It is theorized that paranormal entities (ghosts, spirits etc) are at least in part based on or composed of energy. This theory is strongly supported as many encounters with the paranormal coincide with measurements of relatively high or unusual energy levels (electrical, magnetic, thermal etc) at the same time and location. It is theorized that entities somehow tap into available ambient sources of energy, drawing on them to help constitute and manifest themselves.

We typically think of energy in the form of electricity. Our modern world is full of high electric sources. But there are other sources of energy that are similarly potent and occur naturally. Two such sources are solar and geomagnetic.

Solar energy is most commonly thought of as simply light. While light is a component of solar energy, the sun also emits a constant stream of highly charged particles that shower the Earth everyday: X-Rays, Gamma Rays, Cosmic Rays, Alpha radiation etc. It is these high energy particles that interact with the atmosphere and the Earth’s natural magnetic field that cause the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights).

Fortunately for us better than 99% of these particles are blocked by the Earth’s magnetic field and filtered by the atmosphere (see the movie “The Core” for a fictional example of what would happen if the magnetic field stopped). It is theorized that ghosts and spirits might be able to use this constant shower of high energy particles as an energy source to manifest themselves.

Solar activity isn’t constant. The sun has periods of higher intensity emissions at certain times than during others. “Sun spots” and “solar flares” are periods of higher, more intense energy emissions. Scientists have been determined the sun goes through a 20 year period of generally high solar activity, then 20 years of relatively lower/lesser activity, then the cycle starts again (as of writing this article in 2006 we are in the middle of a 20 year up cycle in solar activity).

For these reasons Long Island Paranormal Investigators tracks and notes solar activity during our investigations. This information is provided by NASA (the National Aeronautics and Space Administration) by satellites (at the time of writing this article the GOES 8 and GOES 10 satellites are used) in orbit. The different NASA solar activity classifications. The following is from the website:

The X-ray Solar status monitor downloads data periodically from the NOAA Space Environment Center FTP server. The previous 24 hours of 5 minute Long-wavelength X-ray data from each satellite (GOES 8 and GOES 10) is analyzed, and an appropriate level of activity for the past 24 hours is assigned as follows:


Solar X-ray flux is quiet (< 1.00e-6 W/m^2)
Active: Solar X-ray flux is active (>= 1.00e-6 W/m^2)
M Class Flare: An M Class flare has occurred (X-ray flux >= 1.00e-5 W/m^2)
X Class Flare: An X Class flare has occurred (X-ray flux >= 1.00e-4 W/m^2)
Mega Flare: An unprecedented X-ray event has occurred (X-ray flux >= 1.00e-3 W/m^2)
The designation “Mega Flare” was chosen by Kevin Loch when the status monitor was created on March 4, 1999. There is no “official” designation for flares in this range.


By noting solar activity during periods of our investigations we hope to determine whether or not there is in fact a clear correlation between increases in paranormal activity and solar activity.


Geomagnetic Energy

As mentioned above, the Earth has it’s own naturally occurring magnetic field. This magnetic field is generated deep inside the Earth. Scientists theorize (no one has been the thousands of miles to the Earth’s core to know for certain) that molten metal flowing and swirling around itself under intense heat and pressure (and probably high natural radiation) form a massive electromagnetic field. This is the field that causes compasses to point North.

For the paranormal investigator it is theorized that paranormal entities might be able to tap into the Earths magnetic field as a constant energy source. As with solar activity, geomagnetic activity isn’t constant. There are periods of greater electromagnetic emissions that others. NASA also monitors and tracks this data. The following is from the website:


Quiet: the Geomagnetic Field is quiet (Kp < 4)

Active: the Geomagnetic Field has been unsettled (Kp=4)

Storm: A Geomagnetic Storm has occurred (Kp>4)


As with solar activity by noting geomagnetic activity during our investigations we hope to determine whether or not there is in fact a clear correlation between increases in paranormal activity and geomagnetic activity.


As of writing this article the early analysis of solar and geomagnetic activity during LIPI investigations does show some correlation to paranormal activity. That is, it does appear there is frequently an increase in paranormal activity observed and paranormal readings on instruments collected during periods of higher solar and/or geomagnetic activity. Not all the time, but often enough. However, much more data needs to be collected and analyzed before any formal conclusions can be published. Long Island Paranormal Investigators is continuing our research on this subject.


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