Red sprites at night

Photographer Marko Korosec managed to capture these impressive mysterious red lights at the night sky.

Images © Marko Korosec    with permission

The red lights are sprites, very rare burst of light, lasting just a few milliseconds, at an altitude of 80 km above Earth.

Marko Korosec, 32, from Slovenia, managed to capture them after spending months following storms in Vivaro, Italy.

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The incredible flashes of light are caused by big electrical discharges of lightning and they get their deep red color from nitrogen molecules in the air.

Korosec, said:

“It was very difficult to get these shots as they are so rare and you simply have to be quite lucky.”

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