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It is a rare glimpse into space weather that has never been captured on film before. This amazing Nasa image shows a 'sprite', a flash of red and blue light which flashes for a thousandth of a second. Researchers have previously been unable to capture them on film at high resolution.
Investigators now think sprites probably occur when an unusually potent stroke of lightning creates an intense electrostatic field above the cloud from which it emanates. Ions (electrically charged atoms) and electrons floating about the atmosphere are heated by this field and glow red in response, scientists speculate.
Originally posted by freakshowfatty
These things are amazing this makes me envision a whole new way of the process of a lightning strike...
I thought the generation of the bolt that goes to the ground was a lot lower and now I wonder if it starts in the very edge of our impact on the universe
Originally posted by Beavers
Could these cause damage to planes?
In a Bermuda triangle style way?