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Marfa Lights Viewing Center, Marfa

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  • We went to Marfa specifically to see the lights and they sure enough showed up. Not the terrific light show that so many see, but the blips of lights appeared for us. It was cold and after an hour, we...  more »
  • Having grown up in Texas, I've always heard about the Marfa lights, but had never gone out. Since we were staying right up the road in Alpine, we took the opportunity to go and look. What a surprise t...  more »
  • Hung Ming Lantern also called the Sky Lamp, commonly known as the Wish Lamp, also known as the Sky Lamp. is an ancient Chinese handicraft, in ancient times to do military use. Modern people put lantern more as a blessing. Men and women have written the wish of blessing, symbolizing the success of harvest, happiness every year. Generally in the Lantern Festival, mid-Autumn Festival and other major festivals cast. According to legend, the Five Dynasties (A.D. 907~960), there is a woman called Xin Seven Niang, with her husband in Fujian war, she had used bamboo tie, paste on paper, into a large lamp, the chassis on the burning of turpentine, lamp on the hot air to fly up the sky, used as a military contact signal. This kind of turpentine lamp, in Sichuan called the Hung Ming Lantern. The shape of the lantern is like the hat Zhuge Liang wears, hence the name. Gooyk. com
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  • Nice elevated viewing area for hopefully seeing the Marfa lights. You can still sit out on the ground near the fence if you prefer. Parking lot can be busy during prime viewing times with cars pulling in and out. Restrooms are decent but no running water. Overall , very much improved compared to back in the day when this was just a parking lot on the side of the highway.
  • Great place to view the lights. Complete with clean restrooms and telescopes that are adequate for this viewing. Good parking. Well lit with shielded lights. No need to rush. From an hour after sunset there are many lights to see on a clear night. The flashing red one is a Marker light on a microwave tower. All the other lights are .......?
  • This was a fun date night: we brought camp chairs, our favorite podcast episodes, and a couple beverages to watch unexplained science in action. There's also a nice picnic area, and pit toilets. It needs to be a dark and clear night for the lights to show up, they look like a bunch of erratic headlights out by the stationary red beacon light. We sat there staring straight at them for an hour or so before a local informed us that they were the lights. Pretty awesome.
  • The lights weren't present and at best are very rare to appear, but the view doesn't disappoint especially for stargazing on a new moon night when its completely dark.
  • Really unique! I saw lights fall from the sky. I saw lights that were in the mountains. They would come and go. Some would just pop up and disappear super fast. If you have no idea what marfa lights are, there are signs for you to read and are informative.

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