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The Orb Phenomenon

A well reported phenomenon, but have we dismissed the potential for further investigation too soon?

Since the introduction of digital photography, strange orbs of light, usually invisible to the human eye, have appeared on photographs.

Orbs photographs have been found on the older 35mm photography – but were not as prevalent.

I guarantee that if you check through your digital photograph collection, you will find one, somewhere.

Studies have revealed that orbs can be accurately reproduced by introducing fine dust particles into the air – so that’s the answer then! – the digital camera flash magnifies and reflects the dust particle or water molecules in such a way that your photograph reveals an orb – but is that it? – Does that explain every unidentified image that our cameras pick up? – or is there still a phenomena that warrants further investigation?.

Having checked through my own photograph collection, I have enclosed a selection of orbs.

Orb 2 accurately mimics the type of orbs reproduced by dust particles.

Orbs 1 and 3 are more of a mystery!

I cannot support the popular claim that unusual orbs are manifestations of spirit – as there appears to be no evidence, other than personal interpretation and belief, to back up the theory.

Orbs have been photographed in reputedly haunted locations, but not exclusively. (In the case of the photographs submitted above, I have no reason to believe that my back garden is a haunted location).

The “paranormal” categorisation of orbs is interesting.

Paranormal studies are unfairly maligned and instantly dismissed by a large proportion of the population – probably due to an ever increasing unrealistic dramatisation of the subject on our TV screens, however, it has to be noted however, that despite all of mankind’s huge technological advances and scientific understanding – there are still huge gaps in knowledge in every field of science. We are still a long, long way from truly understanding the world in which we live.

“Paranormal” anomalies highlight new arenas for potential investigation which could result in a greater scientific understanding of our world.

As the technology behind digital photography advances, we could be faced with an increasing number of unexplained lights and shapes in our family albums.

The digital camera gives us an insight into an increased electromagnetic spectrum which cannot be detected by the human eye.

We have viewed our world and based our scientific theories upon perceptions which are limited by human anatomy.

We only hear sound ,or see light emitted from a small proportion of a spectrum range which is potentially infinite.

Think of someone furiously blowing a dog whistle from a nearby concealed location – all that you perceive is your dog barking and jumping and going mad – for no apparent reason.

As our technological hardware and software advances, we get a glimpse into areas beyond the limits of our human anatomy – any unexpected results have got to be worthy of further investigation.

Orbs / light anomalies – don’t dismiss them just yet!

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  1. Arie Uittenbogaard

    On June 19, 2008 at 11:46 am

    Which studies? Which universities? Your article is fascinating but not very conclusive. I’m looking forward to your next work.

  2. Migz

    On June 20, 2008 at 3:56 am

    Those “orbs” look an awful lot like reflected light thru a mirror or magnifying glass……like burning ants. Tsss tss zap

  3. jake

    On June 21, 2008 at 12:55 am

    Remeber, orbs aren’t ghosts,most of the time.They can be energy pockets.

  4. Vicky-E

    On June 26, 2008 at 9:08 am

    I really enjoyed your article. Thanks for sharing it with us. Vicky

  5. M J katz

    On November 24, 2008 at 10:46 am

    I liked this article very much.
    As for naming the studies, this is one field where if you are ‘Pro-Orbs(as being paranormal), you can locate dozens of studies upholding your views. The same goes for being ‘Anti-Orbs’(as being paranormal).
    The jury is still out on this one. But I have a feeling that at the sub-atomic level, orbs will boil down to being energy…just like WE are energy!
    Hence, our return to the subjects of reincarnation, life after death,etc, etc.

  6. Jan

    On December 9, 2008 at 11:39 am

    I am currently very intrigued by orbs since finding them in photos at my daughter’s wedding. I have a very clear humanoid face (looks like an alien to me) in one orb which I have sent to Klaus Heinneman author of the Orb Project and also to Kevin Smith radio host ( await further response from the former and Kevin Smith was amazed as all my associates are. I have since had numerous faces – many more human like, from my garden. The most impressive being of a child aged about 7 years. Same face different expression in two of them.

    I am currently considering starting a web site, but need the technical assistance as I am not that great in that department.

    There is obviously a lot more to life than we realise. I find it very interesting.

    Appreciate your article.


  7. CheyAnne

    On May 4, 2009 at 11:28 pm

    we believe in orbs and know that they are different lifeforms that we just don’t understand yet, as it is with most everything. we just THINK we do
    peace n abundance

  8. Bolandista

    On August 22, 2009 at 7:21 am

    My nephew found two orbs on a digital photo. One is the standard shape for an orb the other is not round but more like a flower. The top has opened and individual petal like structures can be seen arching out of the outer rim. The centre has structure almost like a sunflower centre but less organised. The orb itself is resting on grass. I have tried to upload the photos, two, because I copied them individually and enlarged them. I would like to try again, so if anyone can help I would be grateful. There is a lot detail to see in each enlargement.

    I have no idea what they are and refuse to speculate, either to dismiss them or to claim attributes for them on the fly, so to speak. They exist and need to be studied carefully before any workable theory as to their origin or make up can be promulgated.

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