Electric ‘jellyfish’ spotted flashing above storm in China

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.

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.

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.

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