Sprites, blue jets, gigantic jets, elves – Upper Atmosphere Lightning

If ordinary lightning seems pretty ordinary, upper atmosphere lightning is something else – an entire ZOO of various types of upper atmosphere electrical discharges. There is anecdotal evidence of sightings of upper atmosphere lightning, or Transient Luminous Events (TLEs), at least as far back as the 1730s, while proper visual reports of sightings go back to 1886. It was confirmed, photographically, on July 6, 1989, by scientists of the University of Minnesota. Using low light digital cameras, upper atmosphere is now routinely detected and recorded at increasingly high resolutions. Many types of Transient Luminous Events There are many types of Transient Luminous Events. The most common and well known are sprites, but there is a number of other types too: … Continue reading Sprites, blue jets, gigantic jets, elves – Upper Atmosphere Lightning