Thursday, January 27, 2011

Ghost Lights: Ball Lightning

Ghost Lights are sometimes classified as ball lightning, especially when they appear indoors or during a thunderstorm. Theories as to what comprises Ghost Lights include combustible methane (marsh gas), light from distant stars or planets refracting through atmospheric layers, the headlights of traffic from a distance, concentrated magnetic force, and more, however several Ghost Lights defy explanation. Ball lightning is often described as acting as though it were under intelligent control or had a mind of its own.

However experts dismiss the ball lightning theory out-of-hand, noting that only surface similarities exist. Ball lightning is a proven phenomena that continues to intrigue researchers. Strikes typically last under one to two minutes near, and after, a lightning strike. Many times, they dissipate violently, exploding with a sulfuric smell.

© C Harris Lynn, 2011

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