Caption: High-speed footage of red sprites above a thunderstorm. Sprites are high-altitude electric discharges that are formed above powerful thunderstorms. This footage shows that the flash of lightning in the cloud occurs immediately before the appearance of the sprite. These are column sprites, or C sprites, which are triggered by positive lightning, although their formation is not fully understood. They occur in the ionosphere, some 50-90 kilometres in altitude, and move downwards from their origin at speeds of over ten million metres per second, sometimes approaching 10% of the speed of light. Filmed from Colorado, USA.

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Keywords: america, american, atmosphere, colorado, cumulonimbus, electric, electrical, environment, film, footage, high speed, high-speed, lightning, meteorology, monochrome, night, rare, red sprites, slo-mo, slow motion, sprite, storm, summer, thunderstorm, transient luminous event, us, usa, video, weather

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Red sprites

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Duration: 00:00:10.1

Frame size: 1440x1080

Frame rate: 29.97

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File size: 93.1M


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Frame size: 1280x1080

Codec: DVCPRO HD 1080i60

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