News tagged with mesosphere

Lightning sprites are out-of-this-world

Only a few decades ago, scientists discovered the existence of "sprites" 30 to 55 miles above the surface of the Earth. They're offshoots of electric discharges caused by lightning storms, and a valuable window into the composition ...

dateNov 21, 2011 in Space Exploration
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Rare atmospheric phenomenon observed

Cameras operated by the Armagh Observatory have recorded one of the very few observations from the UK and Ireland of a very rare atmospheric phenomenon known as a 'sprite'. The detection, which was made around the time of ...

dateJul 31, 2013 in Space Exploration
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Measuring the seeds of noctilucent clouds

( —A constant stream of space debris flows toward Earth from the rest of the solar system. Large meteors can sometimes survive the intense friction and heat upon entering Earth's atmosphere, but by and large the ...

dateApr 04, 2013 in Earth Sciences
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