How to Distinguish the Real Thing from natural phenomenaMarilyn Timms
Not all "orbs" are caused by dust or water particles reflecting off the flash from digital cameras. In fact, people all round the world are capturing inexplicable "lights" in both the day time and at night which cannot be easily explained away by merely dust particles or water droplets.
Hello again, Brian and 5th World readers.
Thank you Brian for publishing my email on dust orbs, but I should have stated more clearly that not all "orbs" are caused by dust or water particles reflecting off the flash from digital cameras. In fact, people all round the world are capturing inexplicable "lights" in both the day time and at night which cannot be easily explained away by merely dust particles or water droplets.
Unfortunately, with digital cameras being so commonly used nowadays, the inexperienced tend to get very excited about what looks to them like "orbs" caught on their shots, but in reality there is a much simpler explanation. As usual too, the skeptics use these obvious "dust motes" to discredit the entire orb phenomena, and this is why we should be VERY careful and discerning about the claims we make regarding what we capture on our cameras. While it may be fun to think we have caught "unknown entities" in our cameras, let's not get carried away and give skeptics any more fuel to boost their present stance that ALL orbs can be just as easily explained away.
Of course they can't be, and I will include here a few photos of phenomena that many consider likely real "orbs" to give your readers a comparison between inexplicable orbs and those that are MOST likely dust motes or similar natural phenomena.
Below are two photos sandwiched together for comparison.
Top: A night shot taken in Belgium during the famous "UFO Flap" of 1990
Bottom: A day shot taken in North Queensland Australia earlier this year. These two photos show the obvious similarities of these "orbs" being filmed all round the world.
Famous "Phoenix Lights" (often referred to as "orbs"), Arizona US 1997
Not-so-famous "Ravenshoe Lights" (Day light....almost dusk)
North QLD Australia 2005
Daylight Phoenix "Orb" filmed 2004
Night orbs in North Queensland Australia, 2005
Now compare these anomalous and seemingly inexplicable orbs above, with the well understood and very explainable dust orbs in the photo below.
Since the advent of digital cameras, it seems almost everybody is photographing "orbs" (evidenced by the dozens of websites now featuring them) under the impression they are photographing something "paranormal." In most cases what people are photographing are normal phenomena.
To emphasis my point, see the photo (below) I took just 5 minutes ago in our TV viewing room.
To get this photo, all I did was open the door to the room, walk across the room and close the blinds. I then took the photo using the auto-flash feature. Thankfully you cannot see too many "orbs" in this shot because I recently vacuumed the carpet, but even so, I have managed to capture a photo that features at least a dozen or more "orbs" on demand.
Anyone can do this, and this site explains how and why this happens so frequently, and why so many people believe they are capturing the "real McCoy" when in actual fact they are not.
Crop Circle Orbs.
Many people have seen "orbs" and "plasma balls" near crop formations, and undoubtedly many of these sightings are genuine, unexplained phenomena. However, I must concur with crop circle expert Eltjo H. Haselhoff, author of The Deepening Complexity of Crop Circles, who says the vast majority of these orbs captured on film are easily explained as natural phenomena.
So I say, bring on the real orbs and enough of the dust motes!
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