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What is Ball Lightening?

Many of you have doubted if the “Ball Lightning” was serious or a joke. Those who think it was a joke should know that there is an international association dedicated to study and collect data on this curious phenomenon.

Ball lightening refers to “fireballs” which are tens of centimeters in diameter with a high luminosity. Their life usually ranges from a few seconds to a whole minute. When disappearing they can go on softly or with a loud bang (the name of the latter is “violent lightning ball” ). They are one of the few phenomena of nature that do not have a generally accepted scientific explanation. Of the many theories that try to define this phenomenon we can cite those defending antimatter meteors and others stating that they are just mere optical illusions .

To tell the truth, few people with scientific training have contemplated these phenomena. One of the latest experiences with this phenomenon recently occurred in an aircraft of the Air UK which was going through a storm. The crew was surprised by a fireball that appeared in the cockpit. The beauty of this phenomenon is such that the person who was a scientist who had the opportunity to see this did not hesitate to characterize this phenomenon as“the most beautiful thing in my life” when he saw through the hallway of his plane (only a scientist Could say something like that about a lightning bolt).

This phenomenon is close to being deciphered. In the words of the speaker: ” we assume that under the action of strong magnetic fields created at the foot of lightning, power lines are formed, called streamers (they have been able to be reproduced in laboratory ddp 10 million volts) Which act as the filaments of a light bulb. These streamers form a kind of tangled skein that gives the ball beam a stable structure that prevents it from bursting for a period of time.

The streamers constitute one millionth of the ball ray which indicates that it would only produce burns if they touched the filaments of its interior, that reach temperatures of about 16 thousand degrees Celsius. The rest of the matter, according to the theoretical model defended by these scientists, is air at room temperature.

If you seek more information magazine of the National Geographic Society speaks on the subject in an article.

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