloved Ash (cat) put down a few days before. She was a big member of the family and she loved us very much, always wanting to be held and cuddled. She died in my arms. I felt her take her last breath of air and her heart beat for the last time. I'm not saying it was her, but it makes you think."

Thank you for that very interesting report, Jason. My guess is that what you saw was ball lightning, although I think it is rare that would appear three times in the same vicinity in such a short space of time. You didn't mention any weather conditions, but ball lighting appears very often during stormy conditions, when normal lighting would occur. It has also been known to materialize around high power lines.

As for the connection to your recently deceased cat, there are many who believe that such orbs of light are spirits, but they are rarely described as being as large as a coconut. But who knows? Since it has already appeared three times, there's a chance it could appear again. Please try to get a picture of it -- better yet, video. It would be amazing to be able to share that!


December 4, 2012 at 1:11 pm
(1) Scott says:

I agree with Stephen, these lights could be ball lightning or earth lights (an example being the Marfa lights). Apparently there are some differences between the two. I’ve even heard of examples of light balls in fine weather in areas where there usually isn’t earth lights, so there maybe even more sources of luminous light balls than we now realize.


December 6, 2012 at 10:01 am
(2) Cherie L. says:

What an interesting research paper, Scott. Thanks for sharing! :)

December 7, 2012 at 7:23 pm
(3) Scott says:

Thanks for the note Cherie. The guy who wrote the article studies the phenomena and has a website on the Marfa lights (earth lights)


He also put a book out called Hunting Marfa lights which talks abot these lights and some other wierd natural phenomena out in western Texas. It’s a scienced based book so at times hard to understand but there’s even more than earth lights going on in western Texas (and I’m sure elsewhere)


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