Red Sprite

  • Recently, the European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut photographed an uncommon occurrence termed a ‘red sprite’.
  • A ‘red sprite’ represents an extraordinary meteorological phenomenon categorized as a Transient Luminous Event (TLE).
  • Sprite is also an acronym for Stratospheric/mesospheric Perturbations resulting from Intense Thunderstorm Electrification.
  • Occasionally dubbed ‘red lightning’, it occurs above thunderclouds at altitudes between 40 and 80 kilometres (25 - 50 miles) above the Earth's surface.
  • Also, as the ‘red sprites’ form above thunder clouds, they are not easily studied from Earth and are mostly seen from ....
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