Monday, July 26, 2004


Remember this one all you skeptics out there. Yes for years pilots reported seeing glowing jets and balls fly off into the upper atmosphere at great speed.  Each story that came in was poo hared by the skeptic; even USAF U2 pilots reported the flashes. Then, oh not again, another myth turns out to be real.

High-altitude light show in focus
By Dr David Whitehouse
BBC News Online science editor 
Saturday, 24 July, 2004, 07:15 GMT 08:15 UK 

Fresh data on sprites, jets and elves - strange flashes of coloured light in the Earth's upper atmosphere - is being returned to Earth by a new satellite.

The Taiwanese Rocsat-2 spacecraft has been in orbit for two months and is studying the high-altitude phenomena.

They are believed to be discharges of electricity from above thunderstorms, part of a global electrical circuit.

Rocsat-2's first goal is to make a map of the distribution of the flashes and how often they occur, say scientists.  The phenomena occur between 50 and 100km above the Earth's surface.

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