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Questions about a Transient Luminous Event

  1. Jun 14, 2013 #1

    I was watching TV and noticed a lot of flashing lights outside which was coming from a distant storm. I got my camera and proceded to take pictures. During one of the 8 second exposures I saw a large bolt rise from the top of the storm cell then it quickly collapsed but then it rose again but not as high as the first bolt. As this second bolt rose it released millions of blue luminous beads or charged particles emitting a blue light. I did not see the red luminous beads because I was so captivated by the blue ones.

    I used a Kodak Z740 camera set to F/2.8 for 8 seconds and iso 400. Taken in Cabo Rojo,Puerto Rico on Sept. 22, 2011 at 1:27am.


    1)What caused the charge particles to change from blue to red?

    2)Why were the charged particles released during the rise of the second bolt and not the first?

    3)What is your best educated guess as to what occured within the storm cell to create this Gigantic Jet?
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  3. Jun 14, 2013 #2


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    3) It appears you photographed a sprite:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sprite_(lightning [Broken])
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