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What Do Ghosts Actually Look Like?

I grew up watching Casper the Friendly Ghost and he was pretty adorable. But do ghosts really look like they are wearing white sheets? No, they don’t. I can’t even imagine where that idea came from but there’s probably some lore on that and I will leave that to someone else to look up.

If you can see a ghost at all, which is very difficult with our corporeal eyes, they actually come in all kinds of shapes and sizes.

Here is a list of what you might see with your physical eyes:

The Mist Sometimes a deceased person or a non-corporeal being will appear as a white mist. If you see a white mist roaming around your house or on old battlegrounds, that’s probably a ghost. First you need to rule out fog, smoke, and other corporeal clues of course. The mist is usually somewhat large, about half the size of a person, but really it can come in any shape or size. The mist is usually on the move too, not just bobbling in your hallway. Most people are shocked when they see mists, but they don’t cause much fear. Follow the mist and see where it goes.

The Shimmer Another way you might see something non-corporeal is as a shimmer in the air. It will look like there is an invisible energy shimmering in mid-air. It’s like a distortion of what you’re normally seeing. So unlike a mist, it has no color. But it’s about the same size. It will look like a portal is opening up in your bedroom. If you can keep your eye on the shimmer, it too will likely move around.

Energy The dearly departed may also appear as energy. Often people see a green swatch of energy moving through the room at fairly high speed. It’s not just going to sit there and bobble while you hurry to get your camera working. It’s going to zip around the room, possibly zooming in multiple directions like a firefly trying to get out of a jar.

An Apparition Sometimes you may see a full body or partial body apparition. This is very rare, but there are definitely sightings. When a non-corporeal being goes to the trouble of appearing as human, they usually have an important message to share or they might even be a bit stuck on the earth plane, trying to maintain their corporeal identity. If you can speak to them you may be able to help them cross over or get over a traumatic event. If you continue to see it, call in a professional medium who can communicate for you.

The Orb A lot of people see orbs now, either on photos or with their eyeballs. Most orbs are just dust reflecting off the lens of your camera, so don’t get too excited. You can even catch flying orbs with your camera too (also just dust, bugs or reflections). But upon occasion, a ghost will appear as an orb of light or a ball of energy. If it hovers in the air and you can see if for a long time, it’s probably a ghost or spirit. If it moves purposefully around a room, it’s probably a ghost as well.

A Dark Shadow A lot of people report seeing shadow people, or dark fleeting shadows moving in their peripheral vision. Sometimes your peripheral vision plays some nasty tricks on you so not every shadow you see is a dark figure of doom. Sometimes it’s just your eyes or mind playing tricks on you. However, it is also true that some beings, usually lower vibrational entities, will appear to you as dark shadows. If you see one in your periphery take that with a grain of salt. But if you can see it standing there while you’re looking straight at it and it doesn’t move or flinch, you’ve got yourself a bona fide dark shadowy entity on your hands. Don’t try to engage with one of these. Get some light on it and it will likely dispel. Not every entity is worth chatting with.

Not all ghosts are visible on our plane. Sometimes there is a spirit present that you can’t see or hear. When I do mediumship readings , where I am attempting to reach a deceased loved one on the other side, I will usually see them in my mind’s eye.

They show up looking the way they looked while they were alive so that I can accurately describe them to my client. But they are just energy and don’t really look that way any longer.

One time I was reading for a gal and she wanted me to contact her deceased husband. When I called out to him I saw his entire body but I could not see his face or head. It just wasn’t there. I waited for it to coalesce but it never did. I finally just told my client, “I see him, but he has no head.” She said, “That’s probably because he was decapitated in a car accident.” Oh. Yeah that’s probably why. I didn’t realize it at the time that he was showing up the way she would know it was him.

Sometimes I don’t see a spirit but can hear them. And sometimes I just feel their presence physically, or they make my body feel what they felt when they died which is not the most comfortable sensation I can tell you!

You can also see ghosts in your dreams. A lot of deceased loved ones will show up in your dreams because it’s the one place you can probably see or hear them. So look for communication to show up there as well.

A spirit who can physically manifest itself in a way that we can see it with our physical eyes, is doing an extraordinary job. Those are the spirits who are usually coming with an important message or who have some unfinished business, and they usually desire communication. If you see one repeatedly, try talking to it. If it is something negative or scary, get a paranormal investigation team in there to help you remove it or ask a medium to come by and see if they can cross it over.

If you see a ghost in a white sheet, it’s probably Halloween. Or Casper.

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Are ghosts real? What to know about hauntings and paranormal activity

Have you ever felt an unseen presence? Caught something – or someone – moving out of the corner of your eye? Walked into a cold draft in a warm room ?

If you've ever experienced something you just can't explain, something that can only be described as supernatural , you aren't alone.

Nearly two-thirds of Americans say they've experienced a paranormal encounter of some kind, according to a 2022 YouGov poll. That includes things like hearing unexplained voices, seeing objects inexplicably move on their own, as well as other events that defy all logic.

And one in five people polled claimed to have seen a spirit or a ghost .

While hauntings and visits from the great beyond make for scary horror movies and ghost stories , the question "Are ghosts real?" is one people of almost every culture have been pondering for thousands of years, if not since the very beginning of time.

To help answer it, TODAY reached out to a trio of experts including a medium, a psychic and a professor specializing in parapsychology, to share their thoughts on the spirit world , ghosts, apparitions and whether or not they really exist.

And, if you're experiencing a haunting or hosting an unwanted visitor, they've got some advice that just might help.

Here's what you need to know.

So: What are ghosts?

For many people, the word “ghost” conjures up one of two images: A menacing apparition that terrorizes unsuspecting homeowners, or a cute trick-or-treater covered in a white bed sheet.

Pop-culture perceptions aside, the Merriam-Webster dictionary defines a ghost as a “disembodied soul,” or the soul of someone who’s died that either lives in the spirit world or, somehow, still exists in ours.

Sherrie Dillard , medium and author of the book “I’m Still With You,” says it's important to distinguish between ghosts and the spirits of loved ones who have passed on. Because according to Dillard, they aren't the same thing.

When loved ones die, she says they leave the earth and pass into a "higher loving existence," whether it be heaven, "the light" or any other concept of the afterlife.

Similar to ghosts, Dillard says that we may occasionally feel the presence of those loved ones after they are gone, whether it be in dreams, paranormal activity or other encounter. And in those instances, she says we typically have feelings of warmth, recognition or love.

“It doesn’t emotionally incite,” she tells TODAY.com. “For most people, we don’t get scared or fearful. Most of the time people will recognize, ‘Oh, I feel like my grandmother was here, or my mother or father, or just have that feeling.’”

Ghosts, however, are a different story. Dillard says we rarely, if ever, know who they are. “Usually, it strikes us as a different energy. It strikes us as something we’re not familiar with,” she explains.

If not acquaintances or loved ones, then...who are they?

“Most commonly, ghosts are human beings, people who pass over and, for various reasons, resist going into that higher level of love and resolution," says Dillard. She explains that one of the reasons a ghost might stick around instead of moving on to “the other side” is trauma.

“They may have been in a sudden accident, or some trauma unexpectedly, and they don’t realize that they are actually passed over,” she says. “I know that sounds strange, but it’s true.”

Confused or “lost,” the ghost lingers. “What they do is they try clinging to any kind of energy source; they’ll cling to a house or the people in the house.”

Ghosts can also be attached to other physical objects, she says, including antiques or anything with a “strong emotional energy.”

Psychic and medium Chip Coffey has appeared on more than 130 paranormal TV shows, including “Kindred Spirits.” And much like Dillard, he considers ghosts to be deceased people whose souls haven’t properly transitioned.

“They’re kind of stuck in the middle someplace. They’ve remained on the third-dimension plane and, for whatever reason, they may have, they haven’t completed their transition into Spirit,” he tells TODAY.com.

What does science say about ghosts?

Christine Simmonds-Moore, Ph.D., is a professor of psychology at the University of West Georgia who specializes in parapsychological research.

According to Simmonds-Moore, ghosts are found in every single culture and have been recorded throughout history.

“Ghosts come from experience,” she tells TODAY.com. “So, human beings have had experiences with spirits — and we can be neutral on whether some of those are genuine spirits, or whether they are explained more normally. But irrespective of that, people have had experiences because it’s a big part of being human.”

Whether those experiences are related to more earthly things like a near-death experience, loss of a loved one, or occur in an altered state such as a dream, deep relaxation or are chemically induced, in trying to understand them, they can change our perception or beliefs.

From there, those beliefs can lead to other experiences, including seeing ghosts. Bottom line? If you think there are ghosts, then you’re more inclined to think you’ve seen one.

“There’s a whole hierarchy of different types of ghost experiences,” Simmonds-Moore says, “and some of them are much more easy to explain using normal psychology than others.”

That said, Simmonds-Moore says that there are incidences in which people have paranormal encounters and inexplicably gain “access to information that they didn’t have access to” prior to those encounters. And those are somewhat less easy to explain.

Examples include things like people traveling to a location they’ve never been to, yet they “seem to know things what they shouldn’t know,” including events that occurred there or what a person they’ve never met was wearing, and other unexplainable circumstances.

“It doesn’t mean that it’s the media idea of a ghost, that there’s something persisting and haunting. It could be that it’s information that is tied to a place ,and some people who are in these different states are more able to notice that information and have access to than others,” she says.

According to Simmonds-Moore, some people believe they’ve had encounters with deceased loved ones, which is understandable given feelings of bereavement and loss, she says.

“But sometimes they might know that somebody’s going to pass before they do, or they might an encounter with an apparition, and they don’t know that the person has actually passed away and they see the apparition at the point of death and dying,” she says.

More than that, they might know how the person died even before the information has been relayed.

“I think that there are probably some extremely strong cases that are very rare, where you can’t always apply the normal explanation,” Simmonds-Moore says. “But the fact that they occur at all is interesting.”

So does all of this information make the case that ghosts are real?

“I think it’s probably more like information that has aspects of somebody’s life that might persist, and then other people might be able to access that field of consciousness," Simmonds-Moore says.

Whether they exist in the traditional sense or not, Simmonds-Moore says that there are many, very rare experiences that are difficult to explain.

In those cases, normal explanations don't necessarily fit.

"This implies that there are some experiences that are more intriguing, so there is a big question mark for those."

Let's say ghosts are real: What do ghosts want?

When it’s a loved one visiting us, Coffey says there are a variety of reasons to explain why they’ve come.

“Sometimes it’s because they love us and they want us to understand that death is not the end, that death doesn’t end relationships — it just alters them, changes them. Sometimes it’s because we call them up and they can choose whether or not they’re going to interact with us. But many times, they’ll willingly come through and bridge that gap where our two realms connect,” he says.

Ghosts, however, have a different agenda, says Dillard.

“Wherever there’s strong emotional energy, they’re attracted to it because they need a source of energy,” she says. “And sometimes ghosts will want to be known, they’ll want to be recognized, because they want our emotional reaction.”

Even if that reaction is stress or fear, Dillard says ghosts don’t mind because one way or another, they’re receiving the attention or emotional energy they’re seeking. “They sometimes want help, too. They’ll want someone to see them, know them, know there’s something here and tell them where to go.”

In rare cases, Dillard says certain ghosts, like poltergeists, have a darker purpose and, unlike lost souls seeking direction, they gravitate toward negative energy.

For instance, places with a lot of history or where bad things or traumas have occurred can attract these negative spirits.

“They invoke an incredible amount of fear in people for good reason. If you’ve got something flying across the room, it could hurt you. And they don’t tend to react or respond to us in any other way than invoking fear in a negative, powerful way,” she explains.

Even more rare are demonic spirits like the one portrayed in the horror movie “The Exorcist.” But according to Dillard, they do exist. “They will happen,” she says. “There’s documented cases of things.”

What to do if you think you have a ghost?

While some people are convinced that ghosts, spirits, poltergeists or other otherworldly apparitions are real, there are, of course, skeptics.

“In my line of work, I get that all the time,” says Dillard. “I just tell people that it’s fine. With things like this, we can only really believe if we’ve experienced them.

"We can believe it’s possible, we can believe that maybe someone else may believe it. But, normally, we become true believers when we’ve had some form of experience.”

According to Coffey, he’s seen far too much to not believe there’s more than meets the eye.

“How can there be so many stories about ghosts and spirits and paranormal things and just the realm of the weird for there not to be something there? I mean, where there’s smoke, there’s fire.”

He also dismisses the idea that only certain places on earth are “haunted.”

“I think every place is haunted. ‘Haunted’ is not a bad word. It’s just the presence of paranormal or spiritual activity,” he says.

“There can be the 'mom-and-pop' garden variety, non-malicious, non-malevolent haunting. Absolutely. A lot of people have died throughout history. There are a lot of dead people out there. So, ‘haunted?’ You’ve probably got spirits floating in this space right here. Most places have spirit activity,” Coffey explains.

For the average person, however, a ghost encounter, whether benign or not, can be pretty unsettling, if not downright scary.

If you believe it’s happening to you, Dillard suggests firmly, but kindly, telling them to leave.

“You can send a thought message, you can send a verbal message,” she says. “And that is: ‘You don’t belong here. You’re no longer in the physical world, and there’s a better place for you.’”

And in most cases, she says that it’s enough.

When it’s not, then it might be time to enlist the help of an expert.

“If you have a malicious or malevolent haunting, that’s when you have to call in the troops and get the help you need in trying to expel it,” says Coffey. “Get in touch with a reputable paranormal team that’s going to give you some good, sound advice on how to handle what’s going on in your house.”

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Posted February 13, 2018

Where do ghosts come from? I don’t mean, from which plane of paranormal existence—which spirit world, as it were—but where and how did ghosts originate in our folklore?

Cultural anthropologists may never answer that question definitively, but I have an idea, based on Neuroscience , how the very first ghostly apparitions paid our distant ancestors a visit.

Strangely enough, the ancient phenomenon of ghosts may have its roots in a very modern concept: batteries. Here’s how:

The billions of nerve cells dwelling inside your cranium are a lot like tiny rechargeable batteries. In most cases, these cells won’t tire enough for you to notice, but with careful observation, you can catch them napping. Neurons are reservoirs of electrical charge. When stimulated, a neuron sends an electrical signal and then needs some time to recover. During a resting phase—which can last 10 seconds or longer—other active nerve cells continue to fire. In most instances, this neural trade-off is seamless, and your brain doesn’t detect the shift of activity from one neuron to another, but once in a while too many nerve cells expend too much energy too quickly and cause perceptual glitches.

We tend to experience these glitches as optical illusions, and sometimes as ghosts.

The following demonstrations show you how to trick some of your neurons into recklessly expending most of their energy at once, so you can detect them when they’re in the act of recuperating.

Stare at the green ghost on the left 30 seconds, and then shift your gaze to the gray rectangle on the right. While you were staring, a battle was raging between the neurons in your brain that sense green and magenta, which mutually inhibit one another in a process called "color opponency." On the grey rectangle, you should see an afterimage of a magenta ghost with green eyes.

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This particular ghostlike afterimage arises because, while staring at the green-bodied ghost on the left, color sensitive neurons in your visual pathways grew tired of the intense activity of responding to highly saturated colors. And this fatigue was highly localized. Neurons that respond best to green were fatigued only in the green segments of the image, while neurons that respond best to magenta, grew tired only in the ghost's eyes.

Because visual neurons that respond best to green "oppose" (inhibit) those that respond to magenta, and vice versa, when you look at a chromatically neutral patch of gray after fatiguing green and magenta sensitive neurons respectively, you will see opposite complementary colors to those of the original image. In essence, the magenta afterimage of the ghost's body arises because "green neurons" grew tired, so the rested "magenta neurons" won the never-ending neural tug of war between the two colors. Similarly, in the eyes of the ghost, "magenta" neurons wore out, giving green neurons the upper hand. Ergo, greenish eyes in the afterimage.

Moving ghosts can also pay us a visit as a result of neural fatigue

Look into the center of the spoke pattern for 20 seconds. Now look at the white space to the right of the spokes. The negative of the image emerges from nowhere and shimmers with a circular motion. Why?

Eric Haseltine

Well, Neuroscientists do know why a negative afterimage appears: The pattern simply exhausts nerve cells that sense white spokes. However, neuroscientists don’t yet understand why a static image creates a perception of motion. They suspect that, because real motion produces moving afterimages similar to those seen here, the pattern of the spokes depletes the class of neurons used to sense movement. As the image fades from the white square, your neurons approach their original state.

So there you have it. In a sense (pardon the pun) ghostly images are very real. Perhaps our distant ancestors first reported such sightings after gazing at dancing flames of a campfire, then looking up at the night sky, or looking at the gray face of a boulder after focusing on an intensely emerald swath of grass.

This may not be an accurate explanation of how ghosts first made their way into our collective consciousness, but at least it's colorful!

This blog is a modified excerpt from my new book, Brain Safari: 5-Minute Experiments to Explore the Space Between Your Ears .

Some of the material also appeared originally in my Discover Magazine column, Neuroquest

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Is it possible for there to be ghosts? – Madelyn, age 11, Fort Lupton, Colorado

Certainly, lots of people believe in ghosts – a spirit left behind after someone who was alive has died.

In a 2021 poll of 1,000 American adults , 41% said they believe in ghosts, and 20% said they had personally experienced them. If they’re right, that’s more than 50 million spirit encounters in the U.S. alone.

That includes the owner of a retail shop near my home who believes his place is haunted. When I asked what most convinced him of this, he sent me dozens of eerie security camera video clips. He also brought in ghost hunters who reinforced his suspicions.

Some of the videos show small orbs of light gliding around the room. In others, you can hear faint voices and loud bumping sounds when nobody’s there. Others show a book flying off a desk and products jumping off a shelf.

It’s not uncommon for me to hear stories like this. As a sociologist , some of my work looks at beliefs in things like ghosts , aliens , pyramid power and superstitions .

Along with others who practice scientific skepticism, I keep an open mind while maintaining that extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence. Tell me you had a burger for lunch, and I’ll take your word for it. Tell me you shared your fries with Abraham Lincoln’s ghost, and I’ll want more evidence.

In the “spirit” of critical thinking, consider the following three questions:

Are ghosts possible?

People may think they’re experiencing ghosts when they hear strange voices, see moving objects, witness balls or wisps of light or even translucent people.

Yet no one describes ghosts as aging, eating, breathing or using bathrooms – despite plumbers receiving many calls about toilets “ ghost-flushing .”

So could ghosts be made of a special kind of energy that hovers and flies without dissipating?

If that’s the case, that means when ghosts glow, move objects and make sounds, they are acting like matter – something that takes up space and has mass, like wood, water, plants and people. Conversely, when passing through walls or vanishing, they must not act like matter.

But centuries of physics research have found nothing like this exists, which is why physicists say ghosts can’t exist .

And so far, there is no proof that any part of a person can continue on after death.

What’s the evidence?

Never before in history have people recorded so many ghost encounters, thanks in part to mobile phone cameras and microphones. It seems there would be great evidence by now. But scientists don’t have it .

Instead, there are lots of ambiguous recordings sabotaged by bad lighting and faulty equipment. But popular television shows on ghost hunting convince many viewers that blurry images and emotional reactions are proof enough.

As for all the devices ghost hunters use to capture sounds, electrical fields and infrared radiation – they may look scientific, but they’re not . Measurements are worthless without some knowledge of the thing you’re measuring.

When ghost hunters descend on an allegedly haunted location for a night of meandering and measurement, they usually find something they later deem paranormal. It may be a moving door (breeze?), a chill (gap in the floorboards?), a glow (light entering from outside?), electrical fluctuations (old wiring?), or bumps and faint voices (crew in other rooms?).

Whatever happens, ghost hunters will draw a bull’s-eye around it, interpret that as “evidence” and investigate no further .

Are there alternative explanations?

Personal experiences with ghosts can be misleading due to the limitations of human senses. That’s why anecdotes can’t substitute for objective research. Alleged hauntings usually have plenty of non-ghostly explanations.

One example is that retail establishment in my neighborhood. I reviewed the security camera clips and gathered information about the store’s location and layout, and the exact equipment used in the recordings.

First, the “orbs”: Videos captured many small globes of light seemingly moving around the room.

In reality, the orbs are tiny particles of dust wafting close to the camera lens, made to “bloom” by the camera’s infrared lights. That they appear to float around the room is an optical illusion. Watch any orb video closely and you’ll see they never go behind objects in the room. That’s exactly what you’d expect with dust particles close to the camera lens.

Next, voices and bumps: The shop is in a busy corner mini-mall. Three walls abut sidewalks, loading zones and parking areas; an adjacent store shares the fourth. The security camera mics probably recorded sounds from outdoors, other rooms and the adjacent unit. The owner never checked for these possibilities.

Then, the flying objects: The video shows objects falling off the showroom wall. The shelf rests on adjustable brackets, one of which wasn’t fully seated in its slot. The weight of the shelf caused the bracket to settle into place with a visible jerk. This movement sent some items tumbling off the shelf.

Then, the flying book: I used a simple trick to recreate the event at home: a hidden string taped inside a book’s cover, wrapped around the kitchen island, and tugged by my right hand out of camera range.

Now I can’t prove there wasn’t a ghost in the original video. The point is to provide a more plausible explanation than “it must have been a ghost.”

One final consideration: Virtually all ghostly experiences involve impediments to making accurate perceptions and judgments – bad lighting , emotional arousal , sleep phenomena , social influences , culture , a misunderstanding of how recording devices work , and the prior beliefs and personality traits of those who claim to see ghosts. All of these hold the potential to induce unforgettable ghostly encounters.

But all can be explained without ghosts being real.

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One thing that ghosts , Bigfoot , and UFOs have in common is a lack of hard evidence for their existence. Many people report seeing these phenomena, though sightings are essentially stories, not proof.

According to many "ghost experts," just about anyone can find evidence of ghosts using a device found in nearly every home: a camera . Ghost stories and sightings are fine, but what can we make of images claimed to be actual photographs of dead spirits?

Last year an exhibition of spirit photography was held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Several of the pictures on display were created by Boston photographer William H. Mumler, who first claimed to have captured ghosts on film. Mumler produced many "spirit photographs" in the latter half of the 1800s, depicting faint, ghostly images in otherwise normal portraits. This caused a sensation and convinced many people with his seemingly excellent proof of ghosts.

Yet there was more to Mumler's photographic proof of life after death than met the eye; he was exposed as a hoaxer when some of the "ghosts" he had photographed were seen very much alive, living and working in Boston. In the process of his work, Mumler had simply stumbled across a crude method of double exposure, and hatched a plan to make a fortune with his fakes.

Thus, ghost photography began as an unseemly blend of photographic error and outright hoax.

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The clear images of ghosts and dead souls depicted by Mumler are long gone. Despite dramatically improved optical equipment and cameras over the past century, most "ghost photos" fall into two categories: 1) hazy, indistinct shapes that can be interpreted as a human form; and 2) "mysterious" glowing white blobs called orbs.

Both can be easily (and accidentally) created by photographic error, and the latter are by far the most common. Books, television shows, and Web sites about ghosts often include photographs of orbs that investigators (or just ordinary people) find scary, amazing, or simply puzzling. Orb photos are essentially Rorschach cards, though the forms are usually white and round instead of black and blobby. The interpretations of both, however, reveal much about how the viewer sees the world.

Orbs may take a variety of forms. There is not one blanket cause for all orbs; many things can create the phenomena, including insects and dust close to the camera lens.

In a series of experiments, I was able to create orb photos under a wide range of circumstances. Orbs can be found in the most un-spooky of settings, and are actually fairly common in daily, amateur photography. They are usually only noticed when a person is actively looking for them as evidence of ghosts. For example, this photo is one of several images I snapped at a New Year's wedding reception that later revealed odd glowing orbs. Proof of spectral party crashers, or a simple photographic trick of light?

The easiest way to create an orb image is to take a flash photograph outdoors on a rainy night. The flash will reflect off the individual droplets and appear as white, floating orbs (the effect is most pronounced in a light rain, though even a little moisture in the air can create mysterious orbs). As researcher Joe Nickell notes in his book Camera Clues , unnoticed shiny surfaces are also common sources of orbs. (As well, flashes reflecting camera straps can produce other ghostly photo effects.)

During one investigation I conducted several years ago at Fort George ("Canada's most haunted place ," in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario), I examined a large, wooden soldiers' barracks where ghosts and orbs had been reported. I took several flash photographs of the area, and I noticed that the building (essentially a barn-like structure) was quite dusty. As a television crew interviewed some ghost hunters , I noticed one orb, photographed it, and wondered what it might be ( image).

It hovered about chest-high and did not move at all, suggesting that it was not an insect nor a dust particle; instead it seemed supernaturally suspended in the air. It was several feet away from the nearest post, wall, or other visible means of support. The phenomenon was very strange.

I showed the image to one of the ghost hunters, who seemed pleased that I had captured what was obviously a ghost orb.

Upon further investigation...

Not content to simply declare my orb a sure sign of the supernatural , a fellow investigator and I searched even harder for a solution.

Sure enough, closer investigation revealed that the orb was in fact a tiny piece of dust or lint that clung to the remnants of a spider web ( image). It was a very unusual place for a web, and had I not traced the long, nearly-invisible line to its arachnid anchor, I would have rejected a web as an explanation. But it was a very long strand and just far enough away from the walkway that all but the tallest passersby would not walk through it. The dust mote was very difficult to see, and only apparent when a dark color appeared behind it for contrast, or when caught in a flash photograph.

Had an amateur ghost-hunter spent a few minutes taking flash photos of that room at night, the dust would likely have appeared as an orb--and its true cause almost certainly overlooked as an explanation.  

Orbs seem otherworldly because they are almost always invisible to the naked eye and go unnoticed until the photo is examined, later revealing the presence of a ghostly, unnatural, glowing object, sometimes appearing over or around an unsuspecting person. To those unaware of scientific and optical explanations, it is no wonder that orbs spook people (as Mumler's photos did 120 years ago). Most ghost investigators will admit that at least some orb photos are of ordinary phenomena. Still, they insist, there must be some orbs that defy rational explanation. None have yet been found. Of course it's possible that ghosts and spirits do exist and can be photographed. But if so, where's the proof? And why do images of ghosts look exactly like images of photographic errors?

Ghost enthusiasts are satisfied with hazy images and orbs, but this will never convince skeptics and scientists. So what would be good photographic proof of ghosts?

An authentic photograph of anyone born before the invention of photography would be a good start: Benjamin Franklin , William Shakespeare, or any of thousands of other people for whom we have a good record of their likeness but no photograph. Just one such photo would be more convincing than a thousand glowing blobs. Unfortunately, all the ghost photos offered so far are indistinguishable from intentional fakes and optical mistakes. Maybe next year.

Benjamin Radford is an investigator with the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal and author or co-author of three books .

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People love scary, spooky stories of spectral phantoms. While there’s no science to support the existence of ghosts, research does provide plenty of explanations for why we might genuinely sense a supernatural presence.

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October 31, 2019 at 5:45 am

A shadowy figure rushed through the door. “It had a skeletal body, surrounded by a white, blurry aura,” recalls Dom. The figure hovered and didn’t seem to have a face. Dom, who prefers to use only his first name, had been fast asleep. Just 15 at the time, he panicked and closed his eyes. “I only saw it for a second,” he recalls. Now, he’s a young adult who lives in the United Kingdom. But he still remembers the experience vividly.

Was the figure a ghost? In the mythology of the United States and many other Western cultures, a ghost or spirit is a dead person who interacts with the living world. In stories, a ghost may whisper or groan, cause things to move or fall, mess with electronics — even appear as a shadowy, blurry or see-through figure.

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Ghost stories are lots of fun, especially on Halloween. But some people believe that ghosts are real. Chapman University in Orange, Calif., runs a yearly survey that asks people in the United States about their beliefs in the paranormal. In 2018, 58 percent of those polled agreed with the statement, “Places can be haunted by spirits.” And almost one in five people from the United States said in another survey, conducted by the Pew Research Center in Washington, D.C., that they’ve seen or been in the presence of a ghost.

On ghost-hunting TV shows, people use scientific equipment to attempt to record or measure spirit activity. And numerous creepy photos and videos make it seem like ghosts exist. However, none of these offer good evidence of ghosts. Some are hoaxes, created to fool people. The rest only prove that equipment sometimes can capture noise, images or other signals that people don’t expect. Ghosts are the least likely of many possible explanations.

Not only are ghosts supposed to be able to do things that science says are impossible, such as turn invisible or pass through walls, but also scientists using reliable research methods have found zero evidence that ghosts exist. What scientists have discovered, though, are lots of reasons why people might feel they have had ghostly encounters.

What their data show is that you can’t always trust your eyes, ears or brain.

‘Dreaming with your eyes open’

Dom began having unusual experiences when he was eight or nine. He would wake up unable to move. He researched what was happening to him. And he learned that science had a name for it: sleep paralysis. This condition leaves someone feeling awake but paralyzed, or frozen in place. He can’t move or speak or breathe deeply. He may also see, hear or feel figures or creatures that aren’t really there. This is called a hallucination (Huh-LU-sih-NA-shun).

Sometimes, Dom hallucinated that creatures were walking or sitting on him. Other times, he heard screaming. He only saw something that one time, as a teenager.

Sleep paralysis happens when the brain messes up the process of falling asleep or waking. Usually, you only start dreaming after you’re fully asleep. And you stop dreaming before you waken.

A sitting woman looks down at her dreaming self

Sleep paralysis “is like dreaming with your eyes open,” explains Baland Jalal. A neuroscientist, he studies sleep paralysis at the University of Cambridge in England. He says this is why it happens: Our most vivid, lifelike dreams happen during a certain stage of sleep. It’s called rapid eye movement, or REM, sleep. In this stage, your eyes dart around under their closed lids. Though your eyes move, the rest of your body can’t. It’s paralyzed. Most likely, that’s to prevent people from acting out their dreams. (That could get dangerous! Imagine flailing your arms and legs as you play dream basketball, only to whack your knuckles on the wall and tumble to the floor.)

Your brain usually turns this paralysis off before you wake up. But in sleep paralysis, you wake up while it’s still happening.

Faces in the clouds

You don’t have to experience sleep paralysis to sense things that aren’t there. Have you ever felt your phone buzz, then checked to find there was no message? Have you heard someone calling your name when no one was there? Have you ever seen a face or figure in a dark shadow?

These misperceptions also count as hallucinations, says David Smailes. He’s a psychologist in England at Northumbria University in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. He thinks that just about everyone has such experiences. Most of us just ignore them. But some may turn to ghosts as the explanation.

We’re used to our senses giving us accurate information about the world. So when experiencing a hallucination, our first instinct is usually to believe it. If you see or feel the presence of a loved one who died — and trust your perceptions — then “it has to be a ghost,” says Smailes. That’s easier to believe than the idea that your brain is lying to you.

The brain has a tough job. Information from the world bombards you as a mixed-up jumble of signals. The eyes take in color. The ears take in sounds. The skin senses pressure. The brain works to make sense of this mess. This is called bottom-up processing. And the brain is very good at it. It’s so good that it sometimes finds meaning in meaningless things. This is known as pareidolia (Pear-eye-DOH-lee-ah). You experience it whenever you stare at clouds and see rabbits, ships or faces. Or gaze at the moon and see a face.

a wall with three bricks that look like they have faces

The brain also does top-down processing. It adds information to your perception of the world. Most of the time, there is way too much stuff coming in through the senses. Paying attention to all of it would overwhelm you. So your brain picks out the most important parts. And then it fills in the rest. “The vast majority of perception is the brain filling in the gaps,” explains Smailes.

What you see right now isn’t what’s actually out there in the world. It’s a picture your brain painted for you based on signals captured by your eyes. The same goes for your other senses. Most of the time, this picture is accurate. But sometimes, the brain adds things that aren’t there.

For example, when you mishear the lyrics in a song, your brain filled in a meaning that wasn’t there. (And it will most likely continue to mishear those words even after you learn the right ones.)

This is very similar to what happens when so-called ghost hunters capture sounds that they say are ghosts speaking. (They call this electronic voice phenomenon, or EVP.) The recording is probably just random noise. If you listen to it without knowing what was supposedly said, you probably won’t hear words. But when you know what the words are supposed to be, you might now find that you can discern them easily.

Your brain may also add faces to images of random noise. Research has shown that patients who experience visual hallucinations are more likely than normal to experience pareidolia — see faces in random shapes, for instance.

In one 2018 study, Smailes’ team tested whether this might also be true for healthy people. They recruited 82 volunteers. First, the researchers asked a series of questions about how often these volunteers had hallucination-like experiences. For example, “Do you ever see things other people cannot?” and “Do you ever think that everyday things look abnormal to you?”

a face that hidden in a busy black and white image

Next, the participants looked at 60 images of black and white noise. For a very brief moment, another image would flash in the center of the noise. Twelve of these images were faces that were easy to see. Another 24 were hard-to-see faces. And 24 more images showed no faces at all — just more noise. The volunteers had to report whether a face was present or absent in each flash. In a separate test, the researchers showed the same volunteers a series of 36 images. Two-thirds of them contained a face pareidolia. The remaining 12 did not.

Participants who had initially reported more hallucination-like experiences were also more likely to report faces in the flashes of random noise. They were also better at identifying those images that contained face pareidolia.

In the next few years, Smailes plans to study situations in which people might be more likely to see faces in randomness.

When people sense ghosts, he points out, “They’re often alone, in the dark and scared.” If it’s dark, your brain can’t get much visual information from the world. It has to create more of your reality for you. In this type of situation, Smailes says, the brain may be more likely to impose its own creations onto reality.

Did you see the gorilla?

The brain’s picture of reality sometimes includes things that aren’t there. But it can also completely miss things that are there. This is called inattentional blindness. Want to know how it works? Watch the video before you keep reading.

The video shows people in white and black shirts passing a basketball. Count how many times the people in white shirts pass the ball. How many did you see?

Partway through the video, a person in a gorilla suit walks through the players. Did you see it? About half of all viewers who count passes while watching the video miss the gorilla completely.

If you too missed the gorilla, you experienced inattentional blindness. You were likely in a state called absorption. That’s when you are so focused on a task that you tune out everything else.

“Memory does not work like a video camera,” says Christopher French. He is a psychologist in England at Goldsmiths University of London. You only remember things you’re paying attention to. Some people are more likely to become absorbed than others. And these people also report higher levels of paranormal beliefs, he says, including beliefs in ghosts.

How could these things be related? Some strange experiences that people blame on ghosts involve unexplained sounds or movements. A window may seem to open all by itself. But what if someone opened it and you just didn’t notice because you were so absorbed in something else? That’s a lot more likely than a ghost, French says.

In one 2014 study, French and his colleagues found that people with higher levels of paranormal beliefs and higher tendencies to get absorbed are also more likely to experience inattentional blindness. They also tend to have a more limited working memory. That’s how much information you can hold in your memory at once.

If you have trouble keeping lots of information in your memory or paying attention to more than one thing at once, then you risk missing sensory cues from the environment around you. And you might blame any misperceptions that result on a ghost.

The power of critical thinking

Anyone may experience sleep paralysis, hallucinations, pareidolia or inattentional blindness. But not everyone turns to ghosts or other supernatural beings as a way to explain these experiences. Even as a child, Dom never thought he had come face to face with a real ghost. He went online and asked questions about what might have happened. He used critical thinking. And he got the answers he needed. When an episode happens now, he uses a technique that Jalal developed. Dom doesn’t try to stop the episode. He just focuses on his breathing, tries to relax as much as possible and waits for it to pass. He says, “I deal with it far better. I just sleep and enjoy sleeping.”

Robyn Andrews is a psychology student at the University of South Wales in Treforest. She wondered if people with stronger critical-thinking skills might be less likely to believe in the paranormal. So she and her mentor, psychologist Philip Tyson, recruited 687 students for a study about their paranormal beliefs. The students majored in a wide range of different fields. Each was asked how strongly he or she agreed with statements such as, “It is possible to communicate with the dead.” Or “Your mind or soul can leave your body and travel.” The research team also looked at the students’ grades on a recent assignment.

a woman sitting on a chair looking at a ghost twin image sitting in front of a window

Students with higher grades tended to have lower levels of paranormal beliefs, this study found. And students in the physical sciences, engineering or math tended not to believe as strongly as those studying the arts. This trend also has been seen in research by others.

This study did not actually assess the students’ ability to think critically. “That’s something we would look into as a future study,” says Andrews. However, previous research has shown that science students tend to have stronger critical-thinking skills than art students. That’s probably because you need to think critically in order to conduct scientific experiments. And thinking critically can help you scout out likely causes for an unusual experience without involving ghosts (or aliens, or Bigfoot).

Even among science students and working scientists, though, paranormal beliefs persist. Andrews and Tyson think that’s a problem. If you can’t judge whether a ghost story or spooky experience is real or not, you may also get fooled by advertisements, bogus medical cures or fake news, says Tyson. It’s important for everyone to learn how to question information and seek reasonable, realistic explanations.

So if someone tells you a ghost story this Halloween, enjoy it. But remain skeptical. Think about other possible explanations for what was described. Remember that your mind may fool you into experiencing spooky things.

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Kathryn Hulick has been a regular contributor to Science News for Students since 2013. She’s covered everything from laser “photography” and acne to video games, robotics and forensics. This piece — her 43rd story for us — was inspired by her book: Strange But True: 10 of the world’s greatest mysteries explained. (Quarto, October 1, 2019, 128 pages).

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What Does A Ghost Look Like?

A although we don’t know for certain whether ghosts are real, we do know what they look like thanks to scientific surveys of 1,800 people who claim to have seen them. The surveys were conducted in 1968 and 1974 by Britain’s Institute of Psychophysical Research, and the results were reported in the 1975 book Apparitions , by Celia Green and Charles McCreery.

The researchers found that over 80 percent of ghosts were in the form of people, with the remainder taking the shape of animals and, occasionally, inanimate objects. The vast majority of animal ghosts were cats.

One surprising result of the surveys was that, rather than being transparent or translucent, most ghosts were described by people who had seen them as opaque—in other words, solid enough to block the view of whatever was behind them. The majority of apparitions also contained some color . However, a minority of ghosts are translucent or transparent, and it is also common for an opaque ghost to fade to transparency as it begins to disappear.

A few people who have seen ghosts report that even though their apparition appeared quite solid, they still were able to see objects behind it. A further wrinkle is that a ghost will sometimes appear solid from a distance, but grow increasingly transparent as it approaches its viewer. Some witnesses said their perception of the ghost was sharper and more detailed than it would have been had they been viewing a real person, animal, or object under the same conditions.

The vast majority of people who have seen human-appearing ghosts report them as walking, standing, or sitting just as living people do. Well over half of the respondents said they saw their ghost move—though sometimes the ghost seemed to glide rather than walk, changed locations without seeming to cross the intervening space, or even floated through the air.

Finally, apparitions do not always appear as full-figured. Rather, people sometimes see nothing but the head, head and hands, head and shoulders, or even just the eyes of a ghost. By contrast, a type of apparition known as a time slip can appear surrounded by an entire stage set of period furniture, vehicles, animals, and people.

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What ghosts look like: Everything you need to know

All ghosts look different when watching movies, reading books, and watching paranormal shows. Some ghosts are black, some white, some misty, some glowing orbs, and some are not visible to the naked eye. Do all spirits look the same, or do they come in different shapes and forms?

As a general rule, ghosts are translucent and look like a white mist. Other common ways for spirits to manifest are through orbs, light streaks, fogs, or shadows in a 3D shape.

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What ghosts look like

Ghosts come in different shapes and forms; they do (unfortunately) not all look the same. The most common way for apparitions to visually manifest is through a white transparent mist or fog. They might have full features, but some are undefined.

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The most common haunting is a residual haunting. Events in the past are replayed when the circumstances are right. A ghost from a residual haunting doesn’t interact, and the haunting is looping and looks the same every time. Residual hauntings are the most common type of haunting.

It is important to remember that ghosts manifest through other senses than vision. They might be felt through touch, sound, smell, and emotions. It’s not uncommon for spirits to manifest through the scent of tobacco, burned wood, perfume, and flowers.

Some ghosts love to interact by knocking on the walls or footsteps. Some ghosts communicate through disembodied voices. Spirits can move through objects, walls, and constructions. They can also be seen as shadows, and some are reflected in mirrors. There are observations of temperature fluctuations when ghosts are present.

As you notice, there is no clear-cut answer when it comes to paranormal phenomena. We still don’t know that much about ghostly activities. Not all experience them either.

It is important to remember that ghosts manifest through other senses than vision as well. They might not be seen, but felt through touch, smells, and emotions. Miss claudette

Apparitions and ghosts have been studied since the late 19th century, but there are still more questions than answers. It is hard to give an absolute answer to how ghosts look.

Negative entities and demons

Some negative energies are not part of the spectrum of human or animal-originated ghosts. Demons have different ways of manifesting. Demons have a tricky side and mimic other apparitions or phenomena in an attempt for us to lower our guard.

So you might think you see a ghost when it is something else. I believe this is one of the factors that made many of us afraid of ghosts. It is hard to tell what it is if you are not experienced. Ed and Lorraine Warren, famous demonologists and psychics, always told people to stay away from communicating with spirits. You never know what you get ( The Demonologist by Gerard Brittle).

Residual Ghosts

A residual ghost is not usually intelligent and does not interact with the living. Residual spirits often manifest like a white transparent mist with defined features. The haunting is the same and replays over and over. Residual hauntings are the most common type of visual manifestation of ghosts.

In the video below, you can see an example of ghosts manifesting with white mist. The haunting seems to replay an event happening a long time ago.

If you want to learn more about residual hauntings, I invite you to read the article below.

Intelligent Ghosts

Intelligent ghosts can take various forms like mists, lights, shadows, and full- or partial body apparitions. An intelligent spirit might manifest in different shapes from time to time. It is hard to give a clear-cut answer to what they look like.

An intelligent ghost can communicate with the living through all our senses. Many intelligent spirits manifest through gadgets and other senses than just vision. They make themselves known with smells, touch, temperature shifts, electronics going crazy, batteries draining, voice phenomena, etc.

In the video below, an intelligent ghost is communicating through the EMF sensor. The spirit is not visually manifesting but is communicating through electromagnetic fields. The ghost is answering the paranormal investigator’s questions.

Funnel Ghosts

Funnel ghosts manifest like funnels of fog, light, or shadows. They are often milky white transparent with a smell of ozone. Commonly, they show up as “funnels” in photos or videos. Funnel ghosts absorb energy from the surroundings to manifest. Funnel ghosts are often the souls of loved ones and manifest in homes and historical places.

I’m not that familiar with the concept of funnel ghosts, as I tend to categorize this phenomenon more as intelligent haunting. As we know, intelligent ghosts can take many forms and manifest in many ways. While researching this blog, the concept kept showing up on the internet. I have not seen much information about funnel ghosts in my reference literature.

The ectoplasm is transferred when the medium is in a state of trans. There are many types of ectoplasm. Loved ones might induce the funnel ghost with psychic abilities (known or unknown). The ectoplasm ghosts tend to linger a few feet above the ground. You often encounter them on historical sites like battlefields and cemeteries.

There is no proof that ectoplasm exists. It is worth noting that there are mediums faking ectoplasm. Rosemary Ellen Guiley says(Encyclopedia of Ghosts and Spirits): “Fraudulent mediums were known to produce ectoplasm composed of nothing more than strips of muslin, or mixtures of soap, gelatin, and egg white.” I agree with this as many of the photos taken of ectoplasm seem a bit fake overall.

Fraudulent mediums were known to produce ectoplasm composed of nothing more than strips of muslin, or mixtures of soap, gelatin and egg white Rosemary Ellen Guiley

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In the photo above, you see an example of when a medium is transmitting ectoplasm, and a ghost manifests.

Ectomist is thought to be an alternate entry form that ghosts use to manifest. They are common phenomena and are often only caught in photos or video recordings. It is often white to gray looking and transparent and quickly shifting form. This phenomenon is not to be confused with ectoplasm (read above).

The ectomist will often linger a couple of feet off the ground. The outlines of the ghost is seldom defined, but at times you can notice a humanoid shape flickering by. You have to be sure you are not confusing ectomist with smoke, vapor, fog, etc. The phenomenon often gets challenged and (sometimes falsely) debunked.

In the video below, you find examples of how ectomist look in action.

Ghost orbs are luminous round lights floating in the air. Some are defined, and some are more irregular in shape. At times ghost orbs have also been seen in a diamond shape or even as streaks. Their size varies from very small to about a basketball in diameter.

Ghost orbs are thought to be ghosts of humans or animals. But as with everything paranormal, there is still no conclusive evidence for this.

Ghost orbs are mostly seen on infrared monitors, photographs, or video recordings. They are ghost lights if they are seen with the naked eye (read below). Ghost orbs often appear white or yellow. There are examples of blue and red ghost orbs as well. They often move randomly when caught on video. The orbs might twinkle or have a static glow. It is not uncommon for the spheres to move very quickly.

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Red orbs are sometimes connected to the negative. The ghost orb is not a “ghost” but demonic. There is no conclusive evidence for this, so take it with a grain of salt.

One interesting thing about ghost orbs is that they occasionally react to the living. This is a sign that they might be intelligent ghosts. Some believe that ghost orbs are not ghosts but extraterrestrial entities.

Many ghost orb sightings might be due to natural causes such as reflections, bugs, raindrops, lens flairs, and pixelation errors (to name a few).

It is plausible that ghosts manifest by absorbing energy from their surroundings. Along with other ghostly activities, the sphere might be “real,” but alone, you shouldn’t put that much emphasis on them.

In the video below, you see an example of a ghost orb phenomenon.

Ghost Lights

Ghost lights are luminous spheres in yellow, white, red, orange, or blue. Ghost lights can be seen with the naked eye and sometimes have a “tail,” unlike ghost orbs (read above). Ghost lights are often seen in remote areas or locations and tend to be quite shy. As soon as any noise or light (from a flashlight or alike), they disappear. The same happens if you try to approach them. The colors can change while looking at them, and in some instances, they can have multiple colors at once.

Ghost lights seem to reappear in the same area. They don’t move, and they often show up at the same time of the day.

There might be natural cases of ghost lights such as background lighting, methane gas, and insects. As with other paranormal activity, there is no conclusive evidence of ghost lights.

In the video below, you see examples of ghost lights. The video shows the famous Maco lights and other famous ghost lights.

Thought-forms and personal perceptions

The thought-form theory is highly relevant when discussing visual representations and manifestations of ghosts. A thought-form is, in short, a human-originated apparition that looks and acts like a ghost but is not. The thought form is created by a psychic that has the power to project an entity. It is artificial. If one has a strong desire for something to manifest, it might do. But it is not real; it comes from within.

This might shed light on why some see ghosts and others do not. There are, of course, manifestations caught in photographs and video, but they might be thought forms too. No one knows. It is not a popular theory in the paranormal field.

Another exciting idea is that we all perceive ghosts the way we are capable. We might experience ghostly activity differently. As a psychic, I can relate to this idea as I can’t see, hear, or feel things. I know things. Another psychic might listen to ghosts, and the third might see them. You get it.

The video recorder might “perceive” a phenomenon one way and a human another. I think this might be a clue to the mystery of why some phenomena show up on camera, but the investigator feels the “chills” or the emotional reaction. But this is, again, my two cents.

Key takeaways

Ghosts are not scientifically proven to exist. With that said, it doesn’t mean they don’t. Science has not yet found a way to pinpoint what they are and how they manifest – may it be within us, in another dimension, or alike. Ghost has been present throughout history, though. So they exist in some way or another. Maybe not the way we like them to (thought forms or hallucinations). We have taken them to heart as a part of our reality. Whatever form they have.

Ghosts are often seen as white translucent mist or fog. Some have definitions and features; some don’t. It is also expected that they manifest as orbs or shadows.

Many times ghosts manifest through other senses than sight. It’s more common to smell them or feel a sudden drop (or spike) in temperature. To rely only on view is not doing us any good. We need to include all our senses, even the sixth one.

References and cites

  • The Encyclopedia of Ghosts and Spirits , Rosemary Ellen Guiley, 2007.
  • The Demonologist , Gerard Brittle, 2013, Audiobook.

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Are ghosts real? A social psychologist examines the evidence

In an article for The Conversation , Distinguished Professor Emeritus of sociology Barry Markovsky looks at people’s belief in ghosts. 

Is it possible for there to be ghosts? — Madelyn, age 11, Fort Lupton, Colorado

Certainly, lots of people believe in ghosts — a spirit left behind after someone who was alive has died.

In a 2021 poll of 1,000 American adults , 41% said they believe in ghosts, and 20% said they had personally experienced them. If they’re right, that’s more than 50 million spirit encounters in the U.S. alone.

That includes the owner of a retail shop near my home who believes his place is haunted. When I asked what most convinced him of this, he sent me dozens of eerie security camera video clips. He also brought in ghost hunters who reinforced his suspicions.

Some of the videos show small orbs of light gliding around the room. In others, you can hear faint voices and loud bumping sounds when nobody’s there. Others show a book flying off a desk and products jumping off a shelf.

It’s not uncommon for me to hear stories like this. As a sociologist , some of my work looks at beliefs in things like ghosts , aliens , pyramid power and superstitions .

Along with others who practice scientific skepticism, I keep an open mind while maintaining that extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence. Tell me you had a burger for lunch, and I’ll take your word for it. Tell me you shared your fries with Abraham Lincoln’s ghost, and I’ll want more evidence.

In the “spirit” of critical thinking, consider the following three questions:

Are ghosts possible?

People may think they’re experiencing ghosts when they hear strange voices, see moving objects, witness balls or wisps of light or even translucent people.

Yet no one describes ghosts as aging, eating, breathing or using bathrooms — despite plumbers receiving many calls about toilets “ ghost-flushing .”

So could ghosts be made of a special kind of energy that hovers and flies without dissipating?

If that’s the case, that means when ghosts glow, move objects and make sounds, they are acting like matter — something that takes up space and has mass, like wood, water, plants and people. Conversely, when passing through walls or vanishing, they must not act like matter.

But centuries of physics research have found nothing like this exists, which is why physicists say ghosts can’t exist .

And so far, there is no proof that any part of a person can continue on after death.

What’s the evidence?

Never before in history have people recorded so many ghost encounters, thanks in part to mobile phone cameras and microphones. It seems there would be great evidence by now. But scientists don’t have it .

Instead, there are lots of ambiguous recordings sabotaged by bad lighting and faulty equipment. But popular television shows on ghost hunting convince many viewers that blurry images and emotional reactions are proof enough.

As for all the devices ghost hunters use to capture sounds, electrical fields and infrared radiation — they may look scientific, but they’re not . Measurements are worthless without some knowledge of the thing you’re measuring.

When ghost hunters descend on an allegedly haunted location for a night of meandering and measurement, they usually find something they later deem paranormal. It may be a moving door (breeze?), a chill (gap in the floorboards?), a glow (light entering from outside?), electrical fluctuations (old wiring?), or bumps and faint voices (crew in other rooms?).

Whatever happens, ghost hunters will draw a bull’s-eye around it, interpret that as “evidence” and investigate no further .

Are there alternative explanations?

Personal experiences with ghosts can be misleading due to the limitations of human senses. That’s why anecdotes can’t substitute for objective research. Alleged hauntings usually have plenty of non-ghostly explanations.

One example is that retail establishment in my neighborhood. I reviewed the security camera clips and gathered information about the store’s location and layout, and the exact equipment used in the recordings.

First, the “orbs”: Videos captured many small globes of light seemingly moving around the room.

In reality, the orbs are tiny particles of dust wafting close to the camera lens, made to “bloom” by the camera’s infrared lights. That they appear to float around the room is an optical illusion. Watch any orb video closely and you’ll see they never go behind objects in the room. That’s exactly what you’d expect with dust particles close to the camera lens.

Next, voices and bumps: The shop is in a busy corner mini-mall. Three walls abut sidewalks, loading zones and parking areas; an adjacent store shares the fourth. The security camera mics probably recorded sounds from outdoors, other rooms and the adjacent unit. The owner never checked for these possibilities.

Then, the flying objects: The video shows objects falling off the showroom wall. The shelf rests on adjustable brackets, one of which wasn’t fully seated in its slot. The weight of the shelf caused the bracket to settle into place with a visible jerk. This movement sent some items tumbling off the shelf.

Then, the flying book: I used a simple trick to recreate the event at home: a hidden string taped inside a book’s cover, wrapped around the kitchen island, and tugged by my right hand out of camera range.

Now I can’t prove there wasn’t a ghost in the original video. The point is to provide a more plausible explanation than “it must have been a ghost.”

One final consideration: Virtually all ghostly experiences involve impediments to making accurate perceptions and judgments — bad lighting , emotional arousal , sleep phenomena , social influences , culture , a misunderstanding of how recording devices work , and the prior beliefs and personality traits of those who claim to see ghosts. All of these hold the potential to induce unforgettable ghostly encounters.

But all can be explained without ghosts being real.

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‘Ghosts’ Cast: What the Stars of the CBS Sitcom Look Like in Real Life

Ghosts Cast What the Stars of the CBS Sitcom Look Like in Real Life

A haunting hoot! Ghosts is not the typical sitcom, but the transformations of the actors on the show are just part of the fun.

The CBS series, which premiered in October 2021, follows married couple Sam ( Rose McIver ) and Jay ( Utkarsh Ambudkar ) after they inherit a country estate. The pair plan to convert the historic home into a bed and breakfast, but their situation grows more complicated when Sam suffers a near-death experience in the house and suddenly acquires the ability to see the ghosts who live there .

The personalities of the spirits range from a Viking to a Prohibition-era singer to a flower child. Their knowledge (and costumes!) span centuries since they all died on the property and failed to move on to the afterlife over the years.

Joe Wiseman explained in October 2021 how he and fellow showrunner Joe Port crafted the ghost characters.

“The first thing we did was look at the macro and we thought of American archetypes and what kind of characters were from what period,” Wiseman told Entertainment Tonight at the time. “We sort of landed on the Northeast, where the Hudson Valley is and where the show is located, because we felt like that had American history baked into it.”

One character, in particular, dictated the background of the show’s entire ensemble, as the executive producers were set on including Thorfinn, played by Devan Chandler Long .

“One thing early on that we decided we wanted was a Viking,” Wiseman recalled. “And we just thought that would be a fun character to have. That sort of forced our hand a little bit in terms of location because we did a lot of research for all the characters. We wanted things to be historically accurate as much as possible because it’s just as easy to be accurate and funny as it is to make things up.”

Following “a lot of research about Vikings,” the creative team discovered that some sailed “down the coast from Canada and did exploratory missions inland,” Wiseman said. “So it rang true that one would be in the Hudson Valley.”

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The key to the show’s charm was to build a diverse cast of undead characters. “The fact that these people who never would have met in real life from all different kinds of people, from all different kinds of places, but also from different eras who literally weren’t even alive at the same time,” Port told the outlet. “It’s a very interesting world where, even though they’re very different, because they’re forced together, they become friends and learn a lot from each other.”

Scroll through the gallery below to see what the stars of Ghosts look like in real life:

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Credit: Cliff Lipson/CBS

A haunting hoot! Ghosts is not the typical sitcom, but the transformations of the actors on the show are just part of the fun. The CBS series, which premiered in October 2021, follows married couple Sam ( Rose McIver ) and Jay ( Utkarsh Ambudkar ) after they inherit a country estate. The pair plan to convert the historic home into a bed and breakfast, but their situation grows more complicated when Sam suffers a near-death experience in the house and suddenly acquires the ability to see the ghosts who live there . The personalities of the spirits range from a Viking to a Prohibition-era singer to a flower child. Their knowledge (and costumes!) span centuries since they all died on the property and failed to move on to the afterlife over the years. Joe Wiseman explained in October 2021 how he and fellow showrunner Joe Port crafted the ghost characters. “The first thing we did was look at the macro and we thought of American archetypes and what kind of characters were from what period,” Wiseman told Entertainment Tonight at the time. “We sort of landed on the Northeast, where the Hudson Valley is and where the show is located, because we felt like that had American history baked into it.” [sendtonews type="float" key="LW00Gz1ZhL-2839793-14453"] One character, in particular, dictated the background of the show’s entire ensemble, as the executive producers were set on including Thorfinn, played by Devan Chandler Long . “One thing early on that we decided we wanted was a Viking,” Wiseman recalled. “And we just thought that would be a fun character to have. That sort of forced our hand a little bit in terms of location because we did a lot of research for all the characters. We wanted things to be historically accurate as much as possible because it’s just as easy to be accurate and funny as it is to make things up.” Following “a lot of research about Vikings,” the creative team discovered that some sailed “down the coast from Canada and did exploratory missions inland,” Wiseman said. “So it rang true that one would be in the Hudson Valley.” The key to the show’s charm was to build a diverse cast of undead characters. “The fact that these people who never would have met in real life from all different kinds of people, from all different kinds of places, but also from different eras who literally weren’t even alive at the same time,” Port told the outlet. “It’s a very interesting world where, even though they’re very different, because they’re forced together, they become friends and learn a lot from each other.” Scroll through the gallery below to see what the stars of Ghosts look like in real life:

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Rebecca Wisocky (Hetty)

The actress plays one of the former owners of Woodstone Manor and an ancestor of Sam’s. The family gained their fortune as robber barons. Outside of Ghosts , Wisocky is best known for her stint on Devious Maids from 2013 to 2016. 

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Brandon Scott Jones (Isaac)

Isaac is a Revolutionary War soldier who continues to struggle with his sexuality in the centuries after his death. His portrayer is a comedian who previously appeared in Isn’t It Romantic , The Other Two and The Good Place . 

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Richie Moriarty (Pete)

Moriarty plays an ‘80s-era scoutmaster who is an eternal optimist despite being killed by a kid who accidentally shot him in the neck with an arrow. Prior to landing his role on Ghosts , the comedian guest-starred on What We Do in the Shadows , Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt , The Last O.G. and Search Party .

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Credit: CBS; Courtesy of Danielle Pinnock/Instagram

Danielle Pinnock (Alberta)

Pinnock is a scene-stealer as sassy 1920s-era jazz singer Alberta. Fans may recognize the comedian from Young Sheldon , A Black Lady Sketch Show , This Is Us and Get Shorty .

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Credit: CBS; Courtesy of Devan Chandler Long/Instagram

Devan Chandler Long (Thorfinn)

Thorfinn is a brute Viking on the series, but his portrayer has shown his range since he began acting in 2011, landing recurring roles on Doom Patrol , The Rookie , Runaways and Bosch .  

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Sheila Carrasco (Flower)

Before embodying hippie Flower, Carrasco appeared on Jane the Virgin , The Good Place , Life in Pieces and The Odd Couple .

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Credit: CBS; Courtesy of Roman Zaragoza/Instagram

Roman Zaragoza (Sasappis)

Zaragoza, who plays a Native American with a gift for storytelling, started acting at a young age. He is a Disney Channel alum who guest-starred on Austin & Ally from 2014 to 2015. For the past 10 years, he has worked with Native Voices at the Autry, the only Native American Equity theatre company in the United States.

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Credit: CBS; Courtesy of Asher Grodman/Instagram

Asher Grodman (Trevor)

The actor portrays a ‘90s-era finance bro on the sitcom. He has guest-starred on Chicago Med , Succession and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and also works as an acting teacher. 

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What Do Ghosts Look Like?

Learning Supernatural

Have you ever wondered what ghosts look like? It’s a question that has been asked for centuries, yet there is still no definitive answer.

Many cultures have their own theories about the appearance of ghosts, from completely invisible to having a human-like form.

In this article, we’ll take a closer look at what people think ghosts may look like and why these beliefs exist.

People’s conceptions of ghostly appearances vary greatly depending on where they live and the culture they come from.

Some believe that spirits are made up of energy or light while others imagine them as an ethereal version of humans with transparent bodies.

Still others think that ghosts can materialize in any shape or size they choose, appearing as animals or even objects!

Whatever your opinion may be, it’s clear that our ideas about what ghosts look like continue to evolve over time.

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Cultural Beliefs About Ghostly Appearances

As the saying goes, ‘Seeing is believing.’ But when it comes to ghosts and spirits, what we think we see may not be exactly what’s there.

Phantom visions of spectral shapes have been observed by many different cultures throughout history with varying interpretations as to their true nature.

In some cases they are seen as disembodied souls or messengers from beyond; in others, mischievous pranksters who take delight in teasing humans for fun.

Whatever form these mysterious entities take, one thing remains certain: There are countless stories about them that still fascinate us today.

Moving on from cultural beliefs about ghostly appearances, descriptions of spirits in folklore offer another insight into how people perceived these curious creatures.

Descriptions Of Spirits In Folklore

Descriptions of spirits in folklore vary greatly. In many cultures, they are believed to have mythic symbolism and represent psychic projections of the collective unconscious. They can take form as animals, plants or even objects such as stones and mirrors; however, some may appear more human-like with ethereal qualities:

  • Physical Attributes:

Some folkloric accounts describe ghosts as having a physical body that is either transparent or incorporeal. They often wear clothing from a past era and may possess supernatural abilities like flying or levitation.

Other accounts portray them as being similar to living people but possessing certain traits such as glowing eyes, pale skin or an unsettling presence.

  • Behavioral Characteristics:

Spirits tend to inhabit places where strong emotions were experienced during life such as battlefields and cemeteries.

They also have been known to haunt buildings or homes where tragedies occurred and sometimes communicate through noises, smells, visions or dreams.

These descriptions provide insight into what ghosts might look like, while creating intrigue around their mysterious nature. As we explore these various types of spirits further, it’s important to consider how they could manifest physically—whether as ethereal humanoid figures or something else entirely.

Check out our Guide for How To Identify A Ghost Sighting?

Ghosts As Ethereal Humanoid Figures

Are ghosts real.

The idea that spirits of the dead linger on in our world, phantoms of the past haunting us with spectral whispers, is a notion as old as humanity itself. Many cultures throughout history have had beliefs regarding apparitions and hauntings; from ancient Egyptians who believed that their Pharaohs could assume ghostly forms to medieval Europeans who thought haunted castles were filled with vengeful spirits. It certainly seems likely that there are many more tales to be told about these mysterious beings than we can imagine.

What do they look like?

While some people may think of ethereal humanoid figures clad in white or grey when picturing ghosts, others interpret apparitions as animals or objects. Whatever form they take, one thing remains certain: the spirit realm has always been an object of fascination for humans since time immemorial. Tales of spooky specters have captivated audiences for generations and will continue to do so for years to come.

Transitioning into this next section, let’s explore how representations of apparitions as animals or objects have evolved over time.

Apparitions As Animals Or Objects

Some people believe that ghosts can take the form of animals or objects. Reports of animal-like apparitions are common in urban legends, such as a ghostly black cat crossing roads and disappearing into thin air.

Other supernatural creatures, like werewolves and banshees, have been described as natural phenomena by various cultures throughout history.

More abstract forms of spirit sightings include items with no physical presence, including orbs and mists. These shapes often appear during paranormal investigations and may be linked to otherworldly entities.

It’s important to note that there is no definitive answer when it comes to what ghosts look like; instead, the concept evolves over time based on culture and perception. With this in mind, let’s explore evolving ideas of ghostly appearances.

Evolving Ideas Of Ghostly Appearances

People have had various ideas about what ghosts look like throughout history.

In some cultures, people believe that ghosts lack physical form and are made of supernatural energy or astral projection. This idea is supported by the fact that sightings of ghosts often occur in places where spirits may be trapped due to unfinished business on Earth.

For instance, many cultures around the world report seeing ghostly apparitions at old battlegrounds or former sites of tragedy.

In other cases, however, ghosts can take a more corporeal shape as they haunt their surroundings.

These visions range from full-bodied specters complete with clothing and facial expressions to translucent figures barely visible in the shadows.

Some also describe spiraling mists that swirl slowly above ground before dissipating into nothingness.

The ways in which we perceive ghosts may depend on both cultural beliefs and individual experiences – either way, these ethereal beings continue to captivate us with their mysterious presence.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can ghosts be detected.

Detecting ghosts can be a difficult task, as they are believed to exist in the form of spirits. However, there have been many reports of ghost sightings and spirit communication throughout history.

To detect these supernatural entities, people often rely on physical evidence like unexplained noises or temperature changes in certain areas. Additionally, some believe that paranormal investigators may use specialized equipment such as electromagnetic field detectors or infrared cameras to capture visual evidence of a haunting presence.

How Do People Interact With Ghosts?

People interact with ghosts in many different ways.

The most common way is through spiritual mediums, who are able to communicate with the spirits of those who have passed on.

Many cultures also share ghost stories as a form of entertainment and education about the supernatural realm.

These stories often depict interactions between humans and ghosts, providing insight into how people can encounter these entities.

Additionally, some people claim to have seen or even communicated directly with ghosts without assistance from spiritual mediums.

While it’s difficult to verify these experiences, they offer an intriguing glimpse into human-ghost interactions that defy explanation.

Are Ghosts Harmful To Humans?

Interesting statistics suggest that many people believe in the existence of ghosts, and it is no surprise why – mysterious apparitions with supernatural powers can be quite intimidating.

When discussing are ghosts harmful to humans?, there is a lot of debate surrounding this topic. Some experts argue that ghosts have been known to cause physical harm to people while others say they are more likely to create an atmosphere of fear rather than causing any real damage.

It seems like the truth behind how dangerous or harmless ghosts truly are will remain a mystery for some time.

How Do You Get Rid Of A Ghost?

Getting rid of a ghost can be difficult, as there is no surefire way to do it.

One method that has been used in the past is spiritual cleansing, which involves removing negative energy and harmful entities from an area.

This often requires intense emotions such as fear or anger, so those who try this should be prepared for strong reactions.

Additionally, it’s important to have faith in the process and stay positive throughout the entire experience.

Do All Cultures Believe In Ghosts?

Do all cultures believe in ghosts?

This is a difficult question to answer, as spiritual beliefs and paranormal activity vary from culture to culture.

In some cases, belief in ghosts may be widespread within a particular culture or certain areas of the world; while in other instances people may not believe at all.

Ultimately, it’s impossible to definitively know what each individual cultural belief system holds when it comes to ghosts.

It’s clear that ghosts exist in some form all over the world. Whether or not they look like how we imagine them to be is a different story.

We can’t know for sure, but it’s certainly interesting to consider what form these spirits may take when they appear.

What do ghosts look like? It’s hard to say definitively, but one thing is for sure; their presence has fascinated us for centuries and will continue to do so as long as people believe in them.

So if you ever find yourself wondering why there might be something strange lurking around your home, just remember – it could very well be a ghost!

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Around this time of year “ghosts” are everywhere. You can find them at school, on the doorsteps of homes and on the shelves of Wal-Mart. Most of the time, instead of looking scary they are cute and cuddly like Casper the Friendly Ghost, or like the kids showing up at your doorstep, wrapped in a sheet and shouting “boo!”  

But what about ghosts? Are they even real? Can Catholics believe in them?

Well, yes, if you’re talking about spirits, then Catholics most certainly can believe in “ghosts.” For many years the Latin word “spiritus” was translated into English as “ghost” and Catholics would intone, “In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost,” while crossing themselves at prayer. God is pure “spirit” and so using this definition makes perfect sense.

But what about the scary ghosts purported to haunt houses, or those shown on such TV shows as  Ghost Hunters ? Is that stuff real?

The Church approaches stories of ghost sightings with a healthy dose of skepticism. Many can have natural causes. But to understand unexplained phenomena, there are some things to keep in mind.

Holy ghosts

We must return to the traditional definition of “spirit” and look at the  Catechism for guidance. In it we read:

“The existence of the spiritual, non-corporeal beings that Sacred Scripture usually calls ‘angels’ is a truth of faith. The witness of Scripture is as clear as the unanimity of Tradition. As purely  spiritual  creatures angels have intelligence and will: they are personal and immortal creatures, surpassing in perfection all visible creatures, as the splendor of their glory bears witness” ( CCC 328, 330) .

Angels, similar to God, are pure “spirit” and do exist. It is a “truth of faith” and we are obligated to believe in them as Catholics.

Whenever an angel appears to someone in the Bible, the person might be afraid at first, but then the angel speaks and urges them not to be afraid. The angel appears to give a specific message of encouragement and to help a particular person draw closer to God. Their purpose is to lead a soul on the path that God has laid out for them in hopes of ultimately reaching eternal life. Read more: 5 Amazing Facts about Guardian Angels

Also, an angel does not seek to deceive and would not lurk around corners, trying to hide from someone. Their mission is very specific and often they give assistance without our even knowing they are an angel. At times they may take on a human appearance, but the way they look is not meant to scare or frighten, but to help us.

Deceptive demons

On the other hand, while there do exist good angels, there also exists bad angels. Here is what the  Catechism says:

“Satan or the devil and the other demons are fallen angels who have freely refused to serve God and his plan” ( CCC 414 )

“[Satan’s actions] may cause grave injuries — of a spiritual nature and, indirectly, even of a physical nature — to each man and to society” ( CCC 395 ).

This appears to fall into the definition of the ghosts that are featured in paranormal reality shows. R eports of such ghosts always revolve around something that scares an individual.It might be a moving object or a haunted house. Sometimes it is a report of a terrifying figure. Often the person who believes they saw a ghost only catches a glimpse of it but the experience is chilling.  

This tactic is certainly reminiscent of what demons want to do to us: they want to scare us . Demons want to trick us into believing that they are powerful and gain our submission. It is an old tactic. The devil wants to lure us away from God and wants us to have a fascination with the demonic.

In the same way that angels can put on a “costume” so as not to frighten us demons can do the same, except their intentions are much different. Demons can appear as “ghost-like” figures in order to intimidate us.

Odds are very likely that if someone sees a ghost or if they are involved with “ghost-hunting,” what they saw is actually a demon.

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Spirits of the dead

There is one other category of “ghosts” that does not fit the definition of an angel or demon. There have been countless stories throughout the centuries of saints or souls in purgatory who visit people on earth. Saints appear to people to urge them on and give them hope of eternal life and souls in purgatory  typically come to ask for prayers or to thank someone for prayers. The saints have attested through the centuries of seeing souls from purgatory, but these souls always seek the prayers of those they appear to and then thank the saint when they are admitted into Heaven. Souls in purgatory have a purpose behind their appearance and do not seek to scare or intimidate us.

The Church officially does not have anything “written in stone” regarding the souls who appear after death, though stories and the common experience of people appear to confirm this phenomena. It is possible that some ghosts are the spirits of deceased relatives who seek to give us a word of comfort or even warning, but the Church has not said either way whether that could be the case or not.

In the end, the Church would suggest that if you are plagued by ghosts who are trying to haunt and scare you, don’t call the  Ghostbusters . Call your local priest instead. There might be something much more sinister at work that paranormal investigators will have no power over.

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Best Real Ghost Pictures Ever Taken

They say seeing is believing. And while in this day of digital image manipulation that might not be as true as it once was, these photographs are considered by many to be the real deal - photographic evidence of ghosts . Faking ghost photos through double exposure and in-the-lab trickery has been around as long as photography itself; and today, computer graphics programs can easily and convincingly create ghost images. But these photos are generally thought to be untouched, genuine portraits of the unexplained.

The Brown Lady

This portrait of "The Brown Lady" ghost is arguably the most famous and well-regarded ghost photograph ever taken. The ghost is thought to be that of Lady Dorothy Townshend, wife of Charles Townshend, second Viscount of Raynham, residents of Raynham Hall in Norfolk, England in the early 1700s. It was rumored that Dorothy, before her marriage to Charles, had been the mistress of Lord Wharton. Charles suspected Dorothy of infidelity. Although according to legal records she died and was buried in 1726, it was suspected that the funeral was a sham and that Charles had locked his wife away in a remote corner of the house until her death many years later.

Dorothy's ghost is said to haunt the oak staircase and other areas of Raynham Hall. In the early 1800s, King George IV, while staying at Raynham, saw the figure of a woman in a brown dress standing beside his bed. She was seen again standing in the hall in 1835 by Colonel Loftus, who was visiting for the Christmas holidays. He saw her again a week later and described her as wearing a brown satin dress, her skin glowing with a pale luminescence. It also seemed to him that her eyes had been gouged out. A few years later, Captain Frederick Marryat and two friends saw "the Brown Lady" gliding along an upstairs hallway, carrying a lantern. As she passed, Marryat said, she grinned at the men in a "diabolical manner." Marryat fired a pistol at the apparition, but the bullet simply passed through.

This famous photo was taken in September 1936 by Captain Provand and Indre Shira, two photographers who were assigned to photograph Raynham Hall for Country Life magazine. This is what happened, according to Shira:

"Captain Provand took one photograph while I flashed the light. He was focusing for another exposure; I was standing by his side just behind the camera with the flashlight pistol in my hand, looking directly up the staircase. All at once I detected an ethereal veiled form coming slowly down the stairs. Rather excitedly, I called out sharply: 'Quick, quick, there's something.' I pressed the trigger of the flashlight pistol. After the flash and on closing the shutter, Captain Provand removed the focusing cloth from his head and turning to me said: 'What's all the excitement about?'"

Upon developing the film, the image of The Brown Lady ghost was seen for the first time. It was published in the Dec. 16, 1936 issue of Country Life. The ghost has been seen occasionally since.

Lord Combermere

This photograph of the Combermere Abbey library was taken in 1891 by Sybell Corbet. The figure of a man can faintly be seen sitting in the chair to the left. His head, collar and right arm on the armrest are clearly discernable. It is believed to be the ghost of Lord Combermere.

Lord Combermere was a British cavalry commander in the early 1800s who distinguished himself in several military campaigns. Combermere Abbey, located in Cheshire, England , was founded by Benedictine monks in 1133. In 1540, King Henry VII kicked out the Benedictines, and the Abbey later became the Seat of Sir George Cotton KT, Vice-Chamberlain to the household of Prince Edward, son of Henry VIII. In 1814, Sir Stapleton Cotton, a descendant of Sir George, took the title "Lord Combermere" and in 1817 became the Governor of Barbados. Today the Abbey is a tourist attraction and hotel.

Lord Combermere died in 1891, having been struck and killed by a horse-drawn carriage. At the time Sybell Corbet took the above photo, Combermere's funeral was taking place some four miles away. The photographic exposure, Corbet recorded, took about an hour. It is thought by some that during that time a servant might have come into the room and sat briefly in the chair, creating the transparent image. This idea was refuted by members of the household, however, testifying that all were attending Lord Combermere's funeral.

Freddy Jackson

This intriguing photo, taken in 1919, was first published in 1975 by Sir Victor Goddard , a retired R.A.F. officer. The photo is a group portrait of Goddard's squadron, which had served in World War I at the HMS Daedalus training facility. An extra ghostly face appears in the photo. In back of the airman positioned on the top row, fourth from the left, can clearly be seen the face of another man. It is said to be the face of Freddy Jackson, an air mechanic who had been accidentally killed by an airplane propeller two days earlier. His funeral had taken place on the day this photograph was snapped. Members of the squadron easily recognized the face as Jackson's. It has been suggested that Jackson, unaware of his death, decided to show up for the group photo.

Tulip Staircase Ghost

Rev. Ralph Hardy, a retired clergyman from White Rock, British Columbia, took this now-famous photograph in 1966. He intended merely to photograph the elegant spiral staircase, known as the "Tulip Staircase", in the Queen's House section of the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, England. Upon development, however, the photo revealed a shrouded figure climbing the stairs, seeming to hold the railing with both hands. Experts, including some from Kodak , who examined the original negative concluded that it had not been tampered with. It's been said that unexplained figures have been seen on occasion in the vicinity of the staircase, and unexplained footsteps have also been heard.

This photo isn't the only evidence of ghostly activity at the Queen's House. The 400-year-old building is credited with several other apparitions and phantom footsteps even today. A few years ago, a gallery assistant was discussing a tea break with two colleagues when he saw one of the doors to the bridge room close by itself. At first, he thought it was one of the lecturers.

Other ghostly goings-on include the unexplained choral chanting of children, the figure of a pale woman frantically mopping blood at the bottom of the Tulip Staircase (it's said that 300 years ago a maid was thrown from the highest banister, plunging 50 feet to her death), slamming doors, and even tourists being pinched by unseen fingers.

The Back Seat Ghost

Mrs. Mabel Chinnery was visiting the grave of her mother one day in 1959. She had brought along her camera to take photographs of the gravesite. After snapping a few shots of her mother's gravestone, she took an impromptu photo of her husband, who was waiting alone in the car. At least the Chinnerys thought he was alone.

When the film was developed, the couple was more than surprised to see a figure wearing glasses sitting in the back seat of the car. Mrs. Chinnery immediately recognized the image of her mother – the woman whose grave they had visited on that day. A photographic expert who examined the print determined that the image of the woman was neither a reflection nor a double exposure . 

The Ghost of Boothill Cemetery

Terry Ike Clanton is an actor, recording artist and cowboy poet, and is also a relative of the legendary Clanton Gang who clashed with the Earps and Doc Holliday at the famous gunfight at OK Corral. Clanton took this photo of his friend at Boothill Graveyard . The photo was taken in black and white because he wanted Old West-looking pictures of himself dressed in Clanton's 1880-period clothes. Clanton took the film for developing to the local Thrifty Drug Store, and when he got it back was startled at what he saw. Among the gravestones, just to the right of his friend, is the image of what appears to be a thin man in a dark hat. By height, the man appears to be either legless, kneeling... or rising up out of the ground.

Ghost in the Burning Building

On Nov. 19, 1995, Wem Town Hall in Shropshire, England burned to the ground. Many spectators gathered to watch the old building, built in 1905, as it was being consumed by the flames. Tony O'Rahilly, a local resident, was one of those onlookers and took photos of the spectacle with a 200mm telephoto lens from across the street. One of those photos shows what looks like a small, partially transparent girl standing in the doorway. Nether O'Rahilly nor any of the other onlookers or firefighters recalled seeing the girl there.

O'Rahilly submitted the photo to the Association for the Scientific Study of Anomalous Phenomena which, in turn, presented it for analysis to Dr. Vernon Harrison, a photographic expert and former president of the Royal Photographic Society. Harrison carefully examined both the print and the original negative and concluded that it was genuine. "The negative is a straightforward piece of black-and-white work and shows no sign of having been tampered with," Harrison said.

But who is the little girl? Wem, a quiet market town in northern Shropshire, had been ravaged by fire in the past. In 1677, historical records note, a fire destroyed many of the town's old timber houses. A young girl named Jane Churm, the legends say, accidentally set fire to a thatched roof with a candle. Many believed her ghost haunted the area and had been seen on a few other occasions.

UPDATE:  This photo may have been proved to be a hoax. An  article  in the Shropshire Star presents evidence that the image of the girl in the photo may have been lifted from an old postcard. 

Ghosts of the SS Watertown

James Courtney and Michael Meehan, crew members of the S.S. Watertown , were cleaning a cargo tank of the oil tanker as it sailed toward the Panama Canal from New York City in December of 1924. Through a freak accident, the two men were overcome by gas fumes and killed. As was the custom of the time, the sailors were buried at sea off the Mexican coast on Dec. 4.

But this was not the last the remaining crew members were to see of their unfortunate shipmates. The next day, before dusk, the first mate reported seeing the faces of the two men in the waves off the port side of the ship. They remained in the water for 10 seconds, then faded. For several days thereafter, the phantom-like faces of the sailors were clearly seen by other members of the crew in the water following the ship.

On arrival in New Orleans , the ship's captain, Keith Tracy, reported the strange events to his employers, the Cities Service Company, who suggested he try to photograph the eerie faces. Captain Tracy purchased a camera for the continuing voyage. When the faces again appeared in the water, Captain Tracy took six photos, then locked the camera and film in the ship's safe. When the film was processed by a commercial developer in New York, five of the exposures showed nothing but sea foam. But the sixth showed the ghostly faces of the doomed seamen. The negative was checked for fakery by the Burns Detective Agency. After the ship's crew had been changed, there were no more reports of sightings.

UPDATE:  This photo may have been proved to be a hoax. Blake Smith has written an in-depth analysis and investigation of the photo for  ForteanTimes .

Madonna of Bachelor's Grove

This photo was taken during an investigation of Bachelor's Grove cemetery near Chicago by the Ghost Research Society (GRS) . On August 10, 1991, several members of the GRS were at the cemetery, a small, abandoned graveyard on the edge of the Rubio Woods Forest Preserve, near the suburb of Midlothian, Illinois. Reputed to be one of the most haunted cemeteries in the U.S., Bachelor's Grove has been the site of well over 100 different reports of strange phenomena, including apparitions, unexplained sights and sounds, and even glowing balls of light.

GRS member Mari Huff was taking black and white photos with a high-speed infrared camera in an area where the group had experienced some anomalies with their ghost-hunting equipment. The cemetery was empty, except for the GRS members. When developed, this image emerged: what looks like a lonely-looking young woman dressed in white sitting on a tombstone. Parts of her body are partially transparent and the style of the dress seems to be out of date.

Other ghosts reportedly seen in Bachelor's Grove include figures in monks' clothes and the spirit of a glowing yellow man.

Railroad Crossing Ghost

A strange legend surrounds a railroad crossing just south of San Antonio, Texas. The intersection of roadway and railroad track, so the story goes, was the site of a tragic accident in which several school-aged children were killed - but their ghosts linger at the spot and will push idled cars across the tracks, even though the path is uphill.

The story may be just the stuff of urban legend, but the accounts were intriguing enough that an article about the phenomenon, ​" The Haunted Railroad Crossing ," was written. The article included a photograph submitted by Andy and Debi Chesney. Their daughter and some of her friends had recently been to the crossing to test the legend, and she took some photographs. Inexplicably, a strange, transparent figure turned up in one of the photos. "They had no idea that it was in the picture until the next day when I printed out the picture and showed them," said the Chesneys. "It was really freaky. It appears to be a little girl carrying a teddy bear."

Other readers who have viewed the photo think it shows a little girl with a dog sitting at her feet. What do you think?

Specter of Newby Church

This photograph was taken in 1963 by Reverend K. F. Lord at Newby Church in North Yorkshire, England. It has been a controversial photo because it is just too good. The shrouded face and the way it is looking directly into the camera makes it look like it was posed – a clever double exposure. Yet supposedly the photo has been scrutinized by photo experts who say the image is not the result of a double exposure.

The Reverend Lord has said of the photo that nothing was visible to the naked eye when he took the snapshot of his altar. Yet when the film was developed, standing there was this strange cowled figure.

The Newby Church was built in 1870 and, as far as anyone knows, did not have a history of ghosts, hauntings or other peculiar phenomena. Those why have carefully analyzed the proportions of the objects in the photo calculated that the specter is about nine feet tall!

Ghost of the Seven Gables

While touring the historic House of the Seven Gables in Salem, Massachusetts – the birthplace of American author Nathaniel Hawthorne – Lisa B. snapped this remarkable photo. The ghostly image of a small boy seems to be in the shrubbery, peering over the wooden fence.

The most amazing part of the story of this photograph is that she subsequently did some research about Hawthorne and the house. While looking through a library, she came across one of Hawthorne's books, " Twenty Days with Julian & Little Bunny " by Papa. On the cover of that book is a portrait of Hawthorne's five-year-old son, Julian. And as you'll see by clicking on the photo at left, the portrait of little Julian bears a striking resemblance to the ghost in Lisa's photograph.

Ghost in the Choir Loft

In 1982, photographer Chris Brackley took a photograph of the interior of London 's St. Botolph's Church but never expected what would appear on the film. High in the church's loft, seen in the upper right-hand corner of his photograph, is the transparent form of what looks like a woman. According to Brackley, to his knowledge, there were only three people in the church at the time the photo was taken, and none of them were in that loft.

Robert A Ferguson

This photo was taken on Nov. 16, 1968, when Robert A. Ferguson, author of " Psychic Telemetry: New Key to Health, Wealth, and Perfect Living ," was giving a speech at a Spiritualist convention in Los Angeles, California. Faintly appearing next to Ferguson is a figure that he later identified as his brother, Walter, who died in 1944 during World War II . At first glance, this might seem to be a double exposure or some kind of darkroom trickery, but this photo is a Polaroid (one of several taken of Ferguson at the time), making any kind of hoaxing quite unlikely.

Vacation Party Ghost

These two photos were taken in 1988 at the Hotel Vierjahreszeiten in Maurach, Austria . Several vacationers gathered for a farewell party at the hotel and decided to take a group photo. One of the party, Mr. Todd, set up his Canon film camera on a nearby table and pointed it at the group. The table is the white band at the bottom of the photos. He set the self-timer on the camera and hurried back to the table. The shutter clicked and the film wound forward, but the flash did not fire. So Todd set the camera for a second shot. This time the flash fired.

The film was later developed, and it wasn't until one of the party members was viewing the photos that it was noticed that the first (non-flash) photo showed a somewhat blurry extra head! No one recognized the ghostly woman, and they could not imagine how her image appeared in the picture. Besides being a bit out of focus, the woman's head is also too large compared to the other vacationers, unless she is sitting closer to the camera, which would put her in the middle of the table.

The photo was examined by the Royal Photographic Society, the photographic department of Leicester University, and the Society for Psychical Research, all of which ruled out a double exposure as the cause.

Godfather's Pizza Ghost

Several unnerving instances of ghost and poltergeist activity were reported by the management, staff, and customers of the Godfather's Pizza restaurant in Ogden, Utah in 1999-2000, prompting an investigation by Utah Paranormal Exploration and Research (UPER) . Phenomena included:

  • The sighting of several spirits, including those of a man, a woman, and two boys
  • A jukebox that played by itself, even when unplugged
  • A tile floor that inexplicably bulged up as high as ten inches then leveled itself; a later examination showed nothing out of the ordinary beneath the tile and the concrete was intact
  • As many as 40 fluorescent light tubes flew out of their boxes and smashed on the floor
  • Mysterious whistling was heard from the kitchen several times.

UPER's investigation found that the restaurant might have been built upon a very old pauper's field—a cemetery for the poor. It also resulted in this photo, taken by Merry Barrentine, UPER's general manager, in 2000. This misty apparition was actually seen with the naked eye for a few seconds as it materialized in the middle of the room.

Ghostly Grip

This interesting photo was taken sometime around the year 2000 in Manilla, Republic of the Philippines. According to The Ghost Research Society , two girlfriends were out for a walk one warm night. One of them entreated a passing stranger to photograph them using her cell phone's camera (hence the low-resolution picture). The result is shown here, with a transparent figure seeming to tug on the girl's arm with a firm if friendly grip.

Without further information on this photo, we have to admit that the ghost could have been added with image processing software. But if it's genuine and untouched, it certainly qualifies as one of the best ghost photos.

Haunted Bureau

This early 20th Century photo of a beautiful Queen Anne style bureau was taken at the request of a furniture dealer by Montague Cooper, a well-known and respected photographer of the day. Cooper was at a loss, however, to explain the transparent hand that appears to rest near the top of the bureau. Is it the ghost of a previous owner who was reluctant to let it go?

Cemetery Ghost Baby

A woman named Mrs. Andrews was visiting the grave of her daughter in a cemetery in Queensland, Australia in 1946 or 1947. Her daughter Joyce had died about a year earlier, in 1945, at the age of 17. Mrs. Andrews saw nothing unusual when she took this photo of Joyce's gravemarker.

When the film was developed, Mrs. Andrews was astonished to see the image of a small child sitting happily at her daughter's grave. The ghost child seem s to be aware of Mrs. Andrews since he or she is looking directly into the camera.

Is it possibly a double exposure? Mrs. Andrews said there were no such children nearby when she took the photograph and, moreover, did not recognize the child at all – it was no one she would have taken a picture of. She remarked that she did not believe it was the ghost of her daughter as a child.

Investigating this case, Australian paranormal researcher Tony Healy visited the cemetery in the late 1990s. Near Joyce's grave he found the graves of two infant girls.

Decebal Hotel Ghost

Authorities have warned people to stay away from the Decebal Hotel because construction was taking place on the 150-year-old building. What they didn't warn people about was the ghost. The spirit of a tall woman in a long white frock has long been reported at the spa. The hotel in Romania is rumored to hide ancient Roman treasure, and the ghost, it is said, appears to protect it from treasure hunters.

Only anecdotal evidence for this ghost existed until 2008 when 33-year-old Victoria Iovan snapped this photograph, which indeed seems to show the ghostly image of a tall figure in long white garb.

"I photographed my boyfriend in the hotel," said Iovan. "Back home I was shocked to see another woman's shadow in the picture. She looked like a priestess in long white clothes."

Coventry Spectre

On Jan. 22, 1985, the Coventry Freeman organization were having a dinner event at St. Mary's Guildhall in Coventry, U.K. Everyone in the group had her or his head bowed in prayer when this photo was taken, including a towering, mysterious figure standing top left. The strange cowled spectre appears to be wearing clothing much like a monk  frock from another time. Lord Mayor Walter Brandish, who was present at the dinner, said there was no one at the event who was dressed like that, and he could not explain the presence of the interloper in the photo.

St. Mary's Guildhall dates back to the 14th century and served as a prison for Mary, Queen of Scots.

The Watcher

This photo was taken at Corroboree Rock at Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia in 1959. What does not seem to be a trick of light and shadow is a human form, semi-transparent, wearing what looks like a long white dress or gown. More curious, the figure seems to be holding something in the manner that a person holds a camera or binoculars.

One possibility is that this is a double exposure of a living person. In 1959, this image would have been captured on film.

If it is not a double exposure and this is a spirit captured on film, then a number of questions arise: What is the entity looking and why? Do they have cameras and binoculars in the afterlife? Or is this an instance of a time slip in which the camera has recorded a scene from a different time?

It has even been speculated that this figure might actually be a time traveler or interdimensional being , who has been photographed in the act of watching us!

The Phantom Pilot

Mrs. Sayer and some friends were visiting the Fleet Air Arm Station at Yeovilton, Somerset, England in 1987 when this photo was taken. They thought it would be cute to take a picture of her sitting in the seat of a retired helicopter. No one, Mrs. Sayer insists, was sitting next to her in the pilot's seat... although a figure in a white shirt can clearly be seen sitting there. She told an investigator with the Society for Psychical Research that she remembered feeling rather cold sitting in that seat, even though it was a hot day. Other pictures taken at the same time did not come out.

Worth noting is that the helicopter was used in the Falklands War, but there is no information as to whether or not a pilot died in that aircraft.

This amazing photo was taken by photographer and graphic designer Neil Sandbach in 2008. Neil was photographing some scenic shots at a farm Hertfordshire, England, as part of a project for wedding stationery; the couple planned to have their wedding ceremony held there.

Later, Neil was astonished when he examined the digital photo on his computer. There, as if peeking around a corner at him, is a ghostly, white, almost glowing figure of what looks like a child. Neil says he is quite sure there was no one there at the time.

There is further corroboration that this is a true ghost photo. Neil had shown the couple the anomalous photo, and before the wedding they asked the staff at the farm if they had ever had any spooky experiences there. They did not mention Neil's photo. Indeed, they admitted that the figure of a young boy, dressed in white night clothes, had been seen on several occasions around the barn.

Apparently, this is the ghost that Neil photographed.

The Pink Lady of Greencastle picture

These photos were taken by Guy Winters when he and friend were investigating the O'Hare mansion in Greencastle, Indiana. They were told about the old abandoned house by another friend who said he and his girlfriend were scared away from it by some ghostly entity. So with the permission of the owner, Guy and Terry went to explore the property. Armed with video and film cameras, the team spent a couple of days, in both daylight and at night, looking for evidence of possible haunting activity.

The above photos are the remarkable result of a picture Guy took of one of the upstairs windows. The image of a vaporous pink ghostly woman is rather clear. Guy did not see the figure at the time he snapped the photo but saw it only after the film was developed. An analysis of the film determined that the image is present on the film's negative. The bottom right photo is a digital enhancement, which reveals a skull-like appearance for the ghost's face.

Several other anomalies and paranormal activity were experienced thereby Winter's team.

White Lady of Worstead Church

In 1975, Diane and Peter Berthelot along with their 12-year-old son visited the Worstead Church in north Norfolk, U.K. Peter took a photo of his wife sitting and praying on one of the church benches, and when they reviewed the developed photos some months later, a friend of Mrs. Berthelot asked, "Who's that sitting behind you, Di?"

The figure in the photo Mrs. Berthelot appears to be wearing light-colored, old-fashioned clothes and a bonnet.

The Berthelots returned to Worstead Church the next summer with the photo and showed it to Reverend Pettit, the church vicar. He explained to Diane the legend of the White Lady , of whom she had never heard. It is said that the ghost is a healer who appears when someone near is in need of healing. When she visited the church at the time of the photo, Diane was in ill health and was taking antibiotics.

Reports of the ghost date back well over 100 years. According to one story, on Christmas Eve of 1830, a man boasted a challenge to the White Lady. He said he would climb to the top of the church's belfry and kiss her if she would appear. So up he went. When he failed to reappear after a time, however, friends went to search for him. They found him in the belfry, cowering in a corner, terrified. "I've seen her," he told them, "I've seen her...." And then he died.

For a time, Mrs. Berthelot said she felt a calming tingling sensation whenever she looked at the photo, but that feeling has since subsided. Today, the church has been remodeled into a pub.

Electric Chair Ghost

Engineer Fred Leuchter was hired by the state of Tennessee to evaluate, modify and update its electric chair, which is used for executions. The heavy oak chair was made from the wood that was once a part of the state's old gallows.

Leuchter offered his services to modify the old equipment to make the chair both more effective and more humane. The state of Tennessee sent the chair to Leuchter's home, where he intended to work on it in his basement workshop. He took several photos of the chair before he started work to document his progress. This is one of the photos.

When the photo was developed, Leuchter noticed several anomalies. Apart from the orb-like shapes, a few ghostly images can be seen.

The orbs can most likely be attributed to the overhead light source reflecting on the camera lens. And the "face" on the back of the chair (enlarged on the top of the photo above) could just be interesting pareidolia.

A little harder to explain, perhaps, is the ghostly hand image at the end of the right-hand armrest of the chair (enlarged on the bottom of the photo above). This, too, could be pareidolia, but its resemblance to a limp hand exactly in the place where an executed man's hand would be is striking.

Could it be the ghost of an executed man?

Leuchter points out that the chair and its occupants were subjected to strong electromagnetic forces. Could they have imprinted it with these haunting images?

Sefton Church Ghost

Sefton Church is an ancient structure (started in the 12th century and finished in the early 16th century) in Merseyside, England, just north of Liverpool. This particular photograph was taken inside the church in September 1999.

According to Brad Steiger's " Real Ghosts, Restless Spirits and Haunted Places ," where this photo was found, there was only one other photographer in the church beside the person who took this picture. Neither of them recalled seeing the ghost or any flesh-and-blood person standing there who could account for this image. Because the figure is all in black, it has been theorized that the apparition could be that of a church minister.

Reader Mark Tomlinson reports that a pub next door to the church, called the Punch Bowl, is said to be haunted by the ghost of a man in blue nautical garb, which has been reported there for many years.

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Wonder of the Day #1317

Are Ghosts Real?

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  • Are ghosts real?
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  • Is there any scientific evidence of ghosts?
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Today’s Wonder of the Day was inspired by Leigh Ann from MN. Leigh Ann Wonders , “ Do ghosts exist? ” Thanks for WONDERing with us, Leigh Ann!

Each year as Halloween approaches, familiar creatures and characters creep their way out of the deep, dark crevices where they've been hiding all year long. If you look around, it won't be long until you see a pale apparition trying to put a good scare into you. What are we talking about? Ghosts, of course!

Ghosts can run the gamut from friendly ghosts, like Casper, to seriously sinister ghouls that want to haunt your dreams. But they're just figments of your imagination , right? Ghosts aren't real, are they?

Ghosts have been around for a long, long time. From the Bible to Shakespeare's Macbeth , you'll find ghosts mentioned in thousands upon thousands of stories. They're so prevalent that they actually have their own genre : the ever-popular ghost story .

It's only natural to WONDER about what happens when someone dies . Does any part of that person live on? Could the spirit hang around this world and interact with the living? Who wouldn't want to believe that a loved one might remain close by, looking over the living?

Many people believe ghosts are indeed real. Experts believe ghosts are the most common paranormal belief in the world. Some experts estimate that as many as one-half of all Americans believe in ghosts. Researchers point to the presence of over 2,000 amateur ghost -hunting groups in the United States as further proof of the popularity of ghosts in American culture.

Why do so many people believe in ghosts? One reason is that many people claim to have personal experiences with ghosts. You don't have to look far to find people who believe that, at one time or another, they've felt the presence of a ghost .

Do any of these paranormal experiences have any solid basis in scientific fact, though? That's where the difficulty in evaluating the reality of ghosts comes in. It becomes very hard to discredit personal experiences. Moreover, there is no clear definition of what most people agree a ghost is. Are they mental? Spiritual? Physical? A mixture of these?

Ghost hunters usually try to use a variety of technological scientific equipment to detect the presence of ghosts. Typical equipment might include Geiger counters, Electromagnetic Field (EMF) detectors, ion detectors, infrared cameras , and super-sensitive microphones.

Despite the use of such equipment, there are still no scientifically-verified cases of ghost detection. Of course, many ghost hunters would claim that this makes sense, since we can't expect the tools of this world to detect ghosts from the spirit world.

In the end, it's up to you to determine whether you believe ghosts are real. There's no scientific evidence for ghosts. Is this because ghosts don't exist? Or do we simply not have the technology to detect them?

Wonder What's Next?

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Boo! We hope today's spooky Wonder of the Day didn't scare you off. If you're not too scared already, check out the following activities with a friend or family member:

  • Could a library be haunted? Some believe that the Willard Library in Evansville, Indiana, is haunted by a ghost known as the Grey Lady. Jump online to check out t his site to learn more about the Willard Library and the Grey Lady . You can read more about their history and even become a ghost hunter yourself by checking out the webcams that show live shots around the library. Take a look. Can you spot the Grey Lady?
  • Do you believe in ghosts? Why or why not? Write down some of your thoughts about ghosts, including any personal experiences you may have had with paranormal phenomena. Share your thoughts with a friend. Can you convince your friend that ghosts do or do not exist? How might you go about proving your beliefs? Think of some ideas and give a few a try if you have the courage!
  • Up for a challenge? Take a deeper look at possible reasons why some people claim to experience paranormal phenomena. Jump online and read through 10 Scientific Explanations for Ghostly Phenomena . What do you think? Do these scientific explanations make sense to you? Share what you learn with a friend or family member. What do they think? Do they believe in ghosts?

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  • http://www.livescience.com/26697-are-ghosts-real.html
  • http://news.discovery.com/human/psychology/real-paranormal-activity-111021.htm

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We're so glad you liked it Caroline! Thanks for WONDERing with us. 

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Hey Riley, we really can't say what was happening in your living room. Unless your dad/other family member wears black suits and stands in the living room at 2 am??

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caleb#cDOG#

cool man! what it called?

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Ghots are real but we need ghotsbusters

Who you gonna call? ?

We're gonna call ghostbusters.

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Sylvar Fisher

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So there are residual hauntings which are ghost who you can't interact with there just like hologram retracing steps from their lives, and then there are intelligent hauntings and they are ghosts that you can interact with and are friendly and usually just want your attention, and last but surely not least there are poltergeists and they are evil ghosts that try to get you out of there area, scratch you, growl at you, and can be summoned by Ouija boards and those are they types of ghosts I know about (smart for a little kid, aye.).

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ryan hechter

That's a bit creepy, ryan! It's okay to not go to sleepovers. 

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Try and get help from investigators to see if they are attached to you

Thanks for sharing Lyla!

Spooky, Lyla! Thanks for sharing! 

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Ever heard of Ghost Adventures?

We haven't, David. Tell us more!

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I think ghosts are real but many think it is just because I am a kid

That's okay, patience. You're allowed to have an opinion! 

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Great thoughts, chase. Thanks for stopping by.

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Robert Lombardo

Sweet dreams! 

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Yikes! We bet that would be scary! 

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Hi Bilal! Great thought process. Thanks for sharing.

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ileana (Albright Ms)

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That's legit, Oscar! Thanks for sharing. 

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Valeria (Albright MS)

Hi Valeria! Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Scary movies can be super creepy or unsettling.

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Apple Pie Box

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She is trying to tell you something

We wonder what she's trying to say! 

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maybe it is saying there is a tornado of plates coming.

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We don't know.

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Creeeeeepy.

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? What did you do? Just reading that makes the hair on the back of our necks stand up!

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I have never seen a ghost before but, I believe in them. love to read stories about ghosts, too! So tysm to Wonderopolis!

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I believe in ghosts and I have met one but wish I hadn't

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It could of been a pet or a robber

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no but I did hear some one behind me i thought it was my dog or sister i went to see if they are pranking me something hit me i woke up but it wasn't a dream

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And a ghost is not necessarily bad, some just feel they can't cross over into heaven because of reasons like they fell that they weren't ready to die when they died. In fact, sometimes they need the help of angels to find the light they need to cross over. I am not trying to correct you, and i'm not a paranormal expert at all, i'm just interested in the paranormal and just wanted to share my thought. (:

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Holly Whitten

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That is very creepy! ?

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I believe in them too, my 5 year nephew sees other people in his house ,but his parent cant, here is some dialog, that I have heard. "Mom don't change the channel" "Why?" "The girls on the couch are watching" "Where?!?!" "on the couch" "There is nobody there"

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Wow! That is really scary! Thanks for sharing your connection to this Wonder. 

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Thanks for sharing, Lila! Do you think ghosts are real?

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Thanks for sharing, Andrew! Do you ever read or listen to ghost stories?  You may find  Wonder 284: What's Your Favorite Ghost Story?  interesting!

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Hello it's been a long time since I've seen those ghosts.

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Hey I have some noise recording of a ghost is there any chance I could send it to you it won't let me any other way

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Wow, Tony - you really have a lot to share about this topic!  We are trying to keep up with you but it sounds like you may want to learn even more about ghosts.  Thanks for wondering with us!

Thanks for sharing, Ghost boy! And WELCOME to Wonderopolis! We're so glad that you're WONDERing with us!

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wonderopolis is so amazing omg thx for creating this site!!!!!!!

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Hello I was in woods camping and I herd footsteps at first I thought it was a animal but I got out and there was no animal I still herd steps right next to me. I was walking back to my tent and I felt something grab my shoulder and it clawed me I turned around and it was a girl she shrieked and vanished. Please respond back I need answers

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Why will you not respond

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Hello wonderopolis i was wandering if you have encountered a ghost ive not seen anyone ask you that and im just curious. I have encountered a few ghost a little girl crying and at night she stands over me and I have had a ghost throw bottle of soap at me

Hi, Tony! Our Wonder Team hasn't encountered any ghosts, but it sounds like you have had some scary experiences!

Hello I have encountered with 2 ghost a little girl crying she has gone to everyone of the houses I've moved to. I and my sister discovered her when I was 7 and the second I was at my grandmas and grandpa house and I was in the shower I turned it off and a botle of soap was thrown at me

That's really scary, Tony! ?

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That sounds really scary, Zac!

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i love this app so much!

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A Person That is Paranoid

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a few years back when I was playing with my little little sister me and her heard a little girl crying when we follow the noise we found a little girl standing in the middle of our room and when we walked up to her she vanished way and I'm at 11 now and we moved about 2 times since then and we still see her walking around my little sister says she seen another ghost walking around our house she said it was a little boy and he was boy and he was about 3 and he was laughing I believed her but I never seen it I just believe her cuz I've seen the little girl ghost and I've seen a little girl standing next to my bed at night and I try to ignore it but it's really creepy 6

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? Yikes! We would be creeped out, too!!

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Thanks for sharing, Evan!

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Omg that is so creepy! o:

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Wow!!! ? Thanks for sharing, Kadence!

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Some Paranormal Nerd

Wow! Thanks for sharing!!

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? Yikes!! Thanks for sharing your experiences with us, KatD! 

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the cats of mystery

Very interesting stuff!  Although it IS a little spooky...

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I almost got killed by a ghost, when he lead my to almost fall out my window.

? We hope your friend is OK, turtels!

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the shadows shall consume your soul mer mortal la la la la la la

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Maisie,Mila

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Yes there real I saw a shadow

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GHOST BELIEVER

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? Oh, you scared us there for a minute!

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Ghost lover 101

True.  Some ghosts are kind of adorable, like the ghosts in the original Super Mario World.

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I honestly don't believe in ghosts. My friends do, though, and they like to argue with me about it. It's a really scary thought that ghosts are real. I'm really anxious to ask this: ARE GHOSTS REAL OR NOT?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

We've done our best to begin exploring that question in this Wonder, but we will leave it up to you to weigh the evidence and decide for yourself.  Thanks for WONDERing, Lillie!

Spooky!  Thanks for sharing, Wonder Friend!

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We will leave that up to you to decide.  We have presented some background information and if you are still curious, we encourage you to keep WONDERing!

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Howard Vang

Well, no one really knows for sure, Howard.  There are many different ideas about what happens after death, depending on what religion you follow.  We hope you continue to explore this topic!

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Colby(Ms mortons student)

? Yeah, that is a little strange!  Spooky, too.  Thanks for sharing, Colby!

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I have ghost obsever

Interesting!  What is that?

?Sounds terrifying!  Thanks for sharing your connection, Christine!

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Pretty scary!

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?  Or ??

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I love wonderpols

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Hi Maisy!  Thanks for sharing your connection to this Wonder.  There certainly is some spooky stuff out there, although just because it's on a TV show doesn't necessarily mean it's real (even if it's a "reality show").

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We are always glad to hear from you, Yoyo!  Stay safe out there.

Demons are real.

Sounds pretty spooky, Yoyo!  We think we're going to sleep with the lights on tonight, just in case. ?

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Calm down, take the caps lock button off, and take a breath, Yoyo. Whew - feel better? Maybe it isn't a ghost but a little critter in your house? Or it could be a younger sibling? Do a little (safe) detective work and let us know what you find out. Good luck!

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Maybe it's time to put in a call to the Ghostbusters? That's super creepy, Cam! Be safe.

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? Like those? That does sound scary. Be careful out there, Cam!

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Hey, Bill! Are you sure it was a ghost? It could have also been a monster. Just kidding! More than likely, that's just our imagination getting carried away. Thanks for sharing!

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ghost are not real get over yourselves

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I never believed in ghosts, that is until I saw them and it's terrifying. Sermon is believing as they say, just because you've yet to see or experience something doesn't mean it's not real and there

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XX_DatMlgDoge_XX

Whew! Close one, DatMlgDoge. Stay safe out there!

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Nightmare nightcore

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If we ever see a ghost, we will tell it to look for you, Nightmare nightcore! We ain't afraid of no ghosts! Actually, maybe just a little...

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Nightcore girl

In my room every night I always see something like a figure but I don't know what it is please help me find out???????

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It's a gost dons be scared it's just you family that died I'm only 9 yares old and I know don't be scared ????????????????

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Carl Grimes

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there scary

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i wish i saw a ghost

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chrissy robinsin

i see ghost in my dreams

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I don't think that's true, I've read a lot of ghost stories and none of them had said that. But, interesting!

Thank you for commenting, Sophie! It's good to be skeptical of claims made and to do your own research to determine if they are true. Good job! Wonder #571 explores this idea!

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Kim LouisCharles

ghosts are not real you im do love ghosts

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Thank you for sharing your belief, Carl.

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george olson

We're glad you visited Wonderopolis, george. A ghost is believed by some people to be an image of a deceased person that appears to the living.

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things similar happened to me Tony I was taking a shower and I turned it off and I had a jar soap to get thrown at me and nobody was in the bathroom it's scared me really bad

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I'm so sorry :3

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hi i belive in ghosr

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Well I never seen a ghost but my grandma did when she had her son but i feel there is a dark present always by my door and always feel like something I can't see touching me everyday what does this mean ???### plz answer those questions about 3 of them thanks have a good day

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Hmmm, that's interesting, Raiden! We WONDER if maybe you were sleepwalking and got them! Hop over to Wonder #1352 to explore why we sleepwalk!

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redxgaming24

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We're really sorry that you're dad passed away, jovanni. We know that must be tough to deal with. We hope you'll talk with a close friend or family member about your loss.

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my dad died today and it was night time i see a ghosts it was my dad in my room=(

Thanks for sharing your experience with us, maggie! That is strange!

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We're sorry for your loss, zac. Thank you for sharing your experience with us.

and it was a girl ghosts.

ghosts are zac if you played quoija board because i was playing that something move in livingroom. i put quoija board in my box. and ghosts got.

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Joe Cambell

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I think ghosts are real

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i dont like wonderopolis

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Katelyn (Mrs Murphys Class)

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Marli (Mrs. Murphy's Class)

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im sure there is a logical reason for that, like for example a door may slam shut shut due to a increase in cross breeze.

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Doug porter

ghosts are real. real dum! BOOOOOOM!

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Ryan Jamieson

Ghosts, eh I personally think they are real in a way. Not scary, though.

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you may just be picturing them they may be real though

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There just spirets ! Have you ever seen a ghost.

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It's difficult to say, Rin! Scientists haven't come to definitive conclusions -- perhaps someday we'll know one way or another!

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Once I saw a ghost man with a bullet going right through his chest then I saw this woman also with a bullet through her Chest standing right in front of me then one second later she turned in to dust. This happens not that long ago about a month

That must have been a terrifying experience, Ghost!! ?

So it could be possible they are real? Aren't ghosts just like people who come back from the dead? Huh.

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some random ghost

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emma muszynski

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BoatyMcBoatson

Ghostsaren'treal.

GHOSTS ARE NOT REAL PEOPLE!!!!!!!!!

sorry for your dead turtle

my turtle didnt actually die...

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no I have none

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RABIE BABIE 654776544

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JACKYIECHAN

hello izzay :p XD :] ;]

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REPLY TO WONDEROPOLIS:I DID NOT HAVE ENOUGH TIME TO FINISH MY COMMENT

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landon stout

That's neat, landon! Let us know what you find out!

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Layton Smith

I believe they are real!

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Me and my partner ( in our ghost team ) were thinking about going to a haunted forest or house!

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That's interesting, Cadence! Thank you for adding your comment. :)

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Right on!!!!

I completely agree! I think that ghost aren't ghosts their spirts and that their pretty cool. And that there are evil spirts but they are just locked away. And the good ones are here to try and help us live longer

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haleigh lynn cernich

Clara walling craig walling ha....

I am so afraid of ghosts

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I'm not scared of ghosts can you see them

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I am going through some hard times could you suggest a wonder to me?

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Haleigh Cerich

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maxiiiiiiiiiiii

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five nights at freddys is real and its at my house. every night i hear foxy,freddy,chica,and bonnie.

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I saw the Freddy faz bear place

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Fnaf is real cause. IT'S ME

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ITS ME i have good news : it was photo shopped :

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Casacacalqc

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Thanks for sharing your experience, Keith. When you're feeling scared, we hope you'll tell an adult. They can help you feel better.

Bonnie the bunny

I watch ghost adventures

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Bonnie the bunny is my second account am only using Rainbows now

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THIS IS RAINBOWS a THIS IS PATRICK PARODY

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Quinne the unicorn

It does sound pretty spooky, doesn't it, landon?!

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this morning i felt a pain in my back and looked in the mirror. someone had taken a knife and scratched it all the way down my back. i went back in my room and my pocket knife was floating.

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I was in my room and my shadow Freddy plush moved in to my brothers hand

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Yes Freddy fazbear but it's his shadow from 5 nights at Freddy's 2 I have the plush version of Freddy & shadow Freddy

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well have you heard a kid being touched by a ghost ??

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My grandmas ashes are in my room and in the bathroom i heard tapping and the faucet turnes on randomly. I'm so scared.??? my cat got smashed by a door. No one was in the room ??????

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No they can hunt people and say if they hunt you

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footsteps......

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I have this one spot in my house right outside of my door. no matter what, it is always cold there! Also I keep hearing weird sounds. Can anyone help or relate? Thanks, gravityfallsgirl22

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are ghost real yes or no please talk to me

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This is so true

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Honestly, i dont think ghosts ARE real but i do think there is such thing as a soul:)

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JELLYBEANZ R REEL WHAT ARE THOOOOSE

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I am scared of ghosts because i think there going to kill me

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Many people believe ghosts are real, Matthew. Do you think you could capture evidence of ghosts to convince others?

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why dont you

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Could you tell me how you've felt their presence?

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That's a good question, Brody, but it's one that we can't answer because we aren't sure. However, we did a little extra digging, and found that some paranormal investigators believe that the presence of ghosts drains an area of warmth and energy, creating "cold spots." Do you believe this could be true? :)

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I have had experience so they are.

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If ghosts are mental, spiritual, and physical, then why hasn't anyone had REAL proof ? This does not mean I don't think supernatural things aren't real but seriously, wheres the proof ?

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yea connor there's no scientific proof of god but do you believe in him?? probably

If God isn't real, then who created the world?

thats so true and ghoasts and basically spirits but in my eyes they are good spirits (angels).

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There are lots of ghosts on TV, Adam, but that doesn't prove ghosts are real. A lot of TV shows and movies use special effects to make incredible--even impossible--things seem like they're really happening. Sometimes it's hard to tell what's real and what's just "movie magic."

ghost are real i have seen one and i called a ghost haunting group and they found the ghost and the ghost told the to die and it was in my house we had to move because of that

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my friends say that some people come alive as other people is that true!?

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The prevalence of the belief in ghosts gave rise to what genre of literature?

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Which of the following is NOT an example of a scientific tool used by some ghost hunters?

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If about 320 million people live in the United States, about how many do some experts estimate believe in ghosts?

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Types Of Ghosts

The Different Types Of Ghosts That Could Be Haunting You

January Nelson

Types Of Ghosts :

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Type:   The Poltergeist

Description:  Poltergeists are ‘noisy ghosts.’ They have the ability to manipulate the physical environment. They can open windows and drawers. They can move chairs and push books off shelves. They can turn on bathtubs and turn off lights. They can slam doors and even start fires.

Poltergeist activity usually starts off mildly, causing occurrences that people mistake as coincidences. However, as time passes, the activity will intensify. Sometimes the poltergeist will leave on its own, but other times it will end with deadly consequences.

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Type: The Interactive Personality

Description:  These are the most common ghosts. They are loved ones who are returning to bring you comfort or to convey important information they believe you should know. These ghosts can emit a scent like perfume or cigarette smoke in order to help you sense their presence. They can also make noises and might even speak to you.

Interactive personalities retain the same personality that they had when they were alive and can still experience emotions. These ghosts are friendly and return because they know you need to see them again, they know you need their help.

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Description:  Orbs are the most common type of photographic evidence to support the existence of ghosts. They are either blue or white translucent balls of light that appear hovering over the ground in pictures.

Orbs are the soul of a human or animal that is traveling from one place to another. They appear as circles because they shape makes it easier for them to get around. However, the longer they exist in our world, the easier they can transform into a full-bodies apparition.

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Type: Funnel Ghosts

Description:  These ghosts are loved ones returning to visit. They most frequently appear in old historical buildings or inside of private homes where they once lived.

Funnel Ghosts cause cold spots and when they are visibly seen they look like a swirling funnel. They can also be caught in photographs as a spiral of light.

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Types: Ectoplasm / Ecto-Mist

Description:  These ghosts appear several feet off the ground. They take the shape of a swirling mass of mist in either white, grey, or black. They can move quickly, but they can also choose to remain in place and orbit. They appear outdoors, in graveyards, in battlefields, and at historical sites.

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Type: Demonic Possessed Human Entity

Description:  When an evil spirit infiltrates a living person, it controls their conscious energy. Since they are inhabiting a physical body, these ghosts have a greater strength than the rest. They can move objects, hurt people, and kill as they please. They are as dangerous as demons.

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Type: Demons

Description: These are powerful, supernatural beings. They can invade homes, attach themselves to objects, and inflict mental and physical torture. These ghosts can morph into any shape. However, they are most commonly witnessed as black masses standing in doorways.

It is common for multiple demons to exist in the same location, because of energies that are blocking them from crossing over. These ghosts should never be challenged because they are capable of killing.

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Type: Shadow People

Description: You can spot these ghosts out of the corner of your eye, but as soon as you turn to look at them, they will usually vanish.

If you happen to see them face-to-face, you will notice an extremely dark void. A silhouette of a person. They could be wearing a hood or a cloak. Soon after you spot them, they can retreat into corners, through walls, into closets, and into televisions. They could even fade into the darkness of night.

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Type: Crowd Demon

Description:  These ghosts are attracted to crowds. They only show up in locations that are occupied by large groups of people. When they are photographed, they take the form of distorted shapes.

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Type: Animal Ghosts

Description: Although they can appear as full-body apparitions, animal ghosts are commonly heard rather than seen. They might scratch on the doors or on walls, make scraping sounds against the floor, whine, or bark.

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Type: Inanimate Ghosts

Description: These ghosts are embodied by objects rather than people. They can take the form of ships, cars, trains, or even lamps. These ghosts create residual hauntings, which means there is no interaction between you and the ghost.

What you are seeing is only a playback of events that have already occurred. The event is imprinted in the area because of its significance. You are not in any danger, because you are not actually witnessing a ghost, you are only witnessing leftover energy.

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Type: Doppelgänger 

Description: These ghosts can project themselves in multiple places at once so that there are multiple beings that look exactly the same. They can even mimic the look of someone who is still living, which is why you might swear you have seen a loved one when they were in a completely different location.

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Type: Lemur

Description: These are angry ghosts who wander. They are associated with darkness, doom, and misfortune. The reason they are so malevolent is because they had their life cut short and did not have a proper burial. They might not have had family to mourn them, either.

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Type: Artificial ghosts

Description: These ghosts are created from storytellers. When a group of people get together and put a name to a ghost, their spiritual energies can manifest that ghost into creation. This is the rarest type of ghost.

Ghost Encounters:

Eva Gutowski

The mystery starts when Eva sees a car outside with the headlights and taillights flashing without the engine running or the car alarm going off — and no one in the car. Then her cat starts behaving strangely. In certain parts of the house, it would make a creepy gurgling sound, which made Eva wonder whether there was a ghost in the house. But as time went by, it got even stranger.

Connor Franta

Shortly after Connor Franta moved into his new house, weird things started happening. Windows opened on their own (two nights in a row in two separate areas). Then, a voice activated device called Google Home went off in the middle of the night while he was sound asleep.

Gabbie Hanna

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Gabbie believes in ghosts. She has a history of being haunted. That is why she was freaked out when she watched back a video of her and a friend (with the same name) and heard a strange voice whisper Gabbie in the background.

Colleen Ballinger 

When Colleen invites a psychic medium to talk to ghosts in her home, the camera loses focus, which suggests paranormal activity. Then the psychic tries to get in touch with a family member who passed away and presents information that causes tears.

Shane Dawson

Shane Dawson is known for his conspiracy theories. Lately, he has been visiting haunted sights like The Stanley Hotel, which Stephen King based the Shining off. When he visits The Queen Mary, a haunted ghost ship, he hears a mysterious tapping coming from the closet. He also takes pictures that are filled with strange orbs, which could be the soul of a dead human or animal.

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January Nelson

January Nelson is a writer, editor, and dreamer. She writes about astrology, games, love, relationships, and entertainment. January graduated with an English and Literature degree from Columbia University.

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Ghosts are suddenly in vogue. Perhaps we believe in them more than we care to admit

Given the state of the world, it’s no surprise so many of us are turning to spooky stories as a form of escape

E verybody seems to be talking about ghosts right now. I turn up to dinners with friends, we’re talking about ghosts. I sit in the office, the conversation is dominated by ghosts again. I’m scrolling through Facebook groups and reading ghost stories that I then try to tell my boyfriend about (he ignores me). It feels as if ghosts are suddenly having a moment, a strange little resurgence into the mainstream. I think ghosts may be in vogue.

As for how and why ghosts have started to creep into polite conversation, there is a clear culprit. A few months ago the Amazon-owned podcast network Wondery published Ghost Story, a seven-part series hosted by the journalist Tristan Redman. Ghost Story focuses on a murder that occurred two generations ago in Redman’s wife’s family and, by absolute coincidence, took place in the house next door to where Redman grew up.

Redman details unnerving and inexplicable experiences that he had in his childhood bedroom and explains that his investigation into his wife’s family story was launched by news that two families who had lived successively in the house after his own family moved out had also experienced similar – seemingly paranormal – activity.

Despite clearly knowing better than to prod into the details of a little-discussed murder among his in-laws, Redman gives in to journalistic curiosity and delves into the history of the Dancy family (it’s worth mentioning here that the British actor Hugh Dancy is Redman’s brother-in-law).

Ghost Story is a wildly compelling podcast that has received glowing reviews and in the weeks after its release it spread like the pox through my friends’ Instagram stories. It’s not just that the podcast centres on a ghost story – it’s that it’s a ghost story told by somebody who keeps rushing to reassure us that, as a journalist, as a rational, clear-thinking person, he really does not believe in ghosts. But in this case the evidence is too fascinating to ignore.

“Look, I know how this sounds but I think this all might be more than just a bizarre coincidence,” Redman says in the trailer.

It’s in this delicate negotiation between the sensible, scientific world and the unfounded, supernatural world that I believe Ghost Story found its success. While a surprisingly high number of Australians believe (or are open to the possibility) that ghosts truly do exist (48%, according to one 2021 survey), lots of us still seem to rely quite heavily on the beginning of somebody’s story for permission to indulge these outlandish accounts – the part where a person says “I don’t believe in ghosts but … ”

What Ghost Story has uncovered is that, for so many of us, stories of the paranormal can be a strange, exciting and decadent activity, like buying oysters to eat in your own house.

Even if the higher-order thinking parts of our brains quickly remind us that it’s all basically nonsense, ghost stories seem to set the childish, reptilian parts of our brains alight. When one of my best friends agrees to tell the story, in full, of the time that a set of ghostly legs appeared to walk her family dog past her bedroom door, everybody at the table, no matter how cynical, visibly squirms.

After I recommended the Ghost Story podcast to one of the smartest people I’ve met, he messaged soon after to say that he had devoured the whole thing but his partner was away and it had made him terrified to sleep at night.

And look, maybe it’s unsurprising that this year, of all years, people are turning to the paranormal. Interest in the supernatural appears to spike in times of existential crises and a cost-of-living crisis accompanied by a climate crisis as well as the world witnessing a devastating humanitarian crisis feels like a lot to bear.

Stress can increase our awareness of the little bumps and quirks of life that we may have previously walked past without a second thought. And of course it is entirely possible that talking about ghosts with friends primes us to pay attention to the dark corners of our apartments that previously felt perfectly comfortable and didn’t have to contain malevolent spirits or anything. This could be a rather self-perpetuating cycle.

But it’s also fair to say that telling ghost stories can be a simple comfort and form of escapism that we shouldn’t completely denounce. After all, many of us grew up in cultures where ghosts were part of the spiritual landscape and, in the vast universe of bizarre things to believe in, ghosts have to be among the most benign and least politically bothersome. They don’t lend themselves particularly well to the construction of conspiracy theories, they don’t have any troubling racist undertones and they’re not going to lead people to attempt an insurrection at the Capitol Building any time soon.

We should always remain vigilant about the emergence of pseudoscience and perhaps Carl Sagan would argue that even humouring ghost stories is a slippery slope towards a total collapse of scientific knowledge. But I think we can all agree that people can be much more discerning than that and, in the troubling year of 2023, maybe we all deserve a few ghost stories, as a treat.

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CBS Unveils Ghosts Season 3 First-Look Images

Posted: January 5, 2024 | Last updated: January 5, 2024

CBS has finally released the first-look images for the upcoming third season of the hit comedy series Ghosts , starring Rose McIver and Utkarsh Ambudkar as Woodstone's bed-and-breakfast hosts Sam and Jay. The highly anticipated Season 3 will premiere on February 15, 2024.

Despite delays due to the now-concluded Hollywood strikes , the CBS sitcom is now gearing up for the third season. The new images, which come from the Season 3 premiere episode "Owl," see the couple seemingly entangled in another mystery. 

The premiere episode's logline (via TVLine ) suggests that Sam and Jay might be close to unraveling the lingering mystery of Season 2. The logline reads: "Sam, Jay, and the remaining ghosts unravel the mystery of which ghost passed into the afterlife. Also, Sam and Jay must relocate an owl in order to do construction on the barn to turn it into Jay's restaurant."

Check out the Season 3 first-look images below:

Who are the returning cast members for Season 3? 

Fans of the show will still see much of Ghosts' original cast for the upcoming third season, including McIver and Ambudkar. Joining them are Román Zaragoza as Sasappis, Asher Grodman as Trevor, Danielle Pinnock as Alberta, Sheila Carrasco as Susan, Rebecca Wisocky as Hetty, Richie Moriarty as Pete Martino, Brandon Scott Jones as Captain Isaac Higgintoot, and Devan Chandler Long as Thorfinn. 

What is Ghosts about? 

Ghosts follows Sam and Jay as they renovate their inherited massive country estate into a bed-and-breakfast business. They soon discover, however, that the place is inhabited by ghosts. 

The official synopsis for Ghosts reads: "Samantha and Jay throw caution to the wind when they convert their recently inherited country estate into a bed-and-breakfast. Call it mislaid plans. Not only is the place falling apart, but it's also inhabited by spirits of previous residents – whom only Samantha can see and hear. Ghosts spins the funny, heartfelt story about a newfound dream that reveals connection and self-discovery aren’t just for the living."

Ghosts Season 3 premieres on February 15, 2024.

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This is what Uranus and Neptune may really look like

New study shows that our solar system’s most distant planets' true colors are actually similar.

By Laura Baisas | Published Jan 5, 2024 11:00 AM EST

Voyager 2/ISS images of Uranus and Neptune released shortly after the Voyager 2 flybys in 1986 and 1989, respectively, compared with a reprocessing of the individual filter images in this study to determine the best estimate of the true colors of these planets.

For decades, images taken of Neptune have looked like the planet has a deep blue hue, while Uranus seemed more green. However, these two ice giants may actually look more similar to eachother than astronomers previously believed. According to a study published January 5 in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society , our solar system’s furthest planets’ true colors could both be similar pale shades of greenish blue. 

[Related: The secret to Voyagers’ spectacular space odyssey .]

Images versus reality

NASA’s Voyager 2 mission remains the only flyby of both ice giants conducted by a spacecraft. It gave us the first detailed images of these far-flung planets. Voyager 2 conducted a flyby of Uranus in 1986, and the images revealed a planet with a more pale cyan or blue color. The vessel flew by Neptune in 1989 and the imagery showed a planet with a rich blue color.

However, astronomers have long understood that most modern images of both planets don’t accurately reflect their true colors. Voyager 2 captured images of each planet in separate colors and these single-color images were then put together to make composites. These composite images were not always accurately balanced, particularly for the planet Neptune which was believed to appear too blue. The contrast on the early Voyager images of Neptune were also strongly enhanced to better reveal the clouds and winds of the planet. 

“Although the familiar Voyager 2 images of Uranus were published in a form closer to ‘true’ color, those of Neptune were, in fact, stretched and enhanced, and therefore made artificially too blue,” study co-author and University of Oxford astronomer Patrick Irwin said in a statement . “Even though the artificially-saturated color was known at the time amongst planetary scientists–and the images were released with captions explaining it–that distinction had become lost over time.”

Creating a more accurate view

In the new study , the team applied data taken from the Hubble Space Telescope’s Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph (STIS) and the Multi Unit Spectroscopic Explorer (MUSE) on the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope. 

With both the STIS and MUSE, each pixel is a continuous spectrum of colors , so their observations can be processed more clearly to determine the more accurate color of the planets, instead of what is being seen with a filter. 

The team used the data to rebalance the composite color images that were recorded by Voyager 2’s onboard camera and by the Hubble Space Telescope’s Wide Field Camera 3. The rebalancing revealed that both Uranus and Neptune are actually a similar pale shade of greenish blue. Neptune has a slight hint of more blue, which the model showed to be a thin layer of haze on the planet . 

The changing colors of Uranus

This research also provides a likely answer to why Uranus changes color slightly during its 84 year-long orbit around the sun . The team first compared images of Uranus to measurements of its brightness that were taken at blue and green wavelengths by the Lowell Observatory in Arizona from 1950 to 2016. These measurements showed that Uranus looks a little greener during its summer and winter solstices, when its poles are pointed towards the sun. However, during the equinoxes–when the sun is over the planet’s equator–it appears to have a more blue tinge. 

One already established reason for the change is due to Uranus’ a highly unusual spin . The planet spins almost on its side during orbit, so its north and south poles point almost directly towards the sun and Earth during its solstices. Any changes to the reflectivity of Uranus’ poles would have a major impact on the planet’s overall brightness when viewed from the Earth, according to the authors. What was less clear to astronomers was how and why this reflectivity differs. The team developed a model to compare the bands of colors of Uranus’s polar regions to its equatorial regions. 

They found that polar regions are more reflective at green and red wavelengths than at blue wavelengths. Uranus is more reflective at these wavelengths partially because gas methane absorbs the color red and methane is about half as abundant near Uranus’ poles than the equator.

[Related: Neptune’s bumpy childhood could reveal our solar system’s missing planets .]

However, this wasn’t enough to fully explain the color change so the researchers added a new variable to the model in the form of a ‘hood’ of gradually thickening icy haze which has previously been observed when Uranus moves from equinox to summer solstice. They believe that this haze is likely made up of methane ice particles.

After simulating this pole shift in the model, the ice particles further increased the reflection at green and red wavelengths at the planet’s poles, which explained that Uranus looks greener at the solstice due to less methane at the poles and increased thickness of the methane ice particles. 

“The misperception of Neptune’s color, as well as the unusual color changes of Uranus, have bedeviled us for decades,” Heidi Hammel, of the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy said in a statement . “This comprehensive study should finally put both issues to rest.” Hammel is not an author of the new study. 

Filling in this gap between the public perception of Neptune and its reality shows how data can be manipulated to show off certain features of a planet or enhance visualizations. 

“There’s never been an attempt to deceive,” study co-author and University of Leicester planetary scientist Leigh Fletcher told The New York Times . “But there has been an attempt to tell a story with these images by making them aesthetically pleasing to the eye so that people can enjoy these beautiful scenes in a way that is, maybe, more meaningful than a fuzzy, gray, amorphous blob in the distance.”

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Assessing Republicans’ Claims About Immigration During Border Visit

The visit to Texas reflects the extent to which immigration has become one of President Biden’s biggest political vulnerabilities, particularly as the 2024 election nears.

Speaker Mike Johnson at a lectern that reads "secure the border."

By Eileen Sullivan

Eileen Sullivan has covered immigration policy during the Biden administration.

More than 60 House Republicans traveled to the southern border in Texas on Wednesday, seeking to pressure the Biden administration to enact stricter immigration policies as a record number of migrants enter the United States. They gathered near the Rio Grande in Eagle Pass, a town of fewer than 30,000 that has become a popular crossing point.

But on Wednesday, only a few migrants were seen traversing the narrow stretch of the river from Piedras Negras, Mexico, and climbing up the banks on the U.S. side. (The number of illegal crossings along the southern border often declines around the holidays, and fewer people tend to cross if a notable event is expected on the U.S. side.)

“One thing is absolutely clear: America is at a breaking point with record levels of illegal immigration,” Speaker Mike Johnson said during a news conference on Wednesday afternoon. “And today, we got a firsthand look at the damage and the chaos the border catastrophe is causing in all of our communities. The situation here and across the country is truly unconscionable.”

The visit reflects the extent to which immigration has become one of President Biden’s biggest political vulnerabilities, particularly as the 2024 presidential election nears.

Republicans’ visit to Eagle Pass comes as Congress seeks to reach a deal over a spending package that would provide military aid to Ukraine in exchange for more stringent border policies.

On Wednesday , House Republicans threatened to stop funding the federal government if Mr. Biden and Democrats did not “shut the border down.”

Here’s a fact check on some of their statements.

WHAT WAS SAID

“We have lethal drugs that are pouring into our country at record levels.” — Mr. Johnson

This needs context. It is true that large amounts of fentanyl and other deadly illicit drugs have been flowing into the United States from Mexico. But the majority is trafficked through official ports of entry, not on the backs of economic and asylum-seeking migrants like those who have been coming to the country through Eagle Pass.

For example , in December, federal officials at the Ysleta port of entry in El Paso discovered 123 pounds of fentanyl and methamphetamine over three days, hidden in vehicles coming from Mexico.

“That 312 suspects on the terrorist watch list that have been apprehended — we have no idea how many terrorists have come into the country and set up terrorism cells across the nation.” — Mr. Johnson

This needs context. From October 2020 to November 2023, 312 migrants — of more than 6.2 million — who crossed the southern border triggered matches with names on the terrorist watch list, according to government data . But it is not clear how many of them were actual matches and whether the F.B.I. considered them to be national security threats.

The watch list is a vast intelligence database with more than two million names of known terrorists and suspects, according to a recent CBS News report . The list also includes people with ties to them, like family members, many of whom are not considered to be involved in terrorist activity.

When migrants are arrested after crossing the border illegally, officials run background checks, including against the terrorism watch list. When a person is flagged at the border as a possible match to a name on the watch list, the name is relayed to the F.B.I., and the bureau determines whether the person is a match and indeed a threat, or if agents need more information to confirm whether the person in border custody is the same as the person listed on the watch list.

“Director Wray admitted before my committee the other day — our committee the other day — that with the border wide open and a war in Israel, Hamas can just walk right in. That’s the director of the F.B.I. He fears for his own agents. It’s clear this is intentional.” — Representative Mark E. Green, Republican of Tennessee and the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee

This is misleading. The southern border has not been a popular entry point for terrorists. Dating back to 1975, no one has been killed or injured in a terrorist attack in the United States that involved someone who came across the border illegally, said Alex Nowrasteh, the vice president for economic and social policy studies at the Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank. Mr. Green appeared to be referring to a hearing before the House Homeland Security Committee on Nov. 15. At the time, he asked the F.B.I. director, Christopher A. Wray, about the potential terrorism threat posed by migrants who crossed the southern border but evaded detection. Border agents refer to these migrants as “got-aways.” Mr. Green said about two million migrants had crossed without detection since Mr. Biden has been in office.

In their exchange, Mr. Green asked whether people on the terrorism watch list could be among those who entered the country without detection: “Can the F.B.I. guarantee the American people that known or suspected terrorists, including any from Hamas or other terror groups, are not amongst those got-aways?”

Mr. Wray replied that this was an obvious worry but that there was no real way to know. “Well, certainly the group of people that you’re talking about are a source of great concern for us,” he added.

Mr. Green pressed further, asking, “But there’s really no way for you to guarantee that Hamas isn’t in those?”

Mr. Wray repeated his emphasis on the ambiguity. “Well, again, as you say, there’s the unknown unknown and the known unknown,” he said. “But what I can tell you is that our 56 joint terrorism task forces are working their tails off to make sure that they suss out and identify potential terrorist suspects, whether they’re on the watch list or not.”

Aishvarya Kavi contributed reporting.

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