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Red sprites and blue jets are both atmospheric and electrical phenomena that take place in the upper atmosphere. They take place above normal lightning; Blue jets happen in cone shapes above thunderstorm clouds, and are not related to lightning. They’re blue due to ionised emissions from nitrogen. Red sprites can appear as different shapes and have hanging tendrils. They occur when positive lightning goes from the cloud to the ground.

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Unusual clouds - in pictures

Altocumulus undulatus clouds at Abruzzo national park, Italy. This cloud formation consists of parallel bands of cumulus clouds, occuring when wind shear affects a layer of altocumulus..

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The everlasting storm: Stunning images of unique phenomenon in Venezuela where lightning has raged almost EVERY OTHER NIGHT for thousands of years

The everlasting storm rages of the Catalumbo Delta in Venezuela - the phenomenon has continued for thousands of years

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11 Insane Images Of Lightning Over Johannesburg

11 Dramatic Images Of Lightning Over Johannesburg, South Africa (from Huffington Post)

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Pictures of the day: 19 July 2011

Not Every Cloud Has A Silver Lining; This Multi-Colored Cloud Looks As If A Rainbow Has Formed High In The Heavens. The Phenomenom - Called A Sundog - Happens When Ice Crystals Appear In Clouds And Refract The Sun's Rays. Heyworth, Illinois, America.

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Train Up a Child: How to Make Lightning...... Two simple science experiments for kids to demonstrate how to make sparks and explain how lightning occurs.

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Photographer treks into Siberia for perfect shots of Northern Lights

Displays of the Northern Lights occur when solar particles enter the Earth’s atmosphere and on impact emit burning gases that produce green, yellow and blue-coloured lights

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WHAT WE STILL DON'T KNOW ABOUT LIGHTNING #2: • Most lightning strikes involve negative charge in the clouds and positive charge on the ground beneath. Occasionally the opposite occurs, also unexplained • We also don't know why gamma rays should be formed by lightning

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Lightning in space: A single bolt of lightning is 50 percent longer than the entire Milky Way galaxy.Scientists have observed lightning on Mars and Saturn but didn't know that lightning could occur in the middle of space, with a force equal to a trillion lightning bolts, or to use the proper scientific terms, 50 million tons of electricity. This insane electrical current was discovered near galaxy 3C303 firing a massive jet of electrified matter 150,000 light-years into outer space.

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Catatumbo Lightning - At the point where the Catatumbo River meets Lake Maracaibo in Venezuela, a constant lightning storm illuminates the sky for around 10 hours a night, for almost half the nights out of the year.

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