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Rarely Seen 'Red Sprites' Have Been Glimpsed in The Sky Above Chile

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This new image, taken of the skies above Chile's Atacama Desert near the European Southern Observatory's (ESO) La Silla Observatory, shows bright red streaks in the sky known as red sprites.

Red sprites are large-scale electrical discharges that occur high above thunderstorm clouds, usually triggered by the discharges of positive lightning between an underlying thundercloud and the ground.

However, the red sprites appear high in Earth's atmosphere, sometimes 50-90 kilometers (31 to 55 miles) in altitude.

People have been telling folktales for centuries about mysterious red lights in the sky, which were usually dismissed by experts.



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