Electric ‘jellyfish’ spotted flashing above storm in China

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Around midnight local time on May 9, a photographer in Guiyang, China, watched a thunderstorm rumbling in the distance with their camera focused on the top of the storm in an effort to photograph the fleeting phenomenon known as a lightning sprite.

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A sprite is a large discharge of electricity high in the atmosphere miles above a severe thunderstorm that can extend almost to the edge of space, which is considered to be around 62 miles (100 km) above the Earth’s surface.

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One of the most common types of sprites is the red “jellyfish sprite” due to the tendrils that extend downward similar to the tentacles of a jellyfish.



h/t Annie


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