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Sprites, “Space Lightning”, appeared over a thunderstorm in Oklahoma

Posted in 2016, astronomy with tags , , , on May 26, 2016 by MARIE EMMANUELLE QUILICHINI


Sprites and a “pop-through gigantic jet” over Oklahoma on May 23, 2016. Photo credit: Thomas Ashcraft.

Earlier this week, an enormous cluster of sprites (a.k.a. “space lightning”) appeared over a thunderstorm in Oklahoma.

The outbreak was so intense, it may have warped the ionosphere above it and sparked a rare “pop-through gigantic jet.”

This type of display could become more common as summer thunderstorm season unfolds across the USA.

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