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The Mystery of Orbs
By Glenn Kreisberg

Recently, my attention has been drawn to the ongoing work of Welsh researcher Paul C. Muir. For the past several years, Muir has been conducting photographic and video surveys of sacred sites throughout Wales and Great Britain. The goal: to record unseen energy phenomenon occurring at the sites, which consist mainly of stone circles, standing stones, dolmans, chambers and the like. Muir spent hundreds of hours recording images at different sites, sometimes taking hundreds of images in a single night. His work opens the door to many new questions in a field where there are already far more questions than answers. However, his objective and scientific approach and the techniques he used in capturing the images go along way towards proving what the images are not. Using multiple cameras and recording simultaneously from different angles and under different conditions, Muir's work has shown that many of the common explanations must now be dismissed.

Multi-orb image

Orb "moving" past standing stone at Rollright, England

Many who have seen such pictures, which have been captured both day and night by film and digital technology, believe they show light reflecting off unseen dust or moisture particles suspended in our atmosphere. Another common explanation is dust or water on the camera lens when the photo was taken. By using a standardized approach, triangulating the photographic subjects with two cameras and photographing in many different documented conditions, Muir has shown that the same orb images appear in both set of camera photos and under many varying conditions, making the "dirty lens" and "particle reflection" theories all but impossible as the cause of the orbs that appear in his images.

So, if they are not optical illusions what exactly are they? Some have speculated they are "spirit energy" or the energy signatures of ghosts. Still others report the orbs as "life energy" or the energy put off by living organisms, plant or animal; some energy signature every living thing gives off. Perhaps they're a conduit or a means by which energy is transferred. A research project in Florida studying orbs believes they're atmospheric plasma energy and refers to them as Unified Field Plasmoids (UFP's) described as a phenomenon related to ball lightning.

Muir's research assigns an electrical charge to the orbs and this attribute has been confirmed by the research team in Florida which has measured and recorded the energy using handheld electromagnetic field detectors. Many of the orb photos have been taken at sites were strong electromagnetic anomalies have been detected previously using similar equipment. The question is: are the orbs attracted to the strong electromagnetic fields associated with many ancient sacred sites or are the orbs themselves responsible for the measurable EM fields that exist at a site. And, is this clear evidence of a connection between the appearance of orbs and the existence of an electromagnetic field at the sites where they appear? More research is needed to arrive at a clear understanding of this aspect of the phenomenon.

Muir believes the phenomenon has been recorded for many centuries and cites a sixteenth century German woodcut showing unusual orb-like "objects" in the sky over Nuremburg. He also believes "orbs" appear in many images seen in prehistoric rock art and cites and correlates examples of this as well.

16th century woodcut from Germany

1500 B.C./Bonze age in Scandinavia

Through his research, Muir had also developed a standardized photographic guide to capturing these orbs on digital cameras and believes anyone who looks can find these orb images in photos they've taken.

I tested this and began looking for orbs in digital images my wife and I had taken recently with our digital cameras. And, sure enough, there they were. Not in every image, but in some there were "orbs" we had missed or simply dismissed when we first looked at the images.

Orb appearing in image taken by my wife Stephanie this winter in Woodstock, NY

Also, as I am a member or NEARA (New England Antiquities Research Association), I asked some NEARA members to look through past photos taken of "ancient" stone structure in the northeast U.S. to see if any unusual "orb" images were captured. I was quite surprised by the images I received in response.

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