Many people claim orbs, glowing spheres – like the example in the photo above, or mists are ghostly manifestations. In most cases, investigators can debunk them.
There are few cases where investigators could prove a legitimate manifestation. For example, Bachelor’s Grove Cemetery is notorious for its blue and red light orbs. Zak Bagans, from the tv series, Ghost Adventures, captured the light phenomena on video.
In most cases, the orbs are nothing more than dust, moisture or bugs. You should regularly clean your lenses during a hunt and avoid flash photography. I have also seen IR cameras amplify the glowing effect of dust particles and bugs in the camera range. I’m not saying all orbs can be debunked: I’m saying it’s very rare for an orb to be a legitimate ghostly manifestation.
Mists are a bit trickier to explain. Most mist manifestations are not visible during the investigation: You see them while analyzing evidence. Use your common sense when reviewing the data.
Here are some tips:
If there’s a lot moisture in the area, like fog or a drizzle, then that’s the likely cause.
If it’s cold, it could be your breath or someone else’s.
If someone’s smoking, then that’s probably the cause.
If it’s night and you use ambient light settings for nighttime pictures, then it’s likely the ‘smudge’ effect that can happen.
For all other results, you may have something. Again, make sure you note the environmental factors while you hunt. You may have a natural cause, not a supernatural cause, on your hands.
Jacob Rice began investigating and writing about monsters in 2007. He has published 3 books on ghost hunting, ghost stories and paranormal protection. His podcast, Ghostly Activities, dives into these topics even more. You can also watch his ghost hunts on the Ghostly Activities YouTube channel. He lives in Olympia, Washington.