In the stratosphere of the Earth, ‘Elves’ and ‘Blue Jet’ electricity are seen from space


Newly published observations from space led researchers to learn more about the nature of Earth’s lightning storms, including eccentric phenomena such as “blue jets” and “elves”.

The International Space Station’s Atmosphere-Space Interaction Monitor (ASIM) Observatory captured a “blue” jet (upward-shooting lightning) from a thunderstorm cell, along with four “elves”, or optical and ultraviolet emissions from below the ionosphere ( According to the Nature paper published on 20 January).

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