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Tuesday, October 17, 2023

Astronomy Tuesday

This spooky image is much closer to home than the ones I usually post, but not something I've ever seen before.

Red sprite lightning occurs in the upper atmosphere at a range of 50 to 90 km, far higher than the storm clouds that create the more garden variety lightning that accompanies thunderstorms. Sprites aren't actually lightning at all, but a kind of atmospheric plasma.

This image, from France, was captured as a single frame from a video. In the next frame, the sprites had already disappeared.

Image Credit and Copyright: Nicolas Escurat

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