The History of the Ghost Light

Cristina D'Almeida

It’s usually known as an end of night procedure. You might hear people say, “hey don’t forget to put the ghost light on” before they leave the theater for the night. A night would not be complete without lighting it. So many have asked through the years what is the purpose of the ghost light in theaters? Why do we need to do this? I’ve often asked that question myself in my early theatre days, and it wasn’t until more recently that I grasped its true purpose other than it is there for safety reasons.

A ghost light is a small, single bulbed light, usually a floor lamp of some sort, that shines on the dark stage throughout the night when the theater is closed and unoccupied. The more logical reason as to why we light this at night is because it’s there in case someone is in the theater working late. It allows them to see where they’re going. Stages have so many hidden places, bumps, and holes. There’s always the orchestra pit that you want to stay clear of or any working equipment if the set is being built and of course the set itself. The light helps to avoid any of these obstacles.

In a more historical sense, the ghost light has many reasons. It is said that every theater has a ghost. The ghost light provides light at night for any spirits to be able to see and even “perform” or dance on the stage. It sounds spooky or creepy, but many have stories to share about it, and sightings of these spirits have allegedly happened. Through research and discussions, most spirits in theaters are not malicious. If you think about it, a theater is a happy place. It’s a theatrical and artistic space to have homed many shows and performers.

So anyone who has died in these places has no reason to feel any hate towards the buildings or its current performers, but there are probably some exceptions. If anything, they probably feel an attachment to the space or may have some unfinished business, but generally, these spirits are kind. That is not to say it won’t freak people out. I, myself, have never been comfortable with the idea that there might be spirits in the theaters I’ve worked. It makes my job harder for me sometimes because as I approach certain parts of the building, that thought of them being around never leaves my brain. It completely scares me. If these things are true, I think if you accept that they’re there or might be there and acknowledge them to some extent, then they’ll leave you alone. On the other end of the spectrum, some people do not believe in these ghosts at all and refuse to hear anything about them. That is something I realize and understand. However, whether you believe in them or not, I think we can all agree to some degree that the ghost light and these mysterious stories behind it, give theatre some extra fascination and appeal. The theatre is so historical, so these stories and past people go hand in hand because it’s part of history.

According to Playbill.com, it is said that the Palace Theatre, in Manhattan, New York, is one of the most haunted theatres on Broadway. Home to the Vaudeville days, film premieres and theatre, most notably and more recently Legally Blonde, so many actors and stars have passed through this place over a span of at least five decades. People believe that the ghost of acrobat Louis Bossalina occupies the theatre. Back in the 1950s, people say that Bossalina fell to his death and during the night, he can still be seen swinging through the rafters. Whether this is accurate or not, it’s a rather interesting story and one that gives the theatre some extra attraction.

In The New Amsterdam Theatre, another haunted broadway theatre that houses Aladdin , they do not use one single ghost light. They have several ghost lights within the grid that stay on at night, so the theatre is never truly dark. It’s a pretty interesting take on the traditional ghost light, but you have to wonder if there is a reason for keeping so much light on other than for security.

Other names for the ghost light are equity lamps and equity lights. The Actors Equity Association might have been the true originator of the ghost light, hence those names.

Some stories might bring some truth to the ghost light superstition. Other people don’t believe in it at all; however, it is still respected as a tradition regardless of anyone’s viewpoint, and I think the tradition itself is a beautiful and magical custom, especially because it’s become a standard thing that almost everyone follows. It’s as if we all unite at the end of the day to follow this one single act. It shows respect to those of the past, and it’s an honor to do so.

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Theatrical folk are a superstitious lot. Wishing actors a broken leg (don't ever tell them "good luck"), avoiding whistling backstage (it used to confuse the stagehands), and being careful not to say Mac. . . —I mean, "The Scottish Play" (it's cursed, you know) are just a sampling of the multitude of time-honored theatre traditions. But the ghost light is one superstition that's also proven itself a modern theatre necessity.

A ghost light is a single bulb left burning whenever a theatre is dark. Some argue that its function is to chase away mischievous spirits; others insist it lights the way for the ghosts that are said to inhabit virtually every theatre, keeping them happy and contented. Either way, that light ensures that no one takes an accidental tumble off the stage.

"Mostly it's safety, just because they turn everything off at night," says Kim Russell, the stage manager for Legally Blonde . "You've got the edge of the stage leading to the orchestra pit, and if there weren't any lights and someone were to get in accidentally, it would be really easy to just walk off the edge of the stage and fall. It could be dangerous."

The New Amsterdam, another of Broadway's most haunted theatres, doesn't use a ghost light — at least, not a traditional one.

"We have a ghost, but we don't have a ghost light on the stage," says Dana Amendola, Disney Theatrical's VP of operations. "Because we are a different classification of building, we have to do more than just a ghost light. We have to pretty much leave the lights on."

According to Amendola, OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) requires some lights in the New Amsterdam remain on at all times, "so our ghost lights are actually up in the grid and shine down on the stage," according to Amendola. Even though it's lacking a lone bare bulb in the middle of the stage, the New Amsterdam Theatre still works hard to appease its resident ghost, former Ziegfeld showgirl Olive Thomas.

Photographs of Ms. Thomas hang at every entrance and exit to the theatre, and the cast and crew typically wish the late showgirl a good night when they leave by blowing her a kiss. "When she's been sighted, that's what she's done: blown a kiss to people that have seen her," says Amendola. He pauses before adding, "Usually people don't know who she is until they find out later on, and then they say, 'Oh my goodness!'"

It's not just on Broadway that the ghost light is important. There are theatre companies named after the ghost light in places such as Seattle, Iowa, Pennsylvania, Florida and Oklahoma City. Frank Rich, the formidable former New York Times theatre critic, revealed his sentimental and superstitious side when he titled his autobiography Ghost Light: A Memoir .

Even if after-hours lighting weren't required for safety purposes, superstitious thespians would probably still insist on keeping the ghost light burning. After all, the business of theatre is risky enough without an irate spirit or two in the wings.

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Sightings of mysterious lights off in the distance — sometimes weaving or bobbing, sometimes traveling at high speeds or hovering in the air — have been reported all over the world for generations. Are these so-called "ghost lights," "spook lights" or "corpse candles" supernatural or is there a more obvious explanation? Stuff They Don't Want You To Know hosts Matt Frederick, Ben Bowlin and Noel Brown take a hard look at the stories and theories surrounding these "will o' the wisps" to find out exactly what they are in the latest episode of the podcast: What Exactly Are "Ghost Lights"?

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This is occasionally used as a synonym for ‘ghost load’ a lantern connected in parallel with a stage-practical to ensure the dimmer has enough load on it. More usually it’s a light on a pole left on-stage while nobody is about. The practical advantages are that the last people out & first people in won’t fall in the orchestra pit in the dark.

Do I need to use a Ghost Light on my stage? If there are multiple entrances to the stage when the building is dark and empty, a ghost light should be used to prevent anyone from injury walking into objects or falling off the edge of the stage. If there is a clearly visible, illuminated working light control at a single stage entrance, it may not be necessary. Nowadays a low energy light source should be used; either a compact fluorescent lamp or an LED lamp. Any openings through the stage floor should be adequately protected at the end of each performance – the protection (safety railings / barriers etc) should only be removed when the stage crew have completed their setup the next day, just before the show starts. 

The historical reasons for it’s existence (gaslights acting as pressure relief valves, keeping the ghosts away, keeping the ghosts happy, ensuring the theatre never ‘goes dark’ etc.) are many and varied : some are listed below.

1) Stephen Litterst :

The urban legend behind this (as I was told many years ago) was that a burglar had broken into a theatre one night before the advent of the “ghost light.” He fell off the stage, breaking a leg or two and was found that way in the morning. Although he was trespassing, he sued the theatre for creating an unsafe workspace and won. So ever since, we leave a light on to protect ourselves from liability. There is much about this story that is apocryphal. I prefer the “Ghost light” explanation where we leave the light on to keep the theatre ghost company overnight. Apparently when all the lights go out, the ghost thinks it has been abandoned and causes accidents to happen on the set.

2) Don: The light DSC on the stage in the USA that is left burning while the building is vacant was a fire code requirement in NYC back in the old days to my knowledge. It was there to allow firefighters to see where the stage stopped and the orchestra pit started. This is still a valid reason for putting one out today. So far as the name is concerned, can’t really say. Who else is in the building except ghosts when the light is deployed?

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3) Richard Grevers: Practically, So I can find my way to the backstage mains switch when I come into the theatre. Traditionally, to enable the theatre ghost to see so s/he doesn’t knock over the furniture (pesky directors, it’s in a different place every few weeks!)

4) Michele McDermott I had heard that one of the first rules that Actor’s Equity adopted, when the union was first organized, was that a light must be present in a theatre for rehearsals so that the pianist could see what he/she was playing and that a producer did not have to call an IATSE crew just for rehearsals. In the years that followed, it became a common practice to leave a light on stage for safety sake and somehow the name of ghost light was used for that light fixture.

5) Lee Gold: It’s also known as the “Equity Light” or “Equity Lamp”. It’s a term for the light/lamp that’s turned on when all the other lights are turned off and the theater is locked up for the night. I suspect it’s mandated by the rules of Equity, the Actors Union. I’ve found it on various web pages relating to locking up — and as a reference in “Tex and Molly in the Afterlife”.

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And whom is it for?

One of the most important tools that a play has at its disposal is a blackout. Because live theater can’t mark the passage of time in the way that a book or film can, theaters use blackouts to mark the end of a scene. In order for them to work effectively, the theater must go completely dark. 

Although the pitch black is perfect during a show, when the curtain lowers and the actors go home, an issue arises: How do you turn the lights back on the next day? Not every theater has a light switch located conveniently near the stage entrance, so that means that technicians crossing the stage to turn on the lights at the beginning of a work day must navigate numerous hazards: avoiding set pieces and platforms, and not falling into the orchestra pit. The solution? A ghost light is commonly used to show the way.

A ghost light is a very simple device: It’s just a lightbulb on a stick that stands in the middle of the stage. It’s usually the last thing to be placed on the stage every night and the first thing to be removed every morning. Although its practicality is apparent, its history and superstitions make it a theatrical icon. 

The ghost light’s widespread use as a safety device may have been mandated by the Actors’ Equity Association as a way to ensure that its members aren’t injured on a dark stage before and after a show, but Brian Kelsey, Peninsula Players’ managing director, said the use of a ghost light isn’t currently a part of the theater company’s contract with Actors’ Equity. 

And this safety-device explanation also doesn’t explain the bulb’s name. 

It’s a common belief that every theater is haunted. Different theaters have created different traditions to appease the spirits that are believed to inhabit them, and the most common is the ghost light. Whether its objective is to make the ghosts happy by allowing them to play on the stage after hours or to keep them at bay by casting light on the stage differs by theater. (The theaters I’ve worked with all look fondly upon their ghosts.) 

The ghost light had a resurgence in public awareness as the pandemic closed theaters in 2020, but many kept their ghost lights burning as a symbol of hope that live performances would soon return. That dream has since been realized, and the ghost light still stands on stages every night as both an instrument of safety and a longstanding theatrical tradition.

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What is a Ghost Light?

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A ghost light is a light which is left burning in a theater after everyone goes home for the night. There are a number of explanations for the light, ranging from the supernatural to the mundane, and such lights are in common use around the world. Many theater people also use the term to refer to any sort of bare bulb left burning at light in an establishment after it closes, whether or not the establishment is a theater.

The obvious practical reason for using a ghost light is that it reduces the risk of injury for someone who is in the theater after it closes. Sometimes theater personnel work late, or come in early, and the light can help them navigate until they turn additional lights on. Stages have a number of areas where people could be potentially injured by falling or tripping, and ghost lights reduce this risk. A light can also serve as a liability protection in the event that the theater is broken into, because if a burglar becomes injured while the ghost light is on, the theater may be able to claim that it is not responsible.

The superstitious tradition behind the light is ancient, dating back to at least the time of Shakespeare , and probably even older periods in theatrical history. According to legend, a candle would be left burning on the stage to dispel the ghosts of previous performances, especially if those performances had gone badly. The candle may also well have deterred people trying to break into the theater, of course, by suggesting that someone was present.

Modern theaters usually use a ghost light for liability reasons, but they may use a more mystical explanation for the light's presence. Some say that lights are left on to allow the ghosts in the theater to perform at night, for example, while others fall back on the tradition that the light is supposed to keep ghosts away. These conflicting superstitions about the ghost or spook light illustrate the complex and very superstitious culture which surrounds theatrical performance.

A traditional ghost light consists of a bare bulb, sometimes surrounded with a cage to reduce the risk of fire. The bulb is mounted on a movable pole or stand which is carried onto the stage at night and plugged into an outlet which is left on. Some theaters prefer to hang their lights from the ceiling, simply turning them on at night as staff leave rather than going through the ritual of carrying out the ghost light and plugging it in.

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I've often wondered if having a light on all the time also keeps the theater from "going dark", which, of course, refers to a theater closing it's doors for good.

Our community theater has a ghost light. Our technical director purchased one of those old post-type reading lamps that people used to have in their homes in the 1920's. Our house electrician dismantled the lamp, cleaned it and rewired it with an extra long power cord, and our light now graces our stage after rehearsals, between shows, etc.

Visitors to our theater enjoy hearing about the story of our ghost light and its purpose - primarily to allow us to find our way to the main dimmer racks backstage without taking an unexpected detour through the orchestra pit!

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June 7, 2020 / 9:58 AM EDT / CBS News

Actor André De Shields knew he was destined for a life on the stage; he told correspondent Mo Rocca he knew "when I was evicted from my mother's womb." And last year, at age 73, he won the Tony Award for his performance in "Hadestown," which also took top honors as Best Musical.

De Shields was performing eight shows a week, until this past March 12: "I go to sign in, and the production stage manager says, 'What are you doing here?' I said, 'I'm, well, reporting back to work.' She says, 'But there's no show tonight.'"

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And there haven't been any performances since. But the lights of Broadway haven't been entirely dimmed by the pandemic.

The seats may be empty, and the actors and crew nowhere to be seen, but every stage on Broadway has a lamp like the one burning continuously at the Walter Kerr Theatre (the home to "Hadestown"). It's called a ghost light, and it's a tradition that goes back to the late 1800s.

"A ghost light is a light that stays on inside the theatre, even when the house is dark, when a show's not going on, or when a show's not running," said Broadway producer and author Jennifer Ashley Tepper, who notes a ghost light serves a practical function:

"When the show ends and the theatre becomes dark, you have a light on so that the people that are visiting backstage, the people that are keeping up maintenance, can have a way to see, before the whole theater is lit again."

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As for the "ghost" part … "The more romantic history of ghost lights is, of course, that they're lit so that the ghosts will either have company and be able to move around freely, or to keep the ghosts away," she said. "So, there's a lot of legends about that in the theater!"

De Shields' earliest memory of a ghost light is a cherished one. It was 1974, and he was auditioning for the title role in "The Wiz": "The only light in the theatre was the ghost light, which was downstage center. And because the theatre was empty, you could hear your footsteps echo. You're walking on stage. Already, the alchemy, the magic, is sort of washing over you."

The song he sang, to the glow of the ghost light? "In the Midnight Hour":

I'm gonna wait 'til the midnight hour, when there is no one else around. I'm gonna wait 'til the midnight hour, when my love comes tumbling down.

Needless to say, he got the part.

Three-time Tony-winner Bernadette Peters is a living legend of Broadway. "You know, I've been in shows since I was nine years old," she said. "I just, you know, took it for granted. There was the ghost light, at night, when we'd close up."

She originated roles in "Sunday In the Park With George" and "Into the Woods," and starred in the 2003 revival of "Gypsy," where she shared the stage with a ghost light. "It's always there," Peters said. "And it does represent the theater. And it's always lit."

Rocca asked, "Do you think that that's a powerful symbol?"

"I do. Because, you know, we're going to come back at some point," she replied.

Before the shutdown, there were 31 shows running on Broadway, and eight which hadn't even opened to the public. These days the theater district is indeed ghostly … the sound of music replaced by the sound of silence. 

Veteran stage manager Peter Lawrence, who won a special Tony Award in 2013, was in rehearsal for a new show ("Trevor") when everything came to a stop: "It's like you're running a race and suddenly everybody says, 'Okay, stop and go home.' You think, 'Wait a minute …' I don't know how to describe it, Mo, but our regular clocks are off. That's all I can say.

"Most people that I know in the theater don't really fit anyplace else. You know, there's nothing else we could do other than the theater!" he laughed.

But during this extended intermission, some of Broadway's top talent has simply relocated, from the Great White Way to the World Wide Web, producing socially-distanced videos to raise money for various causes around the Broadway community, or just to entertain a homebound audience.

"Sunday Morning" Matinee has been a series of videos showing Broadway and musical talents, such as the cast of a recent revival of "A Chorus Line" performing together virtually:

Elsewhere online: The dance captain from the musical "Diana," Richard Gatta, has been baking Broadway pies for Instagram:

View this post on Instagram Broadway Sunday Bake Day... @thelionking edition. What a great show!! • • #richardgattapieartist #sundaybakeday #broadway #bake #broadwaybaker #lionking #lionkingpie #cherrypie #chocolatedough #playbill #broadwayworld #actor #disney #love #cook A post shared by Richard Gatta (@richardgatta) on May 24, 2020 at 3:56pm PDT

Rob McClure, who was set to open as "Mrs. Doubtfire," lovingly mocks orchestra conductors:

View this post on Instagram Episode 3. #conductorcam🎼 Vamps and Diction. #Hurricanemedley A post shared by Rob McClure (@mcclurerob) on May 5, 2020 at 11:28am PDT

There's even a "Tiger King" musical parody starring Tony-winner Kristin Chenoweth:

"There's just constantly some amazing video being made," said music director, actor and radio host Seth Rudetsky. "Everyone is connecting. So, in a sense we're extremely connected, and we feel very supportive of each other."

For Rudetsky, Broadway is family, which is why he and his husband James Wesley launched "Stars In the House," an online variety show which so far has raised more than $350,000 for the Actors Fund's services during the coronavirus crisis.

"Every day people keep donating," Rudetsky said. "Which is shocking, 'cause no one really has an income. I can't believe people are still donating, but they still are. So, it's been really amazing."

Some stars have still found a way to perform for live audiences. Brian Stokes Mitchell, who recovered from COVID-19, is giving back by singing out of his Upper West Side apartment window:

Bernadette Peters – who has been participating in various fundraising events, including the Stephen Sondheim 90th birthday celebration to benefit Artists Striving To End Poverty (ASTEP), and will soon bring her annual "Broadway Barks" event online this year – has become part of a nightly audience cheering for New York City's healthcare workers. 

"The first time I went out there, I was so overwhelmed I had to go inside," she said. "And then I thought, 'Oh, no, I'm going to film this. This is amazing. This is so beautiful!"

View this post on Instagram Tonight 7:00. First responders 🙏🙏🙏 A post shared by Bernadette Peters (@officialbernadettepeters) on Apr 4, 2020 at 4:08pm PDT

She said, "We can't get the applause. So, now we're giving the applause, to people that deserve applause."

It's not clear when curtains will rise again. The Broadway League is hoping for a January 2021 restart. 

Peters said, "I'm so looking forward to 'Mrs. Doubtfire,' and then 'Company.' And we're waiting for 'Music Man.' I mean, all those shows, we need 'em!"

Peter Lawrence told Rocca, "This is gonna sound hopelessly sentimental what I'm gonna say to you, but they're waiting for us."

But Lawrence is certain the theatres will reopen. After all, they've left the light on!

"There's a warm heart on that stage," he said. "And those theatres are waiting for us to come back – and I'm very grateful they are."

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  • "Broadway Barks"  (Bernadette Petters will participate in  a live streamed performance on broadwaycares.org July 17  to benefit Broadway Barks)
  • Bernadette Peters will also take part in  an online streaming benefit concert for Broadway Cares on July 10
  • "Stars In the House"  with Seth Rudetsky & James Wesley
  • The Broadway League

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For more information about ghost lights, check out my book A Survey of North American Spooklights: Eyewitness Accounts and Information on 20 Anomalous Lights , available on Amazon in ebook and paperback. Below is a condensed version of the book.

You may have seen ghost lights before, or heard about their existence in a location near you. Usually this phenomenon is described as a glowing ball or balls of light. The lights seem to come in every color of the rainbow, although at some sites the balls emit only one or two colors of light. The lights can sparkle, be stationary or in motion, high in the air or low to the ground. Generally the lights are said to exhibit some sort of bizarre behavior, such as vanishing or displaying evasive action when one moves too close to them.

Ghost lights have also been called will o’ the wisps, spooklights, and earthlights. Mysterious light phenomena such as will o’ the wisps have been well-known and documented for centuries in Europe. The lights are often seen in boggy or swampy areas, which has led to speculation that they are caused by natural ignition of volatile swamp gases.

In the United States, the most ghost lights are found in the southern and western portions of the country. The lights are fixed to a specific location, often near railroad tracks, and the local geography may include forested, mountainous, or swampy terrain–usually, although not always, an environment that engenders limited visibility and prevents direct sight lines. Unlike other forms of strange phenomena, ghost lights are comparatively reliable in their appearance, and in some places the lights have been the subject of scientific study.

Many theories and legends surround these mysterious lights. Some scientific attempts at explaining the lights include reflections from nearby traffic or towns, ignited gas from marshland, and, where ghost lights exist near faultlines, some sort of sub-atomic particle reactions. Common folktales told by the locals usually involve ghostly Indian braves, phantom trains and their decapitated railway workers, murdered women and/or children, or buried miners–tragic figures that can be connected with a lamp or torch. Unfortunately, encroaching development in many communities has seemed to extinguish some of the old reliable ghost lights, indicating that the lights probably do have a natural explanation. In fact, a few of the locations described in older stories I received effectively no longer exist due to civilization moving in.

I personally visited one of these sites in late 2017 and the narrow “ghost road” described in the reports I’d received in the 1990s and 2000s had been expanded and the vegetation cut back. The improved visibility in the area revealed an obvious source of the ghost lights—a road that ran exactly parallel to the one I parked on. It was easy to see how headlights filtering through the formerly thickly-wooded area could have seemed more mysterious in the past. Unsurprisingly, a sighting hasn’t been reported there in many years.

Unlike other paranormal or supernatural phenomena, ghost lights can be objectively observed by more than one party at a time. They show up reliably, display more or less consistent characteristics, and can be captured on film. Although their origin may be a matter of debate, the lights are not imaginary. This makes them unique in the sense that they can be categorized and studied, at least to some extent.

Spooklights in America and Canada are heavily tied to car culture. Most of the ghost light sites were not popular until after the advent of the modern automobile in the last six decades of the 20 th century. Much of the folklore attached to the lights comes with “instructions” for calling them with one’s vehicle. Typically, this is performed by parking the car in a certain spot and flashing the headlights a prescribed number of times. This theme is so prevalent that it’s unusual to find a ghost light location that doesn’t “require” the light-calling as part of the ritual of visiting.

In his book  Handbook of Unusual Natural Phenomena , William R. Corliss divides “nocturnal lights” into five categories: Will-o’-the-wisps, ghost lights, hot natural flames, UFO-like lights, and physiological and psychic lights. This website concerns itself with the first two categories.

CHARACTERISTICS OF GHOST LIGHTS

Ghost lights exhibit a variety of characteristics, with lights at different sites showing their own patterns. Individual experiences are widely disparate, but the following represent the most typical characteristics shown across all surveyed lights.

Ghost lights can come in any color, but the most common color reported is white. Next most common are yellow, orange, and blue, with red and green not far behind. The lights at many sites are reported to come in a variety of colors or shift colors as they shine.

Movements can be roughly categorized into quick movements and slow movements. In the majority of cases, slow movement consists of a swaying or bobbing motion, or a meandering drift at a pace no quicker than a human walk. Quick movements, on the other hand, comprise flitting, bouncing, shooting upwards, or even moving at incredible speed (with the latter usually observed from a distance). Some lights are described as blinking out and then reappearing within seconds much closer to the observer. The strangest characteristic of ghost lights is the seeming tendency of some of them to either approach or avoid the observer.

This is the most inconsistent attribute of ghost lights, with reports ranging from a single, relatively stationary light to hundreds of lights at once. The number of lights observed seems somewhat–although not perfectly–related to the distance at which they are observed. For instance, most multi-light sightings take place from a great distance, such as looking down into a valley or up at a mountain, while many (although by no means all) of the single lights are seen at a much closer range.

Size and Shape

The majority of lights seem to be smaller than the human body, with the average size range perhaps between that of a baseball and a large beach ball. Not all lights follow this rule. Some are described as huge balls of light, while others are described as rod-shaped or “whirling”. However, the majority seem not to be too large.

Twinkling, flickering, and glowing–these are the three words most often associated with ghost lights. Brightness thus varies, but in many cases is described as bright enough to read by. Ghost lights can fade out gradually or disappear in an instant.

OTHER NAMES FOR GHOST LIGHTS

Ghost lights have many names. Following are some of the other terms you may have heard in connection to this phenomenon.

Spooklights

The derivation of this name is obvious, as many ghost lights are associated with ghostly legends. The seemingly intelligent behavior of some ghost lights can also be quite spooky!

Ignis Fatuus

This term has been in use for well over a century in the literature, if not considerably longer. Translated from the Latin into colloquial English, it means “Fool’s Fire”, likely a nod to the fact that most ghost lights are, in fact, cool rather than warm.

Earthlights

According to  Sean Palmer , this term was invented by Paul Devereux in 1982. The term earth lights is often used to refer specifically to light phenomena produced by seismic activity.

Nocturnal Lights

William Corliss notes in his  Handbook of Unusual Natural Phenomenon  (page 68) that this term came from UFO literature.

Will-o’-the-Wisps

Will o’ the wisps are a specific form of ghost lights, those which hover over or close to marshes or swamps. Will o’ the wisps are most often explained away as ignited swamp gas.

Fairy Lights

This is a term used in Europe to refer to either will-o’-the-wisps or mysterious lights that are found in and around wooded areas.

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Ghost light is a lighting technique that photographer Ibai Acevedo ( @ibai ) discovered while trying to find the best way to light his models and control the light as much as possible, both how it is perceived and how it appears.

Imagine you want to photograph a person using a diffuser, playing with the light and shadows. Given that you need the light source to be close to your model in order to achieve the right lighting, surely the light source will be visible in the frame?

Well, Ibai discovered that it’s possible to light your model without showing your light source. He does this by creating a layered composition as if it were a collage. This gives you the power to decide what you want and don't want to show in the photograph: he calls this technique “ghost light”.

Photograph by Ibai Acevedo using the ghost light technique.

What’s the secret?

An invisible cut. The trick is to hide the source of light that's shining on your model so that the viewer can’t see where the light’s coming from. This technique achieves a sense of reality and bewilderment, as you see the model lit up, but the light source doesn’t appear in the frame.

Photograph by Ibai Acevedo using the ghost light technique.

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Ghostlighting Is The New WTF Dating Trend To Watch Out For

It's no joke, people.

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You rightfully decide to put on your assertive pants and call the person out (in a kind way, of course), letting them know that they sorta hurt your feelings and you'd prefer them to be straight-up with you about why they're pulling away. At first confrontation, they have the nerve to turn it back on you. Da f*ck?? For your information, they say, they weren’t ghosting you at all—"just busy!"—and you’re paranoid for thinking it.

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but they’re ghostlighting you, and it’s not okay.

Wait, wait, wait...what is ghost lighting ?

Maybe it’s obvious, but “ghostlighting” is the combination of two dating/relationship phenomena you’re likely already familiar with (unfortunately). First there’s ghosting, when someone you’re talking to suddenly dips out without explanation—literally, no word. The second is gaslighting , a very real form of emotional abuse.

“It’s a series of manipulation tactics with a goal of making the person feel like they’re going crazy, or that they can’t trust themselves,” psychologist and author Stephanie Sarkis, PhD says. With ghostlighting, the person will either cut off all communication or create so much distance from your usual text/call/hang routine that the shift is palpable. Then when you bring it up in an effort for clarity, they’ll try to make you doubt your reality.

Of course, it’s natural to want to know why someone suddenly disappears from your life, especially when things seemed to have been going well. The problem is, you’re probably not going to get a satisfying answer. Never mind that the ghostlighter could give you quite a dizzying one, since it's not in their emotional capacity to tell you the truth.

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"That person is trying to manipulate you and create guilt to make you feel like it’s not their fault," Sarkis says. "That way, they can absolve themselves from any responsibility." She says gaslighters typically use verbiage like absolutes (“You never seemed interested” or “You always think people are ignoring you”). They turn the focus on you instead of owning up to their actions, either making you feel needy AF or as though you pushed them into needing space. (Know this: You didn't.)

A ghostlighter might even give you a cue or two of their true nature during your initial time together, but you might not notice it if you're smitten. One prime example: They shower you with attention, only to jump to the other extreme shortly after. “They try to reel you in, and if they feel that you’re not falling for their manipulation, they drop you like a hot potato,” Sarkis says.

Honestly, why do people have to be like this?

Ghosts are passive and avoid confrontation like the plague, relationship therapist Aimee Hartstein , LCSW, says. So it only makes sense they won’t respond well when you ask where they went. “If they didn’t have the confidence or nerve to be straight with you in the first place, their first instinct might be to deny everything,” she says.

There’s not a great chance that they’ll be vulnerable with you about their past behavior, and it might even trigger a nastier response. Sarkis says there are generally two types of people who gaslight. For some, it’s a learned behavior from their parents. For others, they just want control.

Wait a minute...what if this sounds like me?

Then it’s time for some soul-searching, sis. If you avoid ending a fling you're no longer into yourself and wait for the other person to do it, Sarkis says to figure out why. “Are you trying to completely avoid responsibility by making the other person feel like it’s their fault? What are you gaining from it?” she says. This can be the first step in working through that not-cool behavior.

The only exception is if you’re in an abusive relationship—then it’s totally okay (and probably best) to go MIA to cut off that toxicity and heal from your trauma, stat.

So what do I do if I'm a victim of ghostlighting?

Two words: Move. On.

Sorting through a ghostlighter’s jabs can be disorienting, so hold onto your instincts in a mental death grip. “If you know the level and quality of communication has dramatically changed,” Hartstein says, “it’s important to stay firm in your own observations.” As the meme goes: Listen to vibes, not words.

Seriously, do everything you can not to fall for a ghostlighter’s manipulation. Let's say that after being defensive, they pull a wild card and tell you they still like you but they're just overwhelmed with work and life. It can be tempting to believe that you were just overthinking everything and that you're fine with their disappearing act, since it's "only temporary," and you don't want to give up on them just yet. But you know your truth. Gut instincts exist for a reason: to protect you. If something feels off, it almost always is.

Besides, whether they like you or not is actually irrelevant in this case. Ghostlighting is a major red flag and doesn’t reflect what a healthy partner should be: honest, attentive, and a good communicator. At the end of the day, don’t take things personally, either. “It’s not a statement about yourself or who you are as a person,” Sarkis says. “It’s a statement about their inability to behave appropriately.” Remember that if you start to feel rejected.

I know it sucks, but have peace in knowing that you dodged a bullet—the bullet being someone who lacks the emotional maturity for a real relationship.

“Lick your wounds,” Hartstein says. “When you’re ready, you can move on to someone else who is more open and available.” The right partner won't make you doubt your "something is up" instincts—or even disappear long enough to make you have them. Wait for that person. They'll be worth it.

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What is a Ghost Light

Have you ever heard of a ghost light in the theater? What is a Ghost Light? A ghost light is an illuminated bulb that is left on stage, typically at center-stage or in the middle of a theater, after performances and rehearsals have been completed for that day.

With its seemingly supernatural presence, it’s no surprise that these mysterious fixtures are often associated with ghost stories and urban legends. But why was this unusual tradition born — and what purpose does it really serve?

In this article, we’ll explore the fascinating history behind this iconic theatrical fixture as well as debunk some common myths about what truly lies beneath its glowing aura.

Read on to learn more about the mysteries surrounding this mesmerizing piece of theatrical equipment!

What is a Ghost Light in a Theater?

A ghost light is a bare bulb left burning on stage when the theater is closed. It serves as a nightlight to prevent accidents, and some say it also wards off ghosts.

The tradition of the ghost light dates back to the days of vaudeville and has been passed down through generations of theater people.

While the origins of the ghost light are unclear, its purpose is clear: to keep theaters safe and spirit-free.

Where did the ghostlight come from?

The ghost light is an interesting phenomenon, shrouded in mystery and spooky lore.

Its origin is a matter of speculation, but many argue the ghost light has been around for centuries.

Scholars point to its presence in theater production, suggesting it was used in old playhouses and opera houses.

Historical records support this theory, offering insights into its purpose: to keep wandering spirits away from the stage and protect actors from harm.

How a Ghost Light can help improve theater safety

Ghost lights are a unique and necessary piece of equipment used in theaters. These ghost lights are sturdy lamps that are left on center stage during periods when the stage is not in use.

They provide a soft source of light and create an inviting atmosphere while also helping to increase safety measures.

By leaving ghost lights illuminated on the empty stage, theater staff can deter unwanted visitors or accidental intrusions by providing increased visibility as well as discouraging tripping hazards hidden in darkness.

In addition to boosting visibility and preventing unexpected entry, ghost lights help protect theatrical backdrops, props, and other set pieces from potential theft or damage that may occur because of minimal light sources available during off-hours.

Ghost lights ultimately promote theater safety by illuminating a welcome aura for rehearsing or performing actors while also deterring would-be intruders from entering the stage space.

When did Theaters Start using the Ghost Light?

The ghost light has been a tradition in theaters since the beginning of live performances.

It is thought to have originated in the late 19th century when theaters began using gas lighting for their productions.

As safety regulations required that the theater be completely dark during performance, the ghost light served as an illuminated item onstage to ensure the visibility of any dangerous objects and provide a sense of security for backstage crew at late night rehearsals.

Today, ghost lights can still be found on stage in virtually every theater around the world – a testament to theater’s rich history and culture!

Why Ghost Lights are an important theatrical tool?

Ghost lights have been a staple of theatrical tradition for centuries. They are the single source of light on an otherwise dark stage and give a sense of life to a theater when it’s empty.

Yet ghost lights have a far greater purpose than simply setting the mood; they protect both the actors, crew and theater itself.

Not only does it keep people from tripping over onstage set pieces during tech rehearsals, but ghost lights also help crews locate obstructions or safety hazards in low light conditions.

Indirectly, ghost lights act as protectors when they remind people that the theater should not be used as a storage closet or meeting place outside of rehearsal hours – that way all cast and crew members can feel safe entering their work environment without fear of anything misplaced or hazardous lurking in the shadows.

Ghost Lights are an important tool

Does every theater have a ghost?

Theater is full of exciting energy and thrilling stories, which have captivated audiences for centuries. As a result, folklore has it that ghostly spirits are still roaming the halls of many grand venues.

Whether or not these ghost stories are entirely true or exaggerated remains an open question.

One thing for certain is that all theaters come with their own ghost light, a single lit bulb that attempts to ward off any potential ghostly guests unknowingly invited on stage.

Such stories make up part of the theater’s story-telling history and bring communal theater-goers together in anticipation and mystery.

In this article we’ve outlined what Ghost Lights are, how they can help improve theater safety, and why they are such an important tool for any stage production.

Have you ever worked on or seen a production that utilized Ghost Lights? Let us know about your experience in the comments below!

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Al Harper was a scientist who befriended the Silver Surfer and valiantly sacrificed himself to save the Earth from the Stranger . [4] However, the Stranger captured his life force for experimentation and enhanced him with nanobots, which he now uses as the cosmically and technologically powered Ghost Light . [2]

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Early Life [ ]

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Al Harper was a brilliant man who graduated from M.I.T. with multiple PhDs, including in physics, engineering, and material science. However, he lost his chance at a tenure as a physics professor when one of his mentors stole and published his work, resulting in Al Harper punching him in a fit of rage. Out of employment and desperate for money for his wife and son , he joined the Scarlet Sector of Advanced Idea Mechanics , where he studied to control cosmic energy and designed weapons for them. He was ashamed of this so he isolated himself in a small town called Sweetwater , New York . Eventually, his wife stopped taking the money he sent to her and left him with their son. [5] Al Harper remained in Sweetwater and kept a secret lab beneath his house. [3]

Meeting the Silver Surfer & Death [ ]

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With the Silver Surfer

When Al Harper was out collecting rocks in the woods one day, an unconscious Silver Surfer fell out of the sky and landed at his feet. Al carried him to his cabin, and laid him in a bed until the Surfer came to. When Al learned of the barrier around the planet preventing the Surfer from escaping, he offered to help. He designed a device to simultaneously mask the Surfer's molecular structure, and confuse the barrier. Before the device could be fully tested, however, the Stranger appeared and declared his intention to destroy all life on the planet with a Null-Life Bomb . [4]

Al and the Surfer quickly switched tasks. Luckily, Al had modified a Geiger scope to react to unearthly substances. While the Surfer fought with the Stranger, Al found the bomb. As he tried to disarm the bomb, he discovered that any tampering caused it to release a smoky, acidic vapor. He continued disarming the bomb, despite the risk to his own life and Al saved humanity at the cost of his own life. Once he was buried by his fellow humans, the Surfer lit a fire over the grave, which he proclaimed would burn as long as the Earth endured. [4]

Ghost Light [ ]

Unbeknownst to all, Al Harper survived when the Stranger 's device snatched his life force and materialized it in the Stranger's Labworld . The circumstances of his "death" and secret kidnapping were erased from the minds of Earth's denizens by the Stranger in a phenomenon called the "Sweetwater Gap." [2] [6] For over a decade, he endured the cruel experiments of the mad cosmic scientist. [2] However, the Stranger, a composite being of countless Gigantians , was growing unstable and his mind was beginning to unsync. A small fraction of his minds that remained stable called the Inner Faction scanned Al Harper's mind and discovered he could fix him. The Inner Faction then hid himself in Al, sent him back to Earth to his original body, and altered the nanobots he had placed inside Al to use the Surfer's flame on his grave as a power source. [7]

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Al Harper manifested on Earth with new cosmic and technological abilities. [2] He was found by his sister 's family, who had moved to his home in Sweetwater, and the Silver Surfer, who noticed his technology that was accidentally fired by Harper's niece and nephew. [3] However, A.I.M.'s Scarlet Sector also took notice of the energy signature and came to Sweetwater to retrieve their former employee, but they were no match for Harper's nanobots. Soon after, the Stranger's Inner Faction emerged out of Al's body to explain the situation and Harper reluctantly agreed to help. [7] The deranged main Stranger tried to recapture Harper, [2] and he later used the A.I.M. scientist Dr. Sombra Solomon as his avatar. [6] Harper and the Surfer stalled the Stranger while his niece and nephew activated Harper's device to resync the Stranger's mind. After the battle, the Stranger returned things back to normal, apologized profusely, and left Harper with a gift that he dare not open. Harper helped his niece and nephew adjust to the abilities they had gained from this ordeal. He then went to visit his ex-wife, who had remarried, and his son. [8]

Nanobots: Al Harper has nanobots implanted in him by the Stranger which he can control as if they are a part of him. [2] When the Stranger's Inner Faction sent Al to his grave on Earth, the nanobots became powered by the Power Cosmic that the Silver Surfer left by his grave, as per the Stranger's intent. [7] With this, Al emits and can absorb Power Cosmic. [2] Since the flame the Silver Surfer made was connected to the life on Earth, so is Al. [6]

  • Technopathy: He can scan, communicate with, upgrade, reconfigure, and disable technology, including weapons. [5]
  • Matter Manipulation: He can rearrange matter and change his appearance at will. [2]
  • Energy Projection: He can fire energy blasts from his eyes and hands. [8]
  • Flight: He can fly and travel long distances. [8]
  • Al Harper is called "Ghost Light" in the comic previews of Silver Surfer: Ghost Light , but he is yet to use it on-panel as his alias. He does say the words in Silver Surfer: Ghost Light #2 though.
  • After Al's supposed death, [4] the Silver Surfer visited his grave every year. [2]
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  • ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 Silver Surfer #5
  • ↑ 5.0 5.1 Silver Surfer: Ghost Light #2 – 3
  • ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 Silver Surfer: Ghost Light #4
  • ↑ 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 Silver Surfer: Ghost Light #3
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Phasmophobia Ghost Cheat Sheet Guide

Use our Phasmophobia ghost cheat sheet to help make your investigations a little easier.

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There are 24 ghosts for you to investigate in Phasmophobia , each of them with their own combination of evidences and behaviors. It takes a long time to get used to the differences between ghosts. You only need to memorize that information on Nightmare and Insanity modes, but on Professional and below, you can get by using a good guide. We’ve got our own Phasmophobia ghost cheat sheet down below for you to peruse mid-investigation and make your life a bit easier.

Phasmophobia Ghost Cheat Sheet

  • Evidence: EMF 5, Spirit Box, Ghost Writing
  • Sanity Threshold: 50%
  • Hunt Movement Speed: 1.7 meters per second
  • A Spirit won’t hunt for 180 seconds after being smudged with incense, rather than the normal 90 seconds for other ghosts.

Poltergeist

  • Evidence: Ultraviolet, Spirit Box, Ghost Writing
  • Poltergeists are more likely to throw objects and mess with doors than most other ghosts.
  • Poltergeists throw objects with more force than other ghosts.
  • Poltergeists will also throw objects frequently during hunts.
  • Evidence: Ghost Writing, Spirit Box, Ghost Writing
  • Sanity Threshold: 60% (lights off in ghost room), 40% (lights on in ghost room)
  • Mares hate light, so they’re more likely to turn off lights and trigger ghost events where light bulbs burst.
  • Mares prefer to be in dark rooms, so you’ll see flickering lights in lit rooms less often.
  • Mares hate light but can still turn on radios, TVs, and computers just as well as other ghosts.
  • Evidence: Ultraviolet, Ghost Writing, Freezing Temps
  • Sanity Threshold: Any
  • Demons can hunt at any sanity, and they will.
  • Demons are able to hunt only 20 seconds after finishing a hunt, meaning they can do so more frequently than any other ghost.
  • Demons can trigger a hunt a mere 60 seconds after being smudged with incense, with the normal amount of time being 90 seconds.
  • Evidence: DOTS Projector, Spirit Box, Ghost Orbs
  • Sanity Threshold: 50%, 80% (if talking near the ghost)
  • Yokai are made more active by talking in their vicinity and will hunt much sooner.
  • Yokai detect electronics during hunts at a much shorter range than other ghosts, only detecting them at 2.5 meters or less.
  • Evidence: EMF 5, Ultraviolet, Ghost Writing
  • Myling are perceptibly quiet when they hunt, you’ll only be able to hear their footsteps and voice when they are within 12 meters of your location.
  • Myling are more prone to making noise through the Parabolic Microphone.
  • Evidence: EMF 5, DOTS Projector, Ghost Orbs
  • Sanity Threshold: 50%, 65% (if near active electronics)
  • Hunt Movement Speed: 1.7 meters per second, up to 2.5 meters per second
  • Raiju won’t just hunt at a higher sanity threshold when near active electronics, it also moves faster when hunting near them.
  • Raiju can be easily discerned during hunts based on their fluctuating movement speeds, based on the electronics you’ve left on.
  • Electronics flicker at a longer range (15 meters) during a Raiju hunt than normal (10 meters)
  • Evidence: Ghost Writing, Freezing Temperatures, Spirit Box
  • Hunt Movement Speed: 1.7 meters per second, up to 3.7 meters per second
  • Moroi curse whoever gets the ghost to respond on the Spirit Box, effectively doubling their sanity drain for the rest of the investigation.
  • Moroi move faster when the team’s sanity is at lower levels. Its maximum speed when at low sanity and in its line of sight is the fastest of all ghosts and extremely dangerous.
  • Moroi are blinded by being smudged with incense during a hunt for a couple seconds longer than other ghosts.
  • Evidence: EMF 5, DOTS Projector, Spirit Box
  • Wraiths won’t step in salt even if they pass over it.
  • Wraiths will occasionally teleport to players when it’s not hunting, which gives an EMF reading. They’ll then roam back to their room.
  • Wraiths can trigger hunts after teleporting, so their hunts will not necessarily start in or around the ghost room.
  • Evidence: Ultraviolet, DOTS Projector, Ghost Orbs
  • Banshees will choose a new player to single out at the start of an investigation, which it will target during hunts and roam to find otherwise.
  • Banshees will not actively chase any other player during hunts unless their target dies, after which it’ll target someone else. If their target is outside, they will then hunt like normal.
  • Banshees will scream into the Parabolic Microphone rather than make other sounds.
  • Banshees only take their target’s sanity into account rather than the entire team’s. If their target’s sanity is 50% or lower, it can hunt.
  • Evidence: Ghost Writing, Freezing Temperatures, Ghost Orbs
  • Hunt Movement Speed: 1.0 meters per second, up to 3.0 meters per second
  • Revenants speed up to a blistering three meters per second if they know where any players are, but they slow down to a snail’s pace otherwise.
  • Revenants’ speed burst lasts until they reach the last spot they detected a player.
  • Evidence: Freezing Temperatures, DOTS Projector, Ghost Orbs
  • Smudging a Yurei with incense will trap it in the ghost room for one minute.
  • Yurei can fully close doors without triggering a full ghost event, which drains nearby players’ sanity by 15%.
  • Yurei are the only ghosts that can close the door leading outside of the building without triggering a hunt or a full ghost event.
  • Evidence: Freezing Temperatures, Ultraviolet, Ghost Orbs
  • Hunt Movement Speed: 1.4 meters per second, up to 2.7 meters per second (based on room temperature)
  • When hunting, the Hantu’s breath can be seen regardless of room temperature.
  • Hantu move faster during hunts the colder it is, with temps under 0 degrees Celcius (32 Fahrenheit) granting the 2.7 meters per second cap.
  • Hantu have twice the chance of turning off the power breaker than other ghosts and aren’t able to turn it on.
  • Line of sight does not affect Hantu movement speed during hunts.
  • Evidence: Freezing Temperatures, Spirit Box, Ghost Orbs
  • Sanity Threshold: 60%, Any (if blowing out Firelights)
  • Firelight and Lighter flames function like Crucifixes for Onryo, but it’ll hunt regardless of team sanity levels if it blows out three flames. It can do this multiple times in one investigation, and flames blown out during a hunt or to prevent one count toward this tally.
  • Onyro increasingly blow out flames the more players are dead.
  • Onryo can hunt at any sanity level if there are flames present in the investigation area for it them to blow out.
  • Evidence: EMF 5, Ultraviolet, Ghost Orbs
  • Obake have a guaranteed chance to change their model at least once during a hunt.
  • Obake only grant a 75% chance to leave Ultraviolet evidence behind when interacting with doors and lights, rather than the normal 100%. They also have an ability to halve the timers on lingering Ultraviolet evidence.
  • Obake have a small chance to leave a special handprint on doors they interact with, the print having six fingers instead of five.
  • Evidence: Ghost Writing, DOTS Projector, Spirit Box
  • Sanity Threshold: 40%
  • Hunt Movement Speed: 0.4 meters per second, up to 3 meters per second
  • Deogen can give a unique heavy breathing response on the Spirit Box.
  • Deogen can see through walls, and as such, it can’t be hidden from. It will chase the nearest player, occasionally checking during a hunt to see who is closest and changing to target them.
  • Deogen slow down the closer they get to a player.
  • Evidence: DOTS Projector, Ultraviolet, Spirit Box
  • Phantoms can roam to a player and trigger an EMF 2 reaction.
  • Phantoms flicker in and out of visibility more slowly during hunts than other ghosts, making them harder to see and keep track of.
  • Phantoms can’t be photographed. Taking a picture of a Phantom during a ghost event will cause it to disappear, though the event will continue.
  • Phantoms will also disappear when you take a picture of their form in the DOTS Projector.
  • Players within 10 meters and in line of sight during a ghost event will experience increased sanity drain.
  • Evidence: EMF 5, Ultraviolet, Freezing Temperatures
  • Hunt Movement Speed: 1.5 meters per second, up to 2.5 meters per second
  • Jinns can’t turn off the power breaker on their own, though it can still be overloaded by turning on too many lights.
  • Jinns have the ability to drain the sanity of every player in the same room it’s in by a whopping 25%. The ability is only possible when the power breaker is on, and it gives an EMF 2 or EMF 5 reading at the power breaker.
  • The 2.5 meter top speed is only met when a Jinn hunts with the power breaker on, has line of sight on a player, and if it’s a bit away from its target.
  • Evidence: EMF 5, Ghost Writing, Freezing Temperatures
  • Sanity Threshold: 35%
  • Shades can’t manifest or hunt when in the same room as a player. They can move to another room and do either, though.
  • Shades have a higher chance of interacting at lower sanity levels, with barely any chance at all at high ones.
  • Evidence: EMF 5, Freezing Temperatures, DOTs Projector
  • Hunt Movement Speed: 50%
  • Oni are visible for longer between flashes during hunts.
  • Oni are more active the more people there are around, and they are prone to manifesting fairly regularly regardless.
  • Oni drain 20% of a player’s sanity when touching them during a ghost event. Normally this drains 10%.
  • Evidence: EMF 5, Ultraviolet, DOTS Projector
  • Goyro can’t change ghost rooms regardless of difficulty level.
  • Goryo won’t show up on DOTS with a player in the room, and they have to be seen through a video camera.
  • Evidence: EMF 5, Freezing Temperatures, Spirit Box
  • Hunt Movement Speed: 1.5 meters per second, up to 1.8 meters per second
  • The Twins interact at the ghost room and at a ranged location elsewhere on the map.
  • The Twins have a hunt movement speed of 1.8 meters per second when starting a hunt from the ghost room, and 1.5 meters per second when starting from the decoy.
  • The decoy room can’t give Freezing Temps or EMF 5.
  • The Twins interact with their environment one after the other, one at the actual ghost and the other at the decoy’s location.
  • Evidence: Freezing Temperatures, Ultraviolet, Spirit Box (plus fake Ghost Orbs)
  • Sanity Threshold: Varies
  • Hunt Movement Speed: Varies
  • Mimics always provide a fourth fake Ghost Orb evidence.
  • Mimics will change the sort of ghost they’re imitating very often, but not during hunts.
  • Mimics’ sanity thresholds, hunt movement speeds, and abilities will change based on the ghost they’re copying. They can even leave Obake-like handprints.
  • Evidence: Ghost Writing, DOTS Projector, Ghost Orbs
  • Sanity Threshold: 75%
  • Hunt Movement Speed: 1.0 meters per second, up to 2.75 meters per second
  • Thayes grow “older” as an investigation goes on and become less active and hunt more slowly as they age. They age up every minute or two, depending.
  • Thayes do not speed up when they have line of sight on you during hunts.

That’s it for our complete Phasmophobia ghost cheat sheet . Hopefully, this helps you figure out the ghosts faster, it all takes practice and a lot of passive learning. Look for more Phasmophobia guides here on GameSkinny.

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Hubble Detects Mysterious Ghostly Glow Surrounding Our Solar System 

By Space Telescope Science Institute December 10, 2022

Hubble Detects Ghostly Glow Surrounding Our Solar System

This artist’s illustration shows the location and size of a hypothetical cloud of dust surrounding our solar system. Credit: NASA, ESA, Andi James (STScI)

Exhaust from Infalling Comets Makes Space a Dusty Place

Imagine walking into a room at night, turning off all the lights, and closing the shades. Yet an eerie glow comes from the walls, ceiling, and floor. The faint light is barely enough to see your hands before your face, but it persists.

Sounds like a scene out of “Ghost Hunters?” No, for astronomers this is the real deal. However, looking for something that’s close to nothing is not easy. Astronomers searched through 200,000 archival images from Hubble Space Telescope and made tens of thousands of measurements on these images to look for any residual background glow in the sky. Like turning out the lights in a room, they subtracted the light from stars, galaxies, planets, and even the zodiacal light. (Zodiacal light is a faint glow of diffuse sunlight scattered by interplanetary dust.) Surprisingly, a ghostly, feeble glow was left over. It’s equivalent to the steady light of ten fireflies spread across the entire sky.

Where’s that coming from?

One possible explanation is that a shell of dust envelops our solar system all the way out to Pluto , and is reflecting sunlight. Seeing airborne dust caught in sunbeams is no surprise when cleaning the house. But this must have a more exotic origin. Because the glow is so smoothy distributed, the likely source is innumerable comets – free-flying dusty snowballs of ice. They fall in toward the Sun from all different directions, spewing out an exhaust of dust as the ices sublimate due to heat from the Sun. If real, this would be a newly discovered architectural element of the solar system. It has remained invisible until very imaginative and curious astronomers, and the power of Hubble, came along.

Hubble Detects Ghostly Glow Surrounding Our Solar System Annotated

This artist’s illustration shows the location and size of a hypothetical cloud of dust surrounding our solar system. Astronomers searched through 200,000 images and made tens of thousands of measurements from Hubble Space Telescope to discover a residual background glow in the sky. Because the glow is so smoothly distributed, the likely source is innumerable comets – free-flying dusty snowballs of ice. They fall in toward the Sun from all different directions, spewing out an exhaust of dust as the ices sublimate due to heat from the Sun. If real, this would be a newly discovered architectural element of the solar system. Credit: NASA, ESA, Andi James (STScI)

Hubble Space Telescope Detects Ghostly Glow Surrounding Our Solar System 

Aside from a tapestry of glittering stars, and the glow of the waxing and waning Moon, the nighttime sky looks inky black to the casual observer. But how dark is dark?

To find out, astronomers decided to sort through 200,000 images from NASA ’s Hubble Space Telescope and made tens of thousands of measurements on these images to look for any residual background glow in the sky, in an ambitious project called SKYSURF. This would be any leftover light after subtracting the glow from planets, stars, galaxies, and from dust in the plane of our solar system (called zodiacal light).

When researchers completed this inventory, they found an exceedingly tiny excess of light, equivalent to the steady glow of 10 fireflies spread across the entire sky. That’s like turning out all the lights in a shuttered room and still finding an eerie glow coming from the walls, ceiling, and floor.

Zodiacal Light in Skull Valley Utah

This photo shows the zodiacal light as it appeared on March 1, 2021, in Skull Valley, Utah. The Pleiades star cluster is visible near the top of the light column. Mars is just below that. Credit: NASA/Bill Dunford

The researchers say that one possible explanation for this residual glow is that our inner solar system contains a tenuous sphere of dust from comets that are falling into the solar system from all directions, and that the glow is sunlight reflecting off this dust. If real, this dust shell could be a new addition to the known architecture of the solar system.

This idea is bolstered by the fact that in 2021 another team of astronomers used data from NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft to also measure the sky background. New Horizons flew by Pluto in 2015, and a small Kuiper belt object in 2018, and is now heading into interstellar space. The New Horizons measurements were done at a distance of 4 billion to 5 billion miles from the Sun. This is well outside the realm of the planets and asteroids where there is no contamination from interplanetary dust.

New Horizons detected something a bit fainter that is apparently from a more distant source than Hubble detected. The source of the background light seen by New Horizons also remains unexplained. There are numerous theories ranging from the decay of dark matter to a huge unseen population of remote galaxies.

“If our analysis is correct there’s another dust component between us and the distance where New Horizons made measurements. That means this is some kind of extra light coming from inside our solar system,” said Tim Carleton, of Arizona State University (ASU).

“Because our measurement of residual light is higher than New Horizons we think it is a local phenomenon that is not from far outside the solar system. It may be a new element to the contents of the solar system that has been hypothesized but not quantitatively measured until now,” said Carleton.

Hubble veteran astronomer Rogier Windhorst, also of ASU, first got the idea to assemble Hubble data to go looking for any “ghost light.” “More than 95% of the photons in the images from Hubble’s archive come from distances less than 3 billion miles from Earth. Since Hubble’s very early days, most Hubble users have discarded these sky-photons, as they are interested in the faint discrete objects in Hubble’s images such as stars and galaxies,” said Windhorst. “But these sky-photons contain important information which can be extracted thanks to Hubble’s unique ability to measure faint brightness levels to high precision over its three decades of lifetime.”

A number of graduate and undergraduate students contributed to project SKYSURF, including Rosalia O’Brien, Delondrae Carter and Darby Kramer at ASU, Scott Tompkins at the University of Western Australia, Sarah Caddy at Macquarie University in Australia, and many others.

The team’s research papers are published in The Astronomical Journal and The Astrophysical Journal Letters .

References:

“SKYSURF: Constraints on Zodiacal Light and Extragalactic Background Light through Panchromatic HST All-sky Surface-brightness Measurements: II. First Limits on Diffuse Light at 1.25, 1.4, and 1.6 µm” by Timothy Carleton, Rogier A. Windhorst, Rosalia O’Brien, Seth H. Cohen, Delondrae Carter, Rolf Jansen, Scott Tompkins, Richard G. Arendt, Sarah Caddy, Norman Grogin, Scott J. Kenyon, Anton Koekemoer, John MacKenty, Stefano Casertano, Luke J. M. Davies, Simon P. Driver, Eli Dwek, Alexander Kashlinsky, Nathan Miles, Nor Pirzkal, Aaron Robotham, Russell Ryan, Haley Abate, Hanga Andras-Letanovszky, Jessica Berkheimer, Zak Goisman, Daniel Henningsen, Darby Kramer, Ci’mone Rogers and Andi Swirbul, 4 October 2022, The Astronomical Journal . DOI: 10.3847/1538-3881/ac8d02

“SKYSURF: Constraints on Zodiacal Light and Extragalactic Background Light through Panchromatic HST All-sky Surface-brightness Measurements. I. Survey Overview and Methods” by Rogier A. Windhorst, Timothy Carleton, Rosalia O’Brien, Seth H. Cohen, Delondrae Carter, Rolf Jansen, Scott Tompkins, Richard G. Arendt, Sarah Caddy, Norman Grogin, Anton Koekemoer, John MacKenty, Stefano Casertano, Luke J. M. Davies, Simon P. Driver, Eli Dwek, Alexander Kashlinsky, Scott J. Kenyon, Nathan Miles, Nor Pirzkal, Aaron Robotham, Russell Ryan, Haley Abate, Hanga Andras-Letanovszky, Jessica Berkheimer, John Chambers, Connor Gelb, Zak Goisman, Daniel Henningsen, Isabela Huckabee, Darby Kramer, Teerthal Patel, Rushabh Pawnikar, Ewan Pringle, Ci’mone Rogers, Steven Sherman, Andi Swirbul and Kaitlin Webber, 15 September 2022, The Astronomical Journal . DOI: 10.3847/1538-3881/ac82af

“SKYSURF-3: Testing Crowded Object Catalogs in the Hubble eXtreme Deep Field Mosaics to Study Sample Incompleteness from an Extragalactic Background Light Perspective” by Darby M. Kramer, Timothy Carleton, Seth. H. Cohen, Rolf Jansen, Rogier A. Windhorst, Norman Grogin, Anton Koekemoer, John W. MacKenty and Nor Pirzkal, 18 November 2022, The Astronomical Journal Letters . DOI: 10.3847/2041-8213/ac9cca

“SKYSURF-4: Panchromatic Full Sky Surface Brightness Measurement Methods and Results” by Rosalia O’Brien, Timothy Carleton, Rogier A. Windhorst, Rolf A. Jansen, Delondrae Carter, Scott Tompkins, Sarah Caddy, Seth H. Cohen, Haley Abate, Richard G. Arendt, Jessica Berkheimer, Annalisa Calamida, Stefano Casertano, Simon P. Driver, Connor Gelb, Zak Goisman, Norman Grogin, Daniel Henningsen, Isabela Huckabee, Scott J. Kenyon, Anton M. Koekemoer, Darby Kramer, John Mackenty, Aaron Robotham and Steven Sherman, 13 October 2022, Astrophysics > Instrumentation and Methods for Astrophysics . arXiv:2210.08010

The Hubble Space Telescope is a project of international cooperation between NASA and ESA. NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, manages the telescope. The Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) in Baltimore, Maryland, conducts Hubble and Webb science operations. STScI is operated for NASA by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, in Washington, D.C.

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4 comments on "hubble detects mysterious ghostly glow surrounding our solar system ".

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The “ghostly glow” is every from 2 possible sources:

1. A protective shield out in place by other intelligences, to prevent the sun from moving from 3D to 4D.

2. A protective force field, also put in place by other intelligences, to prevent any other ET life from entering, or exciting the sol sys.

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Regrettably, both of your protective envelopes around the Sun are readily punctured by Occam’s razor, and the Vorlons find some elements of your theories deeply confusing.

Ah, so we finally know how the aliens are keeping their transmissions from reaching their earth. It’s a shield that blocks the frequencies they use and indicates “Galactic Zoo” to other intelligent species out there that might want to watch the human animals fight each other over food, mates and other nonsense that a truly advanced species have long since abandoned…. 😉

The truly advanced species of the galaxy go to war only over disputes in modal logic. Billions died in the S4/S5 contretemps.

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Teens hunt one seriously nasty ghost in action-packed tale.

Ghostlight

A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Many details about where the story takes place, mo

Strong messages about friendship and bravery, faci

Gabe is a history buff and a good, loyal friend to

Yuri and his whole family are Russian immigrants a

The most wicked ghost is a true monster with grote

A kiss and talk of dating.

"Hell" once or twice and one "freaking."

Brief mention of Smarties candy and Brio, an Itali

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Parents need to know that Ghostlight is a fantasy by Kenneth Oppel ( The Boundless , Inkling ) that's ideal for kids who like ghost stories and history. Kids really have to like the scary stuff, because although there are good ghosts in the story -- including Rebecca, one of the main characters…

Educational Value

Many details about where the story takes place, mostly near Toronto Island Park and the Toronto islands on the Canadian side of Lake Ontario. Facts about important people who lived there, including tribes that populated the area first, lifeboat captain William Ward, and journalist and Father of the Confederation George Brown. Some history of the area, including the use of fever sheds in 1847 where many Irish immigrants died of typhus. Mentions of some battles, such as the Battle of the Plains of Abraham, and famous paintings that depict wartime such as Washington Crossing the Delaware and The Death of General Wolfe . Facts about lighthouses historically and now (and some fiction about their ability to zap ghosts).

Positive Messages

Strong messages about friendship and bravery, facing loss, and the power of forgiveness to help people (in this case, both alive and dead) move on. A thirst for power is the most destructive force, while empathy and understanding are the most restorative. Many reminders of how history affords exciting discoveries, even without the ghosts to connect with.

Positive Role Models

Gabe is a history buff and a good, loyal friend to Yuri and soon Callie and Rebecca as well. He will do anything to help Rebecca fight a wicked ghost and save her father, and risks his summer job and eventually his life to vanquish the spirit. One of his toughest tasks is accepting the loss of his father and dealing with anger he feels toward him. Ghosts he meets who are set free by the power of forgiveness help him realize how he can begin to heal.

Diverse Representations

Yuri and his whole family are Russian immigrants and speak with accents. Callie is half-Indian from Goa. Gabe's mother divorced his father before he died. After Rebecca's mother died of fever, she was raised by her father. Ghosts include many from the local tribes, with discussion about how they were never given choices or a voice in government by the settlers and a declaration that they would not move on from being ghosts until they saw their people finally given that voice. Gabe's mother is a doctor. Gabe is a fantastic cook like his father, who was a chef.

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Violence & Scariness

The most wicked ghost is a true monster with grotesque, bloated features and many flailing limbs -- and at one point, an attacking, disembodied hand. Many descriptions of the creature devouring other ghosts to get stronger. A flashback shows him throwing two characters off a lighthouse, including a main character, Rebecca, who is a ghost. Some skirmishes and even all-out battles with wicked ghosts. Live characters use bright lights as weapons, enlist the help of good ghosts. One good ghost blasts off the heads of wicked ghosts with his dueling pistol. Injuries to live characters include a sprained wrist, bruises, and a sapping of energy with ghost touch. Ghosts set fires and cause traffic accidents and deaths in hospitals. Talk of the death of Gabe's father months before, hit by a car while staring at his phone. Talk of how many ghosts died, from drowning in a shipwreck, fever, heart attack while swimming, from a duel, from fire, and more.

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Sex, Romance & Nudity

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Products & Purchases

Brief mention of Smarties candy and Brio, an Italian soda.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Quick mentions that Yuri's mother smokes, that older women were drinking wine in a salon of a grand house, and that Rebecca's father sometimes drank too much when he was alive.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Ghostlight is a fantasy by Kenneth Oppel ( The Boundless , Inkling ) that's ideal for kids who like ghost stories and history. Kids really have to like the scary stuff, because although there are good ghosts in the story -- including Rebecca, one of the main characters -- the most wicked ghost is a true monster with grotesque, bloated features and many flailing limbs and, at one point, an attacking, disembodied hand. There are many descriptions of the creature devouring other ghosts to get stronger. A flashback shows him throwing two characters off a lighthouse, including Rebecca. There are skirmishes and even all-out battles with wicked ghosts. Live characters use bright lights as weapons and enlist the help of good ghosts. One good ghost blasts off the heads of wicked ghosts with his dueling pistol. Injuries to live characters include a sprained wrist, bruises, and a sapping of energy with ghost touch. There's talk of the death of the main character's father months before, hit by a car while staring at his phone, and much talk of how other ghosts died. Ghostlight isn't all about ghosts, however. Nice friendships emerge between diverse characters, and strong points are made about the importance of history and the powers of forgiveness and understanding.

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What's the Story?

In GHOSTLIGHT, high schooler Gabe takes a summer job giving ghost tours near Toronto Island Park and Lake Ontario. He always ends at the Gibraltar Point Lighthouse where the lighthouse keeper and his daughter, Rebecca Strand, died mysteriously in 1839, appearing to be thrown to their deaths. Gabe enjoys the job because he loves local history, not because he believes in ghosts. Until one day he sees a light on in the off-limits part of the lighthouse, goes to investigate, and makes contact with his first apparition. It's Rebecca, of course, and she needs his help. The ghost that killed her and consumed her father is out there, getting stronger, and she needs to find a special ghostlight to fit on the lighthouse lamp to vanquish him. Gabe enlists the help of his budding-engineer friend Yuri, and Callie, a ghost blogger and fellow history buff. Their search for the ghostlight leads to many dead ends and many encounters with Rebecca's killer, who's getting stronger each day.

Is It Any Good?

This teen ghost hunter tale set near Toronto is stuffed full of paranormal action and seasoned with local history and solid friendships. While the balance may be tipped too heavily toward nonstop action in the final third of the story, it's still a fun ride. It will remind readers of the end of any Marvel movie, where the villain gets more and more wicked and Just. Won't. Die. -- except Viker, the grotesque, power-hungry, many armed monster in Ghostlight , is dead already, but still. Before the creature's overlong send-off, the story takes many turns, and four friends follow one clue after another to find a ghostlight that can destroy him. They visit lighthouses, graveyards, seances, and shipwrecks and meet some other fascinating ghosts along the way.

While Viker gets stronger, so do the friendships of the characters fighting him. Gabe is already close friends with Yuri, a budding inventor who works a summer job fixing bumper cars at an amusement park. Then they meet Callie, a ghost blogger, and Rebecca, a ghost who's determined both to save her father from Viker (who swallowed him -- yuck) and to experience a bit of modern life before she moves on. The four don't know the danger they're getting into, but they puzzle out one obstacle after another together, helped along by Yuri's cool inventions and Callie's journalistic instincts. They make a great ghost-fighting team. More time could have been spent with the teens facing less paranormal troubles, however. We hear of the stress Yuri's family endures as Russian immigrants and of Gabe's recent loss of his father, but those moments go by pretty fast. Perhaps there are more Ghostlight ghost stories to come, offering readers a better chance to enjoy many facets of these great characters.

Talk to Your Kids About ...

Families can talk about the scare factor in Ghostlight. Do you like scary stories? If you are easily scared, does it help that some of the ghosts, including a main character, are good?

In Chapter 14, Gabe and friends are introduced to ghosts in a graveyard: George Brown, a Father of the Confederation and a journalist, and Joseph Halfday, a Mississauga of the Credit Indian. What history do the two characters reveal? How did they become friends as ghosts despite a divided past? How often do you see the ideas of race and division tackled in fantasy stories?

Callie's goal for the summer was to get oodles of followers for her ghost blog. What do you think she wrote about her adventures? What do you think she kept private? If you were a character in the story and had a blog, what would you reveal?

Book Details

  • Author : Kenneth Oppel
  • Genre : Fantasy
  • Topics : STEM , Adventures , Friendship , History , Monsters, Ghosts, and Vampires
  • Character Strengths : Courage
  • Book type : Fiction
  • Publisher : Knopf Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date : September 6, 2022
  • Publisher's recommended age(s) : 10 - 13
  • Number of pages : 400
  • Available on : Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
  • Last updated : September 9, 2022

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Jeffrey Epstein list: Who is named in court filings?

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The names of dozens of people connected to the late sex offender Jeffrey Epstein were made public with the release of court documents. Who are they?

Public figures including Prince Andrew and former US President Bill Clinton are among the associates, friends and alleged victims named in the 900 pages unsealed on the order of a judge in New York.

Both the former US president and the British royal deny any knowledge of Epstein's crimes.

Many names in the documents are mentioned in passing as part of various legal proceedings, and their inclusion does not suggest wrongdoing related to Epstein.

They contain no major new allegations about Epstein nor revelations about his associates.

Epstein took his own life in jail in 2019 while awaiting trial. His friend and former girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell is serving 20 years in prison for child sex trafficking.

Who is now named in the documents?

Prince Andrew

The court papers include the testimony of Johanna Sjoberg who describes meeting Prince Andrew at Epstein's home in New York in 2001

Her statement, which had previously been partly revealed, describes an encounter in which she claims Prince Andrew touched her breast.

Ms Sjoberg, then aged 20, had been at college when she had been recruited by Maxwell, initially she believed as an assistant before finding that she was encouraged to deliver sexual massages for Epstein, which she resisted.

  • What do documents say about Prince Andrew?

Prince Andrew has rejected any wrongdoing, including in his later settlement with Ms Giuffre in 2022.

In that settlement Prince Andrew had said he "regrets his association with Epstein, and commends the bravery of Ms Giuffre and other survivors in standing up for themselves and others".

Extract from court documents

Bill Richardson

In her deposition, Ms Giuffre says she was forced to have sex with prominent figures including New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson.

Before his death last year, Mr Richardson denied ever meeting Ms Giuffre, and he was not charged with any crime

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Bill Clinton

The former US president is mentioned a number of times but there is no suggestion of any criminality.

Johanna Sjoberg, one of Prince Andrew's accusers, testified that Epstein told her that Mr Clinton "likes them young, referring to girls".

Another woman, Virginia Giuffre, who brought the lawsuit at the heart of these court documents, also mentions the American politician several times.

Although she makes no allegations against Mr Clinton, she was trying to get him to testify under oath about his relationship with Epstein, describing him as a "key person".

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She had previously said Mr Clinton visited Mr Epstein's private island but in the court documents both Maxwell and Epstein dispute this. There is also no record in pilot logs of Mr Clinton going there.

Mr Clinton himself has said he flew on Epstein's plane four times, including twice to Africa, because they worked together on humanitarian projects.

But those meetings took place before the financier came under investigation, he said, and he had no knowledge of his crimes.

Donald Trump

The document also includes testimony about Donald Trump from Ms Sjoberg about a diversion Epstein's plane made to New Jersey to visit the businessman in 2001 at one of his casinos.

When pilots said their plane could not land in New York and would need to stop in Atlantic City, Epstein said he would call up Trump and drop by to see him, she said.

The documents contain no alleged wrongdoing by Mr Trump.

Ms Sjoberg is asked whether she ever gave Mr Trump a massage and she said she did not.

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Michael Jackson

Ms Sjoberg said she had met the singer through Epstein, although she did not allege any wrongdoing by him.

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