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Could 'sprites' explain some UFO sightings ?

Posted on Tuesday, 24 February, 2009 | Comment icon 7 comments


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A recently discovered natural phenomenon known as 'sprites' have been observed as flashing lights that appear in the atmosphere above thunderstorms and could account for some UFO sightings, scientists at Tel Aviv University have claimed. 'Sprites' occur high up between 35 to 80 miles from the ground and were only discovered in 1989.

"In legend, sprites are trolls, elves and other spirits that dance high above our ozone layer."

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Comment icon #1 Posted by D is here on 24 February, 2009, 10:44
Maybe I missed the connection while reading the full article, but how does Sprites high in the atmosphere account for some UFO sightings?
Comment icon #2 Posted by :PsYKoTiC:BeHAvIoR: on 24 February, 2009, 14:21
Maybe I missed the connection while reading the full article, but how does Sprites high in the atmosphere account for some UFO sightings? My guess is aircraft pilots. There had been plenty of reports from pilots seeing what is described as these sprites. It may account for some of those reports.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Lt_Ripley on 24 February, 2009, 16:32
people have known about sprites for some time now. they don't last very long ( a second or 2 at most ) and over storms you can see a few. I don't see how anyone could mistake them for UFO's. video http://www.livescience.com/common/media/vi...f=080607sprites
Comment icon #4 Posted by Lt_Ripley on 24 February, 2009, 16:37
First Estimates Developed Of Lightning-Associated "Sprites" Radio signals help scientists estimate how many occur in thunderstorms April 2, 1999 For the first time, scientists have developed a reliable estimate of the number of "sprites" spawned by a single thunderstorm. Sprites, the luminous red glows that are the high altitude companions of some lightning strikes, are the focus of a new study by researchers Steven Reising of the University of Massachusetts, and Umran Inan and Timothy Bell of Stanford University in California. The team's findings appear in the April 1 issue of Geophysical Res... [More]
Comment icon #5 Posted by thefinalfrontier on 24 February, 2009, 17:47
Nothing to do with ufo sightings, This is a natuyral phenomena and lasts only seconds at very high altitudes, Mostly above the clouyds, So no this has nothing to do with ufo sightings form the thousamds upon thousaands of reports each year,
Comment icon #6 Posted by Since804 on 24 February, 2009, 18:36
people just pull stuff out of their asses...clearly not even close to resembling ufo reports
Comment icon #7 Posted by the rebirth on 25 February, 2009, 9:57
this sounds kind of like the whole "swamp gas" explaination for UFOs how would a pilot mistake a fraction-of-a-second flash of light as a UFO? 0___0


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