Monday, October 03, 2016

"Space Lightning" Sighted over Hurricane Matthew

Source - Space Weather News for Oct. 3, 2016:

"SPACE LIGHTNING" SHOOTS OUT OF HURRICANE MATTHEW: Hurricane Matthew, currently crossing the Carribean, is not a typical storm.  It's one of the most powerful hurricanes of recent years and it has sprites dancing along its cloudtops. Sprites are an exotic form of lightning that shoots up toward the edge of space instead of down toward the ground. Visit to see beautiful photos of Hurricane Matthew's "space lightning."

Image Credit: Frankie Lucena - October 1, 2016 - Cabo Rojo,Puerto Rico
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BACKYARD ASTRONOMY ALERT: When the sun goes down on Monday, Oct. 3rd, step outside and look west.  If you have a clear view of the horizon, you'll see Venus and the exquisitely slender crescent Moon side by side in the sunset sky. Visit for sky maps and photos.

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