Strange columns of yellow light disrupted the peaceful night sky. Over the last week, hundreds of residents complained about the light’s appearance. For three nights, the illumination settled over Busan, South Korea. With over 3.6 million people, the second largest city in the country always has people staring at the sky. Video footage of the phenomenon has led to claims about UFOs, black holes, and squid.
Most of the internet’s interest in the occurrence relates to the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN). The organization operates the Large Hadron Collider. The collider is the largest and most powerful machine on the planet. Its purpose is to slam particles together, just below light speed, in order to learn more about physics. However, opponents claim that by conducting these experiments, CERN places everyone on Earth in jeopardy. The main fear is that the powerful magnets along the 16-mile long track could inadvertently create a black hole. That hole would quickly swallow the Earth. These same advocates who oppose CERN claim the lights above Busan result from the start of the world-ending black hole.
Alternatively, others believe that the lights are UFOs observing the tensions between North and South Korea. Some researchers believe the presence of aliens in the area indicates that Korea will be the site of the apocalypse. Additionally, a subset of this group believes the lights are actually god-like entities that travel through space without ships. Based on calls fielded by police in Busan, many adherents to the CERN and UFO theories live in the city.
However, there is a more pedestrian explanation for the lights that does not involve aliens or the end of the world. Rather, these backers claim that fishing boats are the reason for the moving lights in the sky. Busan is South Korea’s busiest port. This also happens to be one of the busiest squid fishing times of the year. According to a representative from the Busan Regional Weather Bureau, lights from the squid boats reflected off ice crystals in the air to form “light poles.” Additionally, he said such anomalies are common on the country’s eastern coast. Nevertheless, skepticism remains for many due to the synchronized movement of the lights. These movements do not match the movements of the fishing vessels.