An astronomer recently captured one of the most detailed snapshots ever of a rare type of upward-shooting red lightning, known as a sprite, which briefly levitated through the air like a giant jellyfish during a thunderstorm over central Europe.

Spaceweather.com reports that Stanislav Kanjanski, an astronomer at the Banska Bystrica Observatory in Slovakia, caught the sprite near his home in Latky, Slovakia, on August 14. The luminous, squiggly structure was more than 31 miles (50 kilometers) long and lasted for only a few milliseconds before disappearing.

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