Sunday, July 25, 2004


A Western Australian woman says she is confident that she has taken one of the first photographs of a Min Min light in outback Queensland. The small, bright, dancing light is one of Australia's oldest natural mysteries.

Janet Burgin took the photo when she was in Boulia last year and has since had it tested. She says experts are baffled and she thinks it is a Min Min light.

"There has to be some truth in it," she said.

"There's too many unexplained sightings by too many people for there not to be something in it. It's a phenomena that no-one can explain."

Meanwhile, Professor Jack Pettigrew, of the University of Queensland in Brisbane claims the lights are actually an inverted mirage of light sources which are, in some cases, hundreds of kilometres away over the horizon. His work was published last year in the current issue of Clinical and Experimental Optometry. Professor Pettigrew studied the phenomenon in western Queensland where he said it has been disturbing the locals for many years.

Woman hopes photo sheds light on outback mystery
ABC - Thursday, July 22, 2004. 8:32am (AEST)