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|Hoosier Paranormal Research recently released a
NetCast episode on orbs. Some discussion on research
conducted by the group Para.Science is quite fascinating. You
can read more on their research by clicking here.
This 1920's/1930's photograph
contains what some believe to be a true orb. What is
interesting is this was captured on film and it is uncommon to capture
orbs in film photography.
object like this, a delicately flowing piece of
dust over a staircase, can give a false positive.
This was taken with a digital camera.
False Positive Orbs
our opinion at Hoosier Paranormal Research that authentic orb activity
is a very rare occurrence. There are a few reasons why your pictures
will give you orbs.
- Moisture will be refractive in your
camera flash and give a false
positive of orbs. This can include dew not just
- Dust particles also can be
caught in the flash of a camera and give false positives.
- Reflections of an object
will also give false positives. If you have a picture with
multiple orbs and one
or two are really intense chances are that it is only a reflection of
some nearby object. Notice if the orb is the same
a nearby object, it's more than likely light reflecting off of that
(giving off its own light source and not reflected or
Once you have eliminated the above possibilities, it is time to take a
good, long, close look at the orb itself. What you are looking for in
"orb" activity is a solid object that emits its own light. It may show
up on film looking like someone just threw a lit light bulb across the
screen. If the orb has signs of movement, such as a blurred trail
behind it, you may have caught a real orb. But it must emit
own light source.
The other characteristic of orb activity that we consider is the
coloration of the orb. True orbs are colored in the "cool" end of the
spectrum, namely white, blue, or green. Any orb activity that shows up
as red, orange, or yellow, it typical of dust or light refraction.
Hoosier Paranormal believes orbs are not manifestations of ghost or
spirits but rather sources of energy. While orbs are usually present
during paranormal activity, you can have orbs show up without
paranormal activity. It is for this reason we will very rarely use
pictures of orbs to authenticate paranormal evidence of an
HPR feels this is a true orb.
does have a sharp pinpoint appearance, it seems to be producing it's
own light and was seen with the naked eye before this photograph was