Red Lights in Pacific Ocean Spotted by Pilot

Red Lights in Pacific Ocean Spotted by Pilot

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A few days ago, pilot Dustin Maggard spotted unusual red lights in the Pacific Ocean while on a flight. The glow was strong enough to pierce through the clouds 31,000 feet above the water. A picture of the lights went viral online, and people came up with a variety of crazy theories to explain the lights. 

A Military Experiment

The first theory of the red lights that comes to mind might be a military experiment. Military experiments are usually secret, so there’s already an air of mystery surrounding them. These experiments have been explanations for mysterious events in the past, so people thought the military could also be responsible for the red lights in the Pacific. In late June 2022, people saw mysterious orange lights in the sky over San Diego, California. These lights were actually military flares. In 2019, large formations of lights in the sky over the United States were actually just military airlifts

An Alien Invasion or UFO

One of the other most popular explanations for the strange red lights in the Pacific Ocean was an alien invasion or UFO. Anytime people see strange lights in the sky or the ocean, they think it’s aliens. In fact, anytime people see or hear about something strange or unearthly, they think it’s aliens. Some people think that the interstellar object ‘Oumuamua is an alien spaceship. People have also mistaken flying saucer-shaped clouds called lenticular clouds for UFOs. However, scientists have never proven that aliens ever visited or invaded Earth, and most of the strange phenomena that people see have natural or technological explanations.  

An Underwater Volcano Eruption

Due to the red glow, some people thought the lights were due to magma rising to the surface of the ocean from an underwater volcano. There is a great abundance of volcanoes around the rim of the Pacific, in a region called the Ring of Fire. Although there are probably over 1,000,000 submarine volcanoes in the world, only 119 of them have erupted in the last 11,700 years. It’s unlikely that the red glow in the Pacific was the result of an underwater volcano eruption.  

A Portal to Another Dimension

Perhaps peoples’ favorite theory about the red lights is that they are a portal to another dimension, like the Upside Down in the Stranger Things franchise. This is probably the most outlandish and least likely explanation for the lights. Along with aliens, people tend to use parallel universes and other dimensions to explain abnormal phenomena. For example, some people think the Bermuda Triangle and Stonehenge are portals to other universes or dimensions. While it’s very likely that aliens exist, it’s much harder to prove that other universes and dimensions exist. So no, the red lights are probably not Stranger Things in real life.

The Real Explanation of the Red Lights

These red lights have a real explanation, and of course, it’s less exciting than all of the other theories that people have come up with. The lights were probably coming from commercial fishing boats. The boats were probably trying to attract fish called Pacific sauries by lighting up the water with red LED lights. Pacific sauries are attracted to these lights. There’s a video on globalfishingwatch.org that shows one of these boats turning its lights on. The glow of the boats is so bright that you can see it from outer space. 

Although the real explanation of the red lights may be less exciting than the more outlandish theories, this doesn’t mean that mysterious things like aliens, parallel universes, and other dimensions don’t exist. They are scientifically feasible, and the science behind them is far more complicated than what science fiction media portrays. We just haven’t found any of these mysterious things yet. But one day, we might, and then, these things will no longer be just theories.

Credits : Sky News Australia

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My name is Kayleigh Cecil and I am a recent graduate of Stevenson University. I majored in Medical Laboratory Science but would like to move into the science writing industry. I have always had a passion for science and would like to share my knowledge with others online. My main interests are biology, astronomy, and physics.