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|Example of dust AOIs taken at Hawai`i's Plantation Village.|
|Example of rain AOIs taken at Hawai`i's Plantation Village.|
"Spiritual or other-worldly interpretations of "orbs" in photographs should only be considered under conditions in which all sources of stray reflection and diffraction have been eliminated from the environment."
- Schwartz, G. E., & Creath, K. (2005). Anomalous orbic "spirit" photographs? a conventional optical explanation. Journal of Scientific Exploration, 19(3), 343-358. Retrieved from http://www.scientificexploration.org/journal/jse_19_3_schwartz.pdf
"Believe it or not, you are surrounded by dust at all times. It is unavoidable. The only true way to be in a dust free environment is to be inside a vacuum, and I am not speaking of your household cleaning appliance. I have heard from many individuals and groups that orbs could not possibly be dust because there was no dust present at the time. This is highly incorrect reasoning, and as we will continue to discuss, you cannot evade dust inside or outside, you can only control how your photos are collected."
- PSIRO. (n.d.). Photography and the paranormal 101: Identifying false positives part 1 - orbs. Retrieved from http://www.psiro.com/index.php/continued-education/paranormal-photography-101/false-positives-orbs.html
"It’s easy to see dust in the air if you switch on a flashlight in a dark room. Point the flashlight across the room while watching where the beam of light passes through the air. You will see little flashes of light in the beam. These are caused by dust particles drifting through the light beam."