Sne-While the events seen in the sky at Fatima were clearly miraculous, since a miracle had been foretold for that day and hour, and also because there was such a stupendous effect upon the observers, there are explanations other than the psychological one. First of all, it is only an assumption that it was the sun that "danced." Light in the sky is usually the sun, so people concluded that this was, too. But the atmosphere itself is capable, under certain conditions, of producing extraordinary light-phenomena that have nothing whatever to do with the sun.
Anyone who has carefully studied
the eye-witness descriptions of what the eye-witness descriptions of what
was seen at Fatima (and for many miles round), and who then reads the scientific descriptions of Aurora Borealis, cannot but be struck by the closesimilarity-even to the "dancing" effect, and including all the same colours. Even the great red mass, like "the sun falling" is the same. People at Fatima cringed and cried out; observers in Scotland of Aurora put up their hands to ward off the seemingly falling mass. The same sort of sounds were also heard -"like a wasps' nest disturbed by a stick," was how a Fatima observer described it. sent the Fatima accounts to an expert in meteorology and atmospheric optical phenomena. He said (as was, Of course, obvious) that it could not actually have been Aurora; hut the scientific explanation he gave of what. seeing the weather conditions, could have happened, is extremely interesting. He asked me not to mention his name, as it would bring him too many enquiries. And his letter is too Icing to reproduce here. But it, and the descriptions he has published of Aurora, would be of great value to anyone interested in the question of the material objectiveness of miracles of this sort. Why should not God have used oxygen, hydrogen, nitrogen and helium at Fatima, rather than people's minds? Sir Ambrose Fleming, F.R.S.. the great expert on electricity. once published his opinion that miraculous light was