The Department of Atmospheric Science at Creighton University has been actively looking for a little-understood phenomenon in the upper atmosphere. Referred to as "Red Sprites" and "Blue Jets", these events are characterized by the emission of reddish/orange and blue light coming from the top of thunderstorm clouds into the ionosphere. Believed to be somewhat similar to the Aurora Borealis, these lights in the sky are caused by the near visible emission of high energy electrons and other ions moving through the stratosphere/mesosphere.

Here's what a Red Sprite looks like!

Try these links to other Sprite info
Go here for more background on Sprites
Check out the most recent imagery we have observed!
See the "mysterious ball of light".........
How we did it.....
Reference Material on Sprites
Appendix A - Electric Field of a Sprite
Appendix B - Altitude of a Sprite

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