At first, it seemed no more than a curious coincidence. Professor Klaus Heinemann, a researcher for NASA, the U.S. space agency, was studying a collection of photographs his wife had taken at a gathering of spiritual healers when he noticed that many of them featured the same pale but clearly defined circle of light, like a miniature moon, hovering above some of the subjects.
Like most rational people, he assumed that the pictures were faulty. ‘I presumed the circles were due to dust particles, flash anomalies, water particles and so on,’ says Prof Heinemann.
‘But I was sufficiently intrigued that I returned to the room in which the pictures were taken, in the hope of finding an explanation – like a mirror in the background. None was forthcoming.’
Nor could he find any faults with his wife’s camera. And as a scientist with considerable experience in sophisticated microscope techniques – examining matter down to atomic levels of optical resolution – his methods were nothing if not rigorous.
Still puzzled, Heinemann set out to discover what else might have caused the mysterious circles. He and his wife began taking hundreds of digital photographs at random events to see whether they could recreate the mysterious effect.
The answer was that they could make these shimmering ‘orbs’ appear again, but only – absurd as it may sound – if they ‘asked’ the apparitions to make themselves visible to the camera. And they found this method worked particularly well when the couple photographed spiritual gatherings.
Eventually, Heinemann was left with only one conclusion: that he was witnessing some form of paranormal intelligence.
Their conclusions, if correct, could have huge implications on the way we view the universe and our part in it. The experts say that just because something has not yet been scientifically proven, it doesn’t mean that it is not real.
This is because human vision operates only within a limited range of the electromagnetic spectrum. For instance, we cannot see radio waves, which carry huge amounts of information, yet we know they exist.