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Post by Chicago Astronomer Joe on Jul 23, 2004 5:26:25 GMT -6
I first remember seeing these "Sprites" from a Shuttle mission in the late '80's. Everytime a bolt of lightning shoots down from a cloud, a reciprocal "cone" shoots up into the high atmosphere of the earth, in different colors.
Also, I understand that storms communicate with one another all over the globe. As one storm system lights up, another storm system thousands of miles away lights up in response, with the same sequence of flashes. It's quite chronological as it occurs, and much like fireflies. A most facinating subject.