Below is a video preview of National Geographic’s new program, PARANATURAL featuring the LEMUR team researching causes behind the mysterious Brown Mountain Lights:
Although I was skeptical about the nature of the phenomenon we videotaped during our visit (featured in this video segment), we proceeded after the taping with an extensive analysis. Although the cause remains unknown, we were able to determine two things that seemed to rule out operator error:
1) The light observed was not a reflection, since the cameras being used were fitted with night vision apparatus using tight Velcro straps that fit snugly over the body of the camera (mostly for stability; this also blocked any ambient external light sources completely).
2) You can, in fact, produce colors with the night vision goggles, if they are used in close enough proximity to a plasma discharge (i.e. a lightning bolt, or even “lightning globe” novelty lamps available at most variety stores). Below is a photo of such a device used in a dark closet, photographed through a pair of night vision goggles by LEMUR investigator and Gralien Report Correspondent Mobius: