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Ball lightning caught on video and spectrograph

symbolset (646467) writes | about 7 months ago


symbolset (646467) writes "Ball lightning has been reported for hundreds of years, and experimentally produced, but for the first time a natural will 'o wisp has been captured on video and amazingly, spectrograph, accidentally by researchers studying ordinary lightning."
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Awesome ! (1)

Taco Cowboy (5327) | about 7 months ago | (#46012207)

I saw a ball lightning when I was about 6 year old. I didn't know that it was a ball lightning. It happened inside the house of my granny, in rural China.

All I saw was a "light ball", kinda floating off from the ground and then up and then traveled horizontally (don't remember if there was a wind blowing at that time) and then disappeared.

That "light ball" is not exactly round. When it "floats" and 'travels" the shame kinda changes (a little bit like jelly fish) but it did give out very bright and slightly yellowish light.

It also, if my memory served me right, gave out a faint "buzzing" sound.

It did not give out any smoke, nor did I smell anything burning. The nearest distance from me to that "light ball" (at first when I saw it) was about 1 to 2 ft, and no, I didn't feel any "heat" or something like that.

The light was very very intense, but there's no "heat".

It happened in the evening time. At that era, houses in rural China did not have electricity, people relied on kerosene lamp or some other means for lighting.

As I remember it was started to get dark, and suddenly this thing just floating out of nowhere (I didn't see where it came from) and the intense light (as I remember it) lighted up the entire house (not a big house, but still the inside of the house was lighted much more than any kerosene lamp).

It lasted 3 or 4 seconds and then it vanished. Just like that. No sound, no burn mark, no heat.

That was all I remember.

Oh yes, all the adults were outside, cooking. (kitchen on the outside of the house, at the back), so I was the only one witnessing that "light ball".

Re:Awesome ! (1)

mhajicek (1582795) | about 7 months ago | (#46013491)

Naw, that wasn't ball lighting. It was an alien probe! JK. I saw something that could be described as ball lightning about a decade ago. My wife and I were playing Diablo II on the main floor with our renter friend upstairs, during a thunderstorm. A blue light came in through the closed glass window, darted past my face between me and my monitor, went straight to the closet and followed the network cable upstairs. Our friend upstairs reported it coming out of his closet, past his face, and out his closed glass window. None of the computers even glitched.
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