Gigantic Jet' Lightning Spotted Over China

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posted on Feb, 26 2013 @ 09:10 PM
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Gigantic Jet' Lightning Spotted Over China


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The first confirmed gigantic jet was reported in 2001, after American researchers saw a blue jet reaching 44 miles (70 km) above the clouds at the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico. This was nearly double the 26-mile (42 km) limit for jets that was previously observed.
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posted on Feb, 26 2013 @ 09:10 PM
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Not confirmed until 2001?

More evidence on how little we really know.

Speculation

There is a great deal more to the electrical universe than science wants to admit?

Giant plasma streams into outer space?

Which direction does the current flow?

I would assume a negative stream to the Earth.

Does science needs to completely re-think the source of lightening strikes.

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edit on 26-2-2013 by poet1b because: Typo
edit on 26-2-2013 by poet1b because: Typos



posted on Feb, 26 2013 @ 09:13 PM
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posted on Feb, 26 2013 @ 09:17 PM
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Wiki article on upper atmospheric lightning - it and het links from it are very interesting




posted on Feb, 26 2013 @ 11:28 PM
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Looks a lot like a jellyfish, doesn't it?

What I question is if this plasma structure exits before and after it appears in a visible, or detectable light spectrum.



posted on Feb, 27 2013 @ 07:38 AM
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Well it seems fairly obvious to me. There's a large difference in charge between the upper ionosphere and the storm layer, just like the potential difference between the Earth and the clouds acting like a huge capacitor, and when enough charge builds up it discharges. I imagine lightening mostly hits the Earth because it's the shorter path of least resistance?
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posted on Feb, 27 2013 @ 08:16 AM
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They are known as "sprites" and I have seen them described like this on a TV documentary at least 10 years ago if not longer.

It was a satellite in orbit (possibly even the ISS that 1st saw them if I recall) I've not bothered to check this I am just going on my vague memory of the documentary I saw but it was at least a decade ago.





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