Red sprite fireworks over central Europe beginning of August 2017

Talk about fire in the sky!

Look at the red sprites over central Europe on August 1-2. They look like fireworks!

A few days after the Gigantic jet spotted off Hawaii, strong bursts of red sprites were observed across central Europe over severe thunderstorms. Now admire:

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Martin Popek
red sprite, red sprite august 2017, red sprite picture august 2017
Martin Popek
red sprite, red sprite august 2017, red sprite picture august 2017
Martin Popek
red sprite, red sprite august 2017, red sprite picture august 2017
Martin Popek

These jellyfish-shaped streaks in the sky are called red sprites, and they’re considered to be rare phenomena—or at least elusive to human eyes. The strange sky phenomenon remains mysterious as they flash for just fractions of a second, leaving scientists little time to gather data. The sprites’ red color likely comes from those ions smashing into molecules in the air. Similar to the aurora, the charged particles excite nitrogen, hydrogen, and oxygen. The gases eventually settle down and release that energy, some of it in the form of pretty colors.

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