Astronomical Mystery explained by high-tech photography 3

The astronomical mystery of Transient Luminous Events – TLEs, that are usually invisible to the naked eye because they happen on millisecond timescales, too fast to be seen, are now explained by high-tech photography.    Have a look at the video…

Transient Luminous Events – TLE or Sprites, because they’re so fast were impossible to catch on film. They occur at the altitude of 50 to 100 kilometers and they emit a crackling “ping” on the radio. Pilots had reported mysterious bright flashes all over the world.



Thomas Ashcraft a photographer and amateur astronomer who has captured a lot of Sprites, said:

“One of the neatest things about TLEs is that first image in 1989 was just a serendipitous capture.”

Ashcraft is grouping the Sprites into categories: jellyfish, carrots, column-forms, and “Elves,” a separate type of sprite caused by nitrogen molecules.



Transient Luminous Events - TLE or Sprites

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Transient Luminous Events - TLE or Sprites

source Wired Science