Is it an Orb or a Ghost?

November 15, 2008 on 4:04 pm | In Article | 6 Comments

I was lucky enough to be included in the “Ghost Hunt” which took place on October 25th, here at the Sweetwater County Library. AAPI and SPIS, both paranormal investigators, combined forces and investigated the reportedly “haunted library”.

During the investigation, many members took pictures through out the library. We are all in the process of reviewing the findings. Although this is a lengthy process, I wanted to at least share a little with you. Here you will see the best of my personal pictures. You will notice a bright “orb” in the upper right side of the frame. Notice that it is bright, but not exactly round. There seems to be something to it, like there is substance there. I found this orb very interesting.

Orb at the back of the library stacks

Orb at the back of the library stacks

**Notice: All rights are reserved on this photo. No one may use this photo in any way without written permission from Micki Gilmore or the Sweetwater County Library.

According to the report submitted to the SWCL in 2006 from AAPI, orbs can be many things.

A natural Orb is not transparent and has a thick ring around it.

An Ectoplasm Orb can be seen through and shows reflection.


If you click on the picture, you can see a larger version of it.

I would very much like to hear from others. Have you ever caught orbs in your pictures?

What do you think of this?


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  1. I believe in ghosts, but I don’t believe in photo orbs. Digital cameras are notorious for producing orbs. This looks more like a very bright photo orb and less like a ghost. Don’t get me wrong, I certainly believe the library is haunted, even cursed perhaps for disturbing the remains of the dead. I just don’t think you are going to catch a picture of a ghost.

    Comment by Crystal — November 17, 2008 #

  2. There are many takes on orbs. I am not sure what I think either. On AAPI’s site they talk a bit about the different types. I do find them interesting and I think they deserve more research.

    Comment by mgilmore — November 18, 2008 #

  3. I was intrigued by “orbs” but I was also determined to get to the bottom of what they were. So I did a series of controlled experiments night after night in a vacant warehouse using a digital camera and a flash in complete darkness. I banged pillows together, shook out rugs, sprayed droplets from a water bottle, and also took pictures outdoors at night of campfire smoke, pine pollen, fog, rain, road dust, cigarette smoke, etc. I was trying to tell the difference between a flash bouncing off matter in the air and an “orb”. What I found is that absolutely EVERYTHING looked exactly like an “orb”. I was unable to point to any picture out of hundreds I took and say, “That is certainly NOT a speck floating in the air close to the camera. That has GOT to be something supernatural.” 100% of my photos looked exactly like the picture above. I advise you to try what I tried.

    Comment by Jan — December 19, 2008 #

  4. The best “real orb” that I have heard of is on the AAPI website They have posted a clear orb that is very different. When AAPI came to the library for a Halloween program, they showed this picture. It was very impressive. I agree that most orbs are just dust or a bug. I think we often want to see something and get drawn in on the idea.

    Comment by mgilmore — January 10, 2009 #

  5. Ghost orb? Looks like dust on the lens, to me.

    Comment by debunker — February 18, 2009 #

  6. It very well could be. I sent it in to AAPI (Ghost Hunting Team) and I have not heard back.

    Comment by mgilmore — February 18, 2009 #

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