What is this mysterious light wandering over a field before heading into a forest near the city of Novosibirsk, Siberia’s largest city?
This was most probably a ball lightning, a phenomenon that is not clearly understood.
A local caught on camera this unusual example of ball lightning near his dacha (country house) outside Novosibirsk.
Here what is to hear in the video:
‘What is it there?’ a female voice asks from a distance.
‘Fireball lightening,’ answered Roman Tregubov, a graduate of the Novosibirsk State Technical University.
‘Look, look, what is it?’ another man asks.
‘Argh it’s moving away,’ the cameraman says. ‘This is fireball lightening, it’s the first time I see one in my life. It’s going to move away. Lost it. Where it is? There is it. I wonder if it’ll blow off soon. Yep, it blew off.’
‘The physics of fireball lightening isn’t clearly explained yet, but either way I was astonished to see the fireball lightening of such size.’
With huge pride he repeats: ‘This is the first time in my life.’
But a woman says: ‘Horror, hide away from it.’
Fireball lightening is very rare, yet they can appear anywhere at all. The physics of fireball lightening isn’t clearly explained yet.
Usually associated with thunderstorms, ball lightning lasts considerably longer than the familiar split-second flash. But a ball lightning of such a size is just incredible. And it is pretty rare to catch the whole process from the beginning when it appeared until the end.