The image that illustrates this note is causing controversy in scientific media. According to the Russian edition of the LIFE magazine ( Life.ru ) it would show the exact moment of the separation of the astral body leaving the physical body. It was taken by the Russian scientist Konstantin Korotkov by means of a gas discharge visualization method, an advanced Kirilian photography technique that shows the vital energy of the person leaving their body gradually.
Korotkov is deputy director of the St. Petersburg Research Institute and a world-renowned authority on Kirlian photography. According to their studies, the navel and the head are the parts that first lose their vital energy, and the sex and the heart are the last areas to be detached before death.
Kirlian photography takes its name from the Soviet electrician Semyon Kirlian , who discovered the process in 1939. It was the subject of extensive research in the 1970s in the former Soviet Union and is commonly conceived as photographing the aura of an animate or inanimate object . According to a website associated with Korotkov, the image “confirms previous observations … that the electro-photonic glow stimulated around the human fingers contained amazingly coherent and complete information about the human state – both physiological and psychological.” In other words, the GDV technique, which was developed in the late 1990s, can be used for diagnostic and evaluation purposes.
Korotkov has taken GDV photographs of a person as he was dying . In the photos, it can be seen that the belly area lost its vital force (supposedly the soul) in the first place, followed by the head. The heart and groin were the last to lose their “energy”.
The skeptics say that the images are not really the time of death, but the cooling process of a body after leaving a sauna.