Mystery pink glow above town like ‘something from Stranger Things’ baffles residents – but there’s a simple explanation

A MYSTERIOUS pink glow lighting up the sky above a rural town in Australia has baffled residents – but there is a simple explanation.

Locals in Mildura, Victoria, were mystified by the illumination Down Under that resembled “something out of Stranger Things” on Tuesday night.


The incredible pink glow baffled locals in Mildura, VictoriaCredit: SWNS
Residents suggested it resembled the terrifying upside-down world in the hit Netflix show Stranger Things


Residents suggested it resembled the terrifying upside-down world in the hit Netflix show Stranger ThingsCredit: SWNS

Mum Tammy Szumowski told how she was so intrigued by the rosy haze, she quickly hopped in her car to find the source of it.

She was alerted to the fluorescent display when her mother called her to ask if she’d seen “this weird pink light in the sky”.

Incredible images of the glow show the night sky shining pink, in what appears to be in a circular formation.

Tammy shared the extraordinary snaps to Facebook in a bid to find out what was causing the stunning spectacle.

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The post read: “‘Just took these photos at Merbein south! Any ideas what it is people? Aliens? Stranger Things?”

But her amateur sleuthing proved futile, as her friends were left stumped – and scared – of the blushed sky.

The mum told Daily Mail Australia: “We had that many comments, saying is it an asteroid or a comet, is it the upside-down world from Stranger Things the TV show, is it aliens?”

The hit Netflix show features an alternate dimension – which envelopes the sky in a red hue – that mirrors a hellish version of the world.

Tammy continued: “My husband, kids and I jumped in the car and drove out to my uncles who lives at Merbein South, where the light was strong.

“It was very bizarre looking and we had no idea what it was.

“I called my mum back when we stopped the car at my uncle’s and got out to take photos, and my dad was saying he better hurry up and finish his dinner as the world is ending.”

One pal commented on Tammy’s social media post: “It’s so bizzare to see! I was like ahhhh should be put our tin foil hats on?”

Another joked: “Maybe the aliens are already here?”

And a third terrified user chimed in: “‘WTF is that!”


But much to the dismay of UFO-lovers, the explanation was slightly anti-climatic.

The mesmerising glow was actually coming from a nearby medicinal cannabis farm.

The blinds in one of the growing sheds at the Cann Pharmaceutical company had been left open while the powerful LED lights were glaring.

The pink lights in the commercial harvesting shed burst through the gaps to create a sensational display in the sky.

The firm produced its first crop in June before bagging a new licence to produce Satipharm capsules with medicinal cannabis. 

LED lighting, used to provide the plants with artificial light to stimulate growth, is often purple or pink.

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Commercial cannabis growing lights are measured in photosynthetic photon flux density (PPFD) and in some cases reach 2000 PPFD.

According to one light manufacturer, 2000 PPFD “is about the PPFD of the sun on a cloudless day”. 

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