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Bright White Orb Of Light

Updated on April 26, 2016


In 2006 I went on a hiking and camping trip with my parents and brother. Little did I know that I would witness something that I could not identify, that nobody believed I had seen, and that would change my view of life on Earth and other planets.

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It was a hot, humid day, and after packing two old-fashioned (heavy) frame packs, and my brother's more modern (light) frameless pack, we set off up the North Shore of Lake Superior in Minnesota. As there was no overnight parking allowed at the head of the trail, we had to drive a few miles further to the State Park, and walk from there to the trail.

The trail itself was beautiful, but long and arduous. Hours and many miles went by before we finally made camp and got to enjoy ourselves. We ended up deep in the wild forestland of northern Minnesota. The closest road was miles away, and we were quite alone. It's a place where you can actually see the stars without city lights getting in the way, and black bears and moose live there as if humans don't exist. The only sounds are of nature.

As it was getting dark, we decided to make a fire, eat, and get some rest. My parents would share a tent about 15 feet away from ours. The hot, humid day turned into a hot, humid night, and my brother suggested we take the wind cover off of the top of our tent to let some air in overnight. Just a mesh screen remained above us. When I finally got into my sleeping bag, I couldn't sleep. There was a root beneath my back, it was sweltering hot, and though I tried, all that really happened was that I shut my eyes and lay there.


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As I couldn't sleep, and was painfully awake--and the only one, I might add--I just lay there thinking and trying to get more comfortable. Even with a camping air mattress under me, that root kept me awake.

With my eyes closed, I started seeing some sort of pattern under my eyelids; something bright, that made me open my eyes. As I was on my back, naturally when I opened my eyes I was looking straight up, out the tent's roof, and into the sky. What I saw there made me freeze.

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There, at treetop level, just 15 feet above me, was a bright orb of light. It was the size of a softball or small grapefruit, perfectly round, and hovering right above the tent! Though I had seen those UFO shows with bright balls of light flitting across the screen, I had assumed they were faked. I'm a scientist by nature and study, and believe those sorts of things only when I see them. Though UFO theory has always piqued my interest, that's about it. I never gave much credit to the theories, or to the white balls of light--until I saw one.

My orb, however, did not act like the balls of light I'd seen in many videos and had heard of in many descriptions. It would slowly follow a straight line about 5 feet long, and then the light would go out for a few seconds, and return. Each time this happened, the orb would appear at a different spot, follow the straight line again, and go out. It was like a humongous firefly, but with bright white light, and perfectly round. This went on for literally hours while I lay transfixed and immobile, not wanting to move or breathe. When I shut my eyes, I could see it moving, disappearing, and moving again. I would open my eyes again, and sure enough, it was still there. I did this many times, thinking I might be crazy. But I'm not crazy. I'm a rational, scientific person, and what I was seeing was something that I could not explain--and still can't.


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In the morning, I told my parents and brother what I'd seen. Of course they asked why I hadn't woken them up. After all, my brother was laying right beside me. It's a good question, and one that has haunted me ever since. The truth is that this ball of light was hovering 15 feet above me, very, very close, and I felt that I should not move or it would leave. Do I regret not waking my brother up? Yes and no. Yes, because nobody has ever believed me, and no, because I got to experience this ball of light for hours.

Since my "sighting" I have looked all over the internet for similar white balls of light. Most people describe them as fast, or that you could feel their energy, or that they only last for a few minutes. Mine was totally different. It was slow and methodical, like a huge, perfectly-round firefly, and it was above me for hours and hours. Did I feel any sort of energy? No. But I did feel totally transfixed and absolutely awed. I didn't want to move, but I could have if I'd wanted to.

I would rather have watched the ball of light for hours than to have a witness who scared it away. Some people say that maybe it wouldn't have left, but the "feeling" I got was that I was communing, alone, with something I could not identify, and any movement would end the experience. I didn't want it to leave. I wanted to watch it and experience it. Did I consider waking my brother at the time? Yes, over and over again. But every time I thought that if I moved, it would be gone.


These white orbs of light that I've now read so much about often occur in the middle of nowhere, as in my case. I don't know why, or what they are, or what exactly it was doing, but we were the only people out there--and for some reason, it was right above us. Did it seek us out? Did it study us? What was it doing there?

There are way more questions than answers. I think about my experience a lot, and have come to no conclusions. But I saw it with my own eyes, and whatever it was was not evil, was nothing we know of in nature, and may not even have been of this world. Some theories exist, like the foo fighters theory, that these balls of light can be manufactured using mercury. However, this thing acted like something with a brain, not like something attracted by magnetism.

I wanted to attach a video of someone's sighting of one of these orbs of light, since I didn't have a camera with me. However, I've searched and searched, and most of the sightings either look fake, or they're so far away that it's not representative of my experience at all. This thing was close, and it didn't morph, and it wasn't fast.



If anyone has had a similar experience with a white ball of light, please comment below. I am fascinated by my experience, but have not found any accounts that are similar to mine.

Do aliens (or beings of visible light) exist? I'm sure it's possible, but I'm not sure that that's what I saw. An alien probe? Maybe, but then again, that's just speculation. Have you seen the white balls of light? Let me know your story so that I might understand mine better.

Thank you.

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      Lyn O 7 years ago

      I believe you saw what you saw. I have seen bright balls of light coming toward me from my neighbours trees across our driveway.

      Interestingly my sighting was on a hot and humid night and I live in an acreage estate with lots of trees and tall vegetation.

      I had never heard the word "orb" or "orbs of light" before this. I too, wanted to share the experience and rang my neighbour. In the 20 minutes that she sat with me, nothing occurred. Shortly after she left, the orbs of light started again and continued for 15 minutes.

      I could not explain this at the time, but when I discussed it with a visiting relative (and let's face it, this is not the thing you discuss with everyone, they would think you were nuts, she told me I had seen Orbs of Light. I know what I saw. They were balls of white light, some with a lesser intensity and size, that were coming towards me from my neighbours treed area.

      They started off strongly and petered out some 10 metres from me. At no time did I feel frightened.

      There are two households' power supplies running overhead in that area and I wondered if, the power supply, combined with the hot humid night, could have anything to do with it.

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      Faceless39 6 years ago from The North Woods, USA

      Hey Lyn O, thanks for the comment. Considering your experience with the neighbor coming over, I'm glad I didn't try to get another witness or the orb may well have disappeared! As to your theory about the power supply, I'm not sure that's even possible (I'm no electrician). However, I do know that there were _no_ power lines or anything human where I was when I saw the light. It's one of those things that remains a total mystery. It was good hearing your story, though--thanks!

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      ingrid 6 years ago

      Here is my experience with the orbs. About 3 in the morning I woke up. I suffer from insomnia and am usually awake for at least 3 to 4 hours before falling back to sleep. As I was leaving to go to the livingroom to turn on the tv. I noticed That I couldn't see or focus my eyes on the upper corner of the bedroom. I thought to myself that that was strange and laid back down on the bed to let my eyes adjust to the light. The corner is hard to describe. It was the blackest black and foggy,cloudy. Difficult to focus on. All of a sudden a small ball of light with a white tail behind it came shooting out! Then another and another. 5 in all...darting around the happy that they had made it in [that was my impression] and like you I didn't move because I knew I was seeing something out of this world and didn't want to scare them off. After zooming around for a minute or so I guess they saw that I was awake and could see them. They gathered above me and one of them shot down about 6 inches infront of my face while the others stayed above. I was able to see directly into the orb. It had grown to the size of a tennis ball.Glowing brightly and the inside was pure moving energy. Then after about 10 seconds it popped and one after the other,so did the other 4. Now here is, for me, the really strange part.I had only been up for about 15 minutes at that point and what I should have done after that experience, was jumped up, turned on a light, woken my husband up...something but, instead It was as if I had been given a tranquilizer and I passed out! The last thing I remember was looking over at the corner to see if the portal was still there.

      And because of that I wonder if they were some sort of alien probes. At first I thought they were spirits but, have you ever heard of spirits putting you to sleep?

      Now I see faint ones on occasion floating across the ceiling in my bedroom. I guess they are monitoring us humans.

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      Social 6 years ago

      I have only seen an orb once such as the one you have described, only the one I seen didn't blink in and out, it stayed solid the whole experience.

      Our home was located on an acre outside of a small town. Surrounded by woods. One summer night my husband and I were outside on the back porch talking, when we seen a brilliant ball of light glide over the woods line in the back of the property. The light slowly glided in our direction came up aprox. 50 feet from us, then slowly curved past and to the left of us in the direction of the garage, where it elevated above it, then floated across the road and up over the trees until we could no longer see it. The "orb" did not emmit a beam of light or shadows, as the light of a flashlight would do. It's solid light was contained within itself. I would estimate that it was slightly larger than the size of a grapefruit. No sound came from it.

      Some time ago I was sharing the experience with my daughters about it, my husband listening. And I was shocked when he had said he didn't remember seeing it. My first thought was he most certainly did and how could not remember something like that. I specifically remember asking him what it was when it glided near us. His head even followed the direction it took. I KNOW he seen it! So, even though I have a witness, he doesn't "remember". I know what I saw. Can't explain it, but I know I seen it and so did he.

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      Faceless39 6 years ago from The North Woods, USA

      Ingrid and Social, thanks for sharing your stories. It's great to know that others have experienced this phenominon. It seems like most of these orbs appear in the outskirts of town or in the countryside. I wonder why!? Thanks again!

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      Nicole  6 years ago

      Oddly enough. I had an experience with a ball of light last night. I have been googling about it and stumbled on your blog. I was asleep and felt something in the room. It must have been around 3am or so...not too sure exactly. I saw a light under my eyelids and was trying to open them. I was in sleep paralysis and I got my lids open just enough to see the ball. Then my eyes closed again, I couldn't keep them open. I could hear the light making a humming sound very faintly. I then remember it hovering over me, b/c I could feel it and it went into my right ear. I know this sounds completely ludicrous! I am reading what I am typing and can't believe I am even admitting this on the internet. I have no idea what happened. I feel fine. But when the orb was going into my ear I could hear the change in the sound, like my ear cannal was blocked and sound of the orb was muffled like. So bizarre!!! I have never ever had anything like that happen to me. I have had some ghostly experiences in this very house, but nothing with an orb. Tv's turning off, lights coming on, items moving, or missing....not a ball of light trying to inhabit my body. wth?

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      Faceless39 6 years ago from The North Woods, USA

      Hi Nicole! Thanks for sharing your experience. A few years ago I would not have finished reading your comment. However, now that I've experienced an orb firsthand, I find your story intriguing. What's interesting is that everyone seems to experience the orbs differently! Mine made no sound and definitely didn't get that close to me. Thanks for sharing!!

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      Laura 6 years ago

      I have been googling orbs after I had an experience this morning. I woke up before my alarm went off to the sound of my dog growling very low. He continued to growl for several minutes and then he started to bark. I got up and went outside to let him potty. I'm standing in the backyard with my robe on and a white ball of light about the size of a tennis ball came flying toward my face and then went up over my head and disappeared. I wish it had stayed longer so I could have gotten a better look. I went upstairs and told my husband about it. I hope I see it again. Its good to know I'm not the only one who has seen something like this.

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      John 6 years ago

      I have seen something similar...inside my apartment no less. It was a blue orb and the size of a tennis ball, but it glowed. I thought I was hallucinating. A couple of things have occurred to me. Maybe crazy...but the blinking may actually be related to their ability to somehow "pause" time for us so that it just appears to be moving irradically or blinking. The other thing I thought is what better way to travel through space or a wormhole that as a tiny ball, forget about the huge galactic ships of Star Wars that would be running in to all sorts of problems relating to space junk, astroids, gravitational pulls, etc. A tiny safe!

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      Scott 6 years ago

      This is a very interesting story. I DO believe you, although I have never personaly experianced anything "paranormal". I do have an open mind. You don't have to answer to anyone. You saw something you cannot explain. KEEP LOOKING UP!!!!

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      truthseeker 6 years ago

      i also witnessed something simular to this 20 years ago in winslow az. actually i was with two friends about 10 miles south of town around 10pm and one of my friends saw it first, we teased him thinking he was seeing things. but when we saw it we realised he was seeing something we could just never figure out what it was. what we saw was a white light move straight up and down over winslow then it would move horizontally from wislow to holbrook az. about 40 miles in 1 second then it would move up and down and then back to winslow once and awhile it would stop at joseph city about half way between winslow and holbrook. it did this for about an hour and a half before we headed to town to get a better look, but as we got closer to town the lights of the city blocked our view so i really don't know how long it did its thing. but this thing was fast and big. before i moved to az i thought like most people. things like this don't exist but now i have to believe don't i. well good luck on your search. PS have you ever seen the orb the queen of england holds in her hand during her corination?? also one of the egyption goddeses whares a round gold disc on her head, i am told this repesents the sun, but i wonder if it repesents something else as well. again good luck

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      Melissa 6 years ago

      I was sleeping the other day in my room and I just remember this very very bright white ball of light just coming at me so fast from either my ceiling or the window next to me but it scared me to the point where I was almost flung back by it because it woke me up from my sleep. It happened so fast I didn't understand what it was and it just went away. Crazy

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      poodoodles 6 years ago

      My husband and I saw a baseball sized, perfectly round, not solid, pure energy orb out the driver's side windshield, kind of in front of us but to the left. It traveled with us at about 55 mph on a dark stretch of highway between Lewistown and Denton, MT., circa 1999. Like you... in the middle of nowhere. It just suddendly came down to our level (I saw it first, being the passenger and not having to concentrate on driving) and it stayed with us for several minutes as we drove and stared in awe and amazement and wonder! Mike slowed down and it slowed as well! We too had the feeling that #1. it had a brain, #2. it seeked us out and #3. it was some sort of probe. Your description of 'feelings' about what it was are identical to ours. I think this was communicated to us in a special way. I wish it would have stayed longer, but we watched it go upward to leave. We've not told but a couple of people about it. I've recently become interested in my ascension and have been spiritually awakened in preparation for 2012 which led me to this encounter of yours. I think we were sought out for a reason and we are now discussing it for a reason. Follow your heart!

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      bittersweetone 6 years ago

      i have also witness these white balls of light. at first i thought i was seeing things but later found out that my eyes weren't playing tricks on me. when we moved into out house, we bought it off of a reverened. he held congragations meetings in the home that dealt with the church. we just got everything in and when it got dark i don't know what made me look outside but next to our house there is a tree and beside it were 3 white balls of light...again, i thought that i was seeing things. until just recently my son who's 22 said to me remember when we first moved in here...6 years ago...ive been wanting to tell you this but i didn't want you to think that i was crazy.. but he began to tell me what he saw out his bedroom window the night we moved in...the same 3 white balls of light floating in mid seemed to travel in a all this time i thought that i was going crazy...what does this mean...any thoughts?

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      Cole 6 years ago

      Hi, I experienced something similar when I was 8 years of age I am older now but anyways It was sometime in December I just finished watching the How The Grinch Stole Christmas and then I went and looked out the window at 9:30 MST and Saw a ball of light. It lifted over my neighbors fence went across the backyard and went over the other fence.

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      Erin 6 years ago

      Hey! I feel the need to share the experience I just had last night. My sweet Grandma just passed yesterday, I was so fortunate to have a beautiful goodbye with her a few days ago. My Grandma was a very spiritual person and she promised she would come to me. Last night, I truly believe she did, I woke up around 4am only to see a large ball of light hovering beside the bed. I closed my eyes (thinking I was dreaming or seeing things) only to realize the glowing ball was not leaving. It stayed for a few moments and the funny thing is, it was a peaceful feeling that came over me, I was not scared. This is the first time I have ever in my life seen anything like this and I embrace the experience with an open mind.

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      Linda 6 years ago

      My question is: Are these orbs aliens? or are they a spiritual consciousness? or are they one and of the same? I had a similar experience when I was 13 (I'm now 59). I was walking with a friend one evening down a quiet street. She said "Look at the moon!" As I looked up I said "That's not the moon, that's a street light" then it was hovering over our heads.No sound and we were not scared. We loved it (we didn't talk till afterward)and it took off at a 90 degree angle faster than I can say. almost instantly out of sight. I feel some time elapsed because we got home very late and got yelled at, and we were surprised by that. No one believed us.

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      Kristan 6 years ago

      I am 56 now, but my experience feels like it happened only yesterday. I must have been about 5 at the time. I had been put to bed in my parents' bedroom, right next to where they were having a party in the next room. Mom had left a floorlamp on that cast a warm, golden glow about the room. I was listening to the music and laugter when I noticed 2 balls of blue light hovering about a foot and a half above and a few inches away from my right foot. They gave off little golden sparks all over; otherwise, they were completely still. I felt very peaceful and calm in their presence, and in the time it took me to blink, they were gone. They had only visited for a few minutes, but the experience has lasted a lifetime. I believe they were spirit entities, but why they were visiting me, I haven't a clue.

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      Faceless39 6 years ago from The North Woods, USA

      Thank you everyone for your stories. Keep them coming!

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      Sondra 6 years ago

      Hi! I had an experience this evening. We have a brick plat form in front of our fireplace, I was standing on it, trying to get warm. Then, a grapefruit sized white ball of light came out of no where and moved beside me up to my leg and then moved to my waist, after my eyes finally focused, it disappeared. A huge shiver with goosebumps went up my spine and down my arms. It happened so fast..... I know what I saw.... It was a weird, but exciting experience....I wasn't scared at all, so I don't get a sense that it was anything bad, but I don't have any idea what it was either.

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