This bizarre, highly detailed image of a lightning “object” reveals one of nature’s least understood phenomena

Red upward-pointing lightning, known as a sprite, appeared during a thunderstorm in Slovakia on August 14. (Image credit: Stanislav Kanyanski)

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.

Stanislav Kanyansky, an astronomer at the Banska Bystrica Observatory in Slovakia, caught the sprite near his home in Latky, Slovakia, in August. 14, mentioned. 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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