Ghost Fireballs!

The Naga Fireballs (Thai: บั้งไฟพญานาค, bangfai payanak) are a mysterious phenomenon seen in the Mekong river - in Thailand (Nong Khai province and Isan) and in Laos - in which glowing balls rise from depths. The balls are reddish in colour and about the size of an egg; they rise a couple of hundred metres before disappearing. The number of fireballs is variable, being reported at between tens and thousands per night.

The fireballs are most often reported around the night of Wan Awk Pansa in October, although displays have also been reported in March, April, May, June and September.

Local tradition states that the fireballs are from the Naga or Phaya Naga, a mythical serpent from Buddhist legend who lives in the river. Modern science disagrees, of course. The official scientific line, corroborated by a statement from Thailand's Ministry of Science and Technology, is that the fireballs are nothing but natural phosphene and methane gas being released from the river. This is the same mechanism as is commonly proposed to be behind the Will-o'-the-wisp. Their investigations continue, and though many people have accepted this explanation there are still disagreements. Professor Montri Boonsaneur, for example, is quoted in Time magazine as saying that bubbles of methane could not be propagated by the turbulent river.

Previously known as the ghost fireballs, the event has now had its name changed and is promoted as a festival to attract tourists.
[From WIKIPEDIA & INAMIDST]

27 Comments:

  1. Lemon Juix said...
    But is it really natural or men made?
    The Pink Panther said...
    100% natural baby! It's been around for years. Obviously it's been claimed to be supernatural, but it's most likely just one of those amazing things Mother Nature surprises us with.
    Squeez it said...
    For me it seems like a fairy tale. Which book did you took that from? Have to see it first than, if I am too drunk, probably I can believe.
    the Pink Panther said...
    Ball lightning, Will-o'-the-wisp, and fairy lights all receive a similar reaction from people. I guess you just have to go there and see it! :-)
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