posted on Jan, 20 2014 @ 07:59 PM
Scientists accidentally capture ball lightning, proving it to be a true natural phenomena - not an optical illusion
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ST Elmo's fire. Angels. Min-min lights. These eerie orbs in the sky have been reported for centuries. Now science admits they exist!
For decades such unidentified flying objects have simply been dismissed as optical illusions or "swamp gas".
Now science has no excuse.
Mysterious ball lightning has been captured on scientific equipment - albeit by accident.
Scientists in China were observing the lightning of a thunderstorm with a simple video camera paired with a spectrometer - a device that measures the
components of light - to identify the materials that produced it.
They got lucky.
In 2012, in the Qinghai region, they recorded a 5m wide spark of ball lightning. It glowed continuously for about 1.6 seconds and floated for a
distance of some 15m.
It's taken more than a year of lab work, but now the scientists from Northwestern Normal University in Lanzhou, China, think they know what caused the
The spectrometer revealed the lightning contained traces of silicon, iron and calcium. These elements were all present in the soil of the area.
edit on 20-1-2014 by CaptainBeno because: (no reason given)