A wild Ball Lightning appears!
January 24, 2014 9:39 AM Subscribe
posted by prize bull octorok (33 comments total)
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A natural occurence of the rare and mysterious weather phenomenon known as ball lightning
has been captured on video by researchers in China
is seen most often in conjunction with regular lightning strikes, appearing as glowing spheres of varying colors, ranging from pea-sized to up to three feet in diameter. The spheres are often reported to travel through the air, at times passing through solid walls. They are said to smell of ozone and sulfur. In some accounts they vanish silently, in others they explode.
Spectral analysis of the video
supports the theory that ball lightning is burning silicon vapor ignited by regular lightning striking the ground.
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