Electric YouniversE

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Animated Red Sprite

Animated Red Sprite

"Red sprites, which frequently occur in clusters of three or more, soar up to 59 miles (95 kilometers) into the atmosphere, above thunderstorms. Their flash is incredibly brief -- just 3 to 10 thousandths of a second. The flashes expand to cover a wide area but are weak in electrical energy. Their brightest portions exist 40 to 45 miles (65 to 75 kilometers) up, above which wisps and glowing regions often extend." Taken October 1997 Credit: New Mexico Tech/NASA. )Barrington-Leigh and colleagues New Mexico used high-speed photometers (which can detect flashes lasting only a few millionths of a second). http://www.space.com/scienceastronomy/planetearth/red_sprites_991208.html ************ The Global Electrical Weather Circuit - http://www.everythingselectric.com/forum/index.php?topic=57.0 includes DIScussion on Blue Jets, Red Sprites, the Earths Space Plasma Fountain and much more