National Paranormal Society NPS FOCUS June 2016 - Page 64


The Orb Zone

We have seen a lot of talk and sharing of pictures lately on the NPS Facebook page as well as in the paranormal community in general regarding orbs so the NPS Photography Team decided we would provide some educational information on them.

The term ‘orb’ is defined by Merriam-Webster simply as “something (such as a planet, the sun, or the moon) that is shaped like a ball.” It is further defined as “any of the concentric spheres in old astronomy surrounding the earth and carrying the celestial bodies in their revolutions; something circular; a spherical body; eye; a sphere surmounted by a cross symbolizing kingly power and justice.” In the paranormal community, however, the term ‘orb’ refers to a spirit energy taking the form of a glowing ball that moves freely about on its own and may or may not have contrails. It is important to note that a true spirit orb has yet to be captured on film or video and to date has only been seen by some with the naked eye.

causing objects in that depth of field to become prominent in a photo – mainly when the flash was used.

It wasn’t until 1980 that orbs began to take off as being tied to the paranormal when Richard Rickard and Richard Kelly wrote a book called Photographs of the Unknown and included photographs of alleged orbs claiming they were “natural” and “unusual.” Then similar types of photographs began surfacing from haunted places and it began gaining attention - making the term orb popular among the paranormal community. Many television shows would use photographs taken in alleged haunted

The definition and term ‘orb’ came out in the 15th century but the term ‘orb’ as it relates to still photos did not come about until the late 1990s. This was when digital photography came into play and folks began tying orbs to paranormal activities. However, orbs weren’t identified in photographs until the early 20th century. During that time folks weren’t as concerned with orbs because they rarely appeared in photographs and hadn’t yet been tied to paranormal activities. Early digital cameras had smaller sensor chips that than of the 35mm film cameras which increased the depth of field causing objects in that depth of field

The Orb Zone