ELVES and central Red Sprite
Photographed at 11th of July 2021, 00:20h CET from Maisach / Fuerstenfeldbruck
Camera position: Fuerstenfeldbruck / Germany
Central Red Sprite and an ELVES over the Italian alps (Bernina Region) and the whole central alps,
Distance of the Red Sprite, apprx. 230 km ( +/- 30km)
Left video capture: The original photo with the natural clouds right down. Right video capture: On the right side the area right down (behind the clouds) was a little! more saturated and contrasted.
Conclusion: The red light was also existing trough the clouds and shows more the ELVES ring. Wow!
Direct central under the dark middle (it is not a cloud) of the ELVES ring you can see the Red Sprite. May this Red Sprite triggered the ELVES(Emissions of Light and Very Low Frequency Perturbations due to Electromagnetic Pulse Sources)
In the further images and videos you can regognise an expanding red lightwave. Hmm, would it have been a clear sky I'm sure that you could have seen the whole ring.
Observation: While moving and fixing the camera to the south it happens. While watching with one eye the display I noticed beside a very strong anormal red shine all over the south with the naked eye.
Wow, this was such an extraordinary appereance, therefore I had no idea what secret stood behind this mystery shine.
Sony a7III, 4k, Sigma f1.4, 35mm, Iso 25600, exp 1/13 sec
When I looked through the only 4K sequence for the first time, I first overlooked the Red Sprite because of the big red portion in the frames. After studying them for a long time, I also noticed that there was a cloudless and star-clear dark zone directly above the sprite. Now some things became clear to me. It is was an near observed ELVES ring (first impulse) which was only covered with clouds in the lower area.
Why so special?
To catch such a luminous phenomenon photographically is extremely rare and in this intensity I am in no way aware of it.
The luck factor was here also infinitely high .
Actually I just wanted to test my technique at 25.500 ISO and stood on the hill for only three quarters of an hour. If I had fumbled with the camera even more wildly the recording would have been totally blurred. Nice position of the ELVES in the frame and 10 minutes later the entire sky was cloudy anyway. Uff .....
More saturated (3x slow motion) Video 1080p
Original (3x slow motion) Video 1080p
... bright and high contrasted
The expanding and getting weaker ring is shown on the images in the second row
Video1 1080p Video2 1080p
Weather / Flash situation on 11.07.2021 ca. two hours later, 00:35 UTC (2:35 CET)
In courtesy of Sat24
About Red Sprites
The appearance of a Red Sprites takes less than 2/100 seconds, and could be very bright and be seen with the naked eye. However, the brightness is several times under a lightning discharge. 'Red Sprites' can appear on an average altitude of 60-80 km in the mesosphere. Also sightings to a height of 90 km to the edge of the ionosphere are possible. The height of the sprite can vary from 10 km to 20 km. The width of the discharge can reach up from 40 to 60 km.
But how does the rare luminous phenomena come to this name, when they were discovered and what is the reason of origin?
Until 1989, the existence of Red Sprites was generally denied because only jet pilots announced sporadic sightings. Here they reaped rather grumpy and sarcastic reactions :-(. Thus, many sightings have been omitted. 1989 the first Red Sprite photos did succeed, but due to the not yet advanced camera technology the results were scientifically useless. 1991 the astronauts of the former Space shuttle mission succeeded photographically to capture this phenomenon specifically the first time from space. These photos served as the first meaningful evidence. Afterwards high-tech peppered research aircrafts were inserted by very costly experiments from the NASA and NOAA, which should explain and analyze these phenomena further. After this efforts yielded no results for months, and the researchers literally get messed around with this situation, the called these discharges almost mischievously 'Sprites'. But after a while and patient effords impressive high speed filmings succeeded.
Incidentally, we don’t have a plausible explanation of the origin of Red Sprites until today, but there are countless theories. Look out for the scientific article in the Washington post. The most common version declares that during heavy thunderstorms larger areas of electrical tension build itself up over the super cells, which consequently discharge due to the oversaturation by itself. Another theory says, that the electrical tension is changing inside the thunderstorm cells etc.. . The actual luminous phenomenon gets produced in the mesosphere by collision of electrons with the always present cosmic gamma radiation.
By the way, but what means the name ELVES ?(Emissions of Light and Very Low Frequency Perturbations due to Electromagnetic Pulse Sources)
The phenomenon reaches an average from 150 to 400km in diameter. U.C.
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