Bright White Orb of Light
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.
The Ball of Light
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.
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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The After Story
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.
More Questions Than Answers
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.
Have You Experienced This?
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.
If you've experienced an orb of light, comment below with your story! Please note: I approve all comments manually so it may be a few hours before your comment is seen live. Thanks for your patience and understanding!
Questions & Answers
I am from Minnesota. A white orb the size of a basketball came into my dark bedroom from my door, and I watched it slowly travel across my room in a straight line and go through the wall below the window. I was shocked to see this. It's like it was just strolling through my room casually. I blinked about ten times to make sure I wasn't seeing things. It was crazy. This happened two to three weeks ago. Do you know any more about these?
What I've learned is that everyone's experience is wildly different, and the only similarity between them is 1) there's an orb of some size or color, and 2) for the most part, people feel peaceful around them. But it seems that the orbs come in all types, sizes, and colors, with some alone and some in groups. People see them outside, inside, sometimes once, sometimes all the time.Helpful 39
I used to live in Crete. One night, I opened the back door and stepped into the yard and was face to "face" with a basketball-sized orb. It was just silently suspended between me and a tree, which wasn't even 12 feet away. It didn't move at first. Then it slowly got smaller and smaller until it was gone. I stood there in shock for a moment before telling my family what I saw. Of course, no one believed me. I was stunned but by no means did it make me feel afraid. Was it a spirit or UFO?
That's a large orb! After many years, I still have no idea what these orbs of light are. But most people, like you and me, didn't feel fear or anything, just peace. Maybe they're beings of light who are curious about us or trying to help us.Helpful 27
The sphere I saw seemed to move deliberately and intelligently. Is this the general experience?
Yes, the general experience is that they are alive, intelligent, move deliberately, and are likely here to help us.Helpful 27
I saw an orb of white light go past my windshield last. About the size of a small basketball. Any thoughts on this? I personally was scared out of my wits.
Sizes seem to range from golf ball size up to a large basketball size. It's interesting to see how wildly different everyone's experiences are.Helpful 19
The light or orb I saw tonight is similar to the ones I have seen many times before. It will look like a star but when you look a little harder you can tell it's just above the trees and it doesn't move with the other stars. Did yours move above the trees?
Mine was above the trees but looked absolutely nothing like a star. It had a different type of light to a star, it moved around, and there was a sense that it was an intelligent being. So no, the orbs don't look like stars to me, but the one I saw was at treetop level. There are so many different types, who knows!Helpful 17
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