Red Sprite Lightning

Frankie Lucena
Location of photo
Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico
Date/Time of photo
Oct. 1, 2016 at 1:32am Local Time
Full Spectrum Canon Eos Rebel T3 with a 50mm lens
These red sprites were captured high above Hurricane Matthew during its intensification on Oct. 1 2016. Red sprites are actually cold plasma discharges in the upper atmosphere that are triggered by a very powerful lightning bolt called a +CG bolt. They only last a few milliseconds so they are very hard to see and to photograph.
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