MadSci Network: Earth Sciences

Subject: Sprites and Jets

Posted by Edward Colon
Grade level: grad
School: Howard University
City: Washington, D.C. State/Province: No state given.
Country: USA
Area of science: Earth Sciences
I have been fascinated by images obtained from the space shuttle of luminous 
phenomena which occur above violent thunderstorms at altitudes ranging from 
60-120 km.  They take two predominant forms: (1) well defined amorphous globs 
(sprites) and (2) funneled high velocity ejections (jets).  What is the most 
promising theory which explains their origins and phenomenology?

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