Spritely Sunday

RED SPRITES OVER EUROPE: High above thunderstorms in eastern Europe, red sprites are dancing across the cloudtops, reaching up to the edge of space itself. Martin Popek of Nýdek, Czech republic, photographed these specimens on June 1st:


The transient forms were shooting up from a storm in Slovenia,” says Popek.

Sprites are a true space weather phenomenon, inhabiting the upper reaches of Earth’s atmosphere alongside noctilucent clouds, meteors, and auroras. Some researchers believe they are linked to cosmic rays: subatomic particles from deep space striking the top of Earth’s atmosphere produce secondary electrons that, in turn, provide the spark that triggers sprites. If this is true, then sprites could multiply in the years ahead as cosmic rays intensify.

Although sprites have been seen for at least a century, most scientists did not believe they existed until after 1989 when sprites were photographed by cameras onboard the space shuttle. Now “sprite chasers” routinely photograph sprites from their own homes. “I used up a Watec 910HX security camera with UFOCapture software to catch my sprites,” says Popek. Give it a try!


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12 Responses to Spritely Sunday

  1. Den says:

    Interesting phenomenon those sprites, playing electrical games.


  2. David B. Benson says:



  3. David B. Benson says:

    A field rabbit and later a Scotsman on my 25 minute stick walk to the Old Post Office.


  4. David B. Benson says:

    Nick Kristof on inequality today.


  5. Den says:

    Monkeys don’t keep dogs and cats either.


  6. Carol ٩(-̮̮̃-̃)۶ says:

    Jim report

    I wrote to him and asked what the awful day part was about if not the surgery, then asked how he was:


    The lower part of the parotid gland. I’ve got a drainage tube coming out of neck that should be removed Monday. Can’t shower until after that.

    Due to a slightly elevated heart rate, the kept overnight, which sucked. More on this later.

    They’ve got me on hydrcodone, so just mild discomfort.


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