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Over the weekend, an atmospheric scientist in Europe photographed something that resembled a giant luminous squid floating over a thundercloud in France. It was a strange form of lightning known as a “sprite”:


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Some related links:

http://science.nasa.gov/newhome/headlines/essd10jun99_1.htm

http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap990616.html

http://www.lightningwizard.com/HighestRated.php?cat=Sprites

http://spaceweather.com/submissions/large_image_popup.php?image_name=Damir-Segon-sprites-Pula_1227876592.jpg

http://spaceweather.com/submissions/large_image_popup.php?image_name=Mike-Burdette-Sprite_1192686360.jpg

Here is one in action:

https://i1.wp.com/spaceweather.com/swpod2005/06dec05/anim_sprite.gif?resize=500%2C360
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Here is a blog devoted to posting pictures of sprites:

http://eurosprite.blogspot.com/

Here’s how to look for them if you want to join in:

www.fma-research.com
www.fma-research.com