Mon. Mar 8th, 2021

Newly revealed observations from area are exhibiting researchers extra concerning the nature of Earth’s lightning storms, together with whimsically named phenomena resembling “blue jets” and “elves.”

The Worldwide House Station’s Ambiance-House Interactions Monitor (ASIM) observatory caught a single blue “jet” (upward-shooting lightning) from a thunderstorm cell, together with 4 “elves,” or optical and ultraviolet emissions from the underside of the ionosphere, in response to a Nature paper published Wednesday (Jan. 20).

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