Ball lightning is one of those phenomena that is more or less universally understood to be amazing when experienced anecdotally but potentially terrifying when experienced firsthand. These glowing, often grapefruit-sized orbs of blue, electric light seem to form spontaneously, sometimes inside people's homes or around airplanes generally only last for a few seconds and aren't well understood, as it's nearly impossible to empirically study them or create them because there is no broadly accepted explanation for how they originate.
But in a paper published in the Journal of Geophysical Research Atmospheres, researchers from Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) and Australia National University have put forth a mathematical theory that they think explains how ball lighting occurs and why it tends to occur where it does.
In it, the researchers propose that ball lightning isn't the result of microwave radiation, antimatter, or slowly burning particles of silicon leftover form lightning strikes (all of which have been theorized as the source of the phenomenon), but of leftover ions that accumulating and interacting with electric fields, often across some kind of dividing plane like a pane of glass (explaining why eyewitness accounts have sometimes described these glowing orbs as passing through glass.
Essentially, the paper theorizes that streams of ions--electrically charged particles--leftover from normal lightning strikes or some other source like aircraft radars (which also explains why the phenomenon has been associated with flying aircraft) accumulate on some thin planar surface like a glass window, creating an electric field on the other side. This field excites air molecules around it an in extreme cases cause a ball discharge--which can dissipate harmlessly or burst with some (terrifying) force.
The important thing about this paper is that it is a mathematical solution employing generally accepted equations for the movement of ions and electrons and such, so the theory should be testable. Moreover, it also jives with the empirical evidence, like ball lightning passing through glass or forming on or near the nose of airplanes.
heard a story once, in an apartement one of those thing formed and kill a cat who moved... i guess you should not move when you encounter one of these ^^
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So technecly middle aged mages were just more advanced in science that we are right now ... life potions (regenMed), lightning out of hands (hand held tesla gun)...
and to think that you just had to had kings Arthur finger prints to take out that sword... ^^"""
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Late summer storms in Wyoming are great for both ball and chain lightning. We should have a lot more gear operating there to study them in that high occurrence area. I've heard of other areas in America having one type or other, and I've seen one type or other in other places, but never both consistently like Wyoming. In Iowa the late summer storms often bring some of the highest density lightning strikes that I've seen across the country. It's hard to get a good dimensional reference for something that happens so fast and often at distance, but I'm pretty sure I've seen near purely vertical strikes come down a dense ion stream at least a couple feet wide. See it coming down in some places will make you wonder if someone put an ion cannon on orbit.
When I was a teen, I actually saw one of these things.
It was one of those moments, "I can't believe my eyes", situation.
It came right through the window of the dining room, floated through the room to the living room as if it was a slow moving balloon, about 4 foot from the floor. In the living room was a 4ft tall steel cage fan, not turned on at the time. The ball lighting headed straight for fan and hit it. The fun spun up really quick and then stopped. And that was my once in a life time experience seeing ball lighting.
Believe or not!
@Robot - LOL Love the comment. AWESOME! +20
In space, no one can hear a tree fall in the forest.
BruceVoigt10/15/12 at 12:35 am
Forces of equal evolution act upon forces of equal evolution. Fire interacts with earths excreting force and dances up and a away (no such thing as lighter than air.
A way from this earth force (outer space) fire appears as a ball.
Ball lightning is or are colliding orbiting particles so small as not to interact with matter and the earth forces gravity and centrifugal.
Even I saw one back in 2002/03 but it was lil green . It was on my terrace and was so close that i could have touched it. It moved slowly and I think it was very light, light enough for the wind to change its direction. I saw it for 2-3 mins before the ball went behind my neighbor's building. I told my parents and my friends but no body believed me. As the time passed even I doubted what I saw, but this article confirmed it was some kinda light ball.. But whatever it was It was the most amazing thing I had ever seen..
It was cool, huh!
One time in the early 90's some guy yelled HADUKEN in an arcade and a lightning ball hit me in the face. I think his name was iru or something. Here it is: www.youtube.com/watch?v=rJDGvYf-B0M
I've been close to 2 instances of ball lightning, but have never actually seem it. I got home once, just after my wife reported seeing it in our house. She said that it passed into a sheetrock wall ( no burn marks). The lights were disabled in that room although the breaker was on. I think that I got them working by retitghtening the screws on the switch -- possibly came loose because of some kind of vibration?
I was actually there for the second instance, but didn't see it. A couple of us were hooking up a tesla coil. The other guy was adjusting a home made capacitor as we tried to get it going. Suddenly there was a big crack, and it quit. Two other guys said that a ball of lightning appeared and followed some metallic outlet connectors, then went across the floor ( presumably where there was some conduit) and up a wall to the clock. The clock outlet was damaged -- there were burn marks on the metallic parts.
No glass interface for either example.
I forgot to mention one thing , I saw it in the night around 9pm or so
@Robot I always believed that there must be someone or the other on this planet who has seen this, and look you get to know so many (or at least few) of them on the Internet.. Such a small world.
It is very much a noted mysterious occurence, which give rise why PoPSCi wrote an article about it. Other people have seen it too. ;)
New and old Science
A new and Progressive Science shows how Wavevolution, or the transformation from waves to atoms, is the connecting link that closes the circle of science to open new horizons never seen before.
The bureaucracy of traditional science prevents the recognition of any event unless certain criteria are first met. The problem of this science is buried deep right in the compilation of these "laws" or criteria introduced by a few scientists in the name of all science and from their erroneous understanding of the relation between Space and Time. This antiquated system of rules also results in misleading theories.
For example, the Space is not “curved”.
In Einstein's paradigm, a stone that falls on the ground from the window of a moving train also marks one parabola in Space. Although, this path is only apparent since also the Earth is moving and the Time spent by the stone to reach the ground has also changed to some degree that imaginary vertical line. At the Time of the initial Movement when the stone falls from the window it exists only one perpendicular Space which is not anymore the same as the stone continues to move until it hits the ground. If the scientist had known that the coordinates of Space in Time are unique and unrepeatable then all the rest would have also been "straight". That perpendicular is straight but accounted as “curve” because of the limits of science unable to recognize the issue of simultaneity. In reference to any body on each moment in Time there are always only two coordinates in Space.
And with two coordinates there is no curve.
The perpendicular changes in Time but Einstein believed that the concept of Space is independent from the concept of Time.
Another example is in the special theory of relativity which denies all absolutes and meanings of truth. This is in regard to Einstein's example of two beams of light hitting one same embankment of a railroad on two Points: Point A and Point B. In between the two there is also the middle point, Point M. If one train was running over that track then on the train we would also have Point A1 on the wagon of the train correspondent to above Point A and also one other corresponding Point B1 right above Point B. We would also have on the train the corresponding Point M1 above Point M. Einstein's theory is that as for Point M (not moving because on the embankment) those two beams are simultaneous and equidistant instead for the passenger sitting on M1 and moving towards Point B1 (and also toward Point B) the two beams are not simultaneous because the beam in Point B1 is being approached by the moving train, therefore closer to M1. In this example, while Einstein’s concept of Time is rigidly kept unchanged in regard to the embankment instead the concept of Space is extended to also the next moment in Time when the traveler will move even if in that precise instant the traveler has not moved yet. Since the concept of simultaneity had been put aside, Einstein considered Time to be the same while Space instead had changed.
Also, this same scientist erroneously believed that all colors in the light spectrum travel at the same speed.
Much confusion comes from these approximations.
One new Awareness will be found in between the winding creativity of the human mind and the rigid logic of numbers.
My great grandmother and mother experienced ball lighting when lighting hit a tv antena and exploded the black an white tv glass tube screen and rolled across the living room scorcing there floor which agrees with the conditons of what the article is saying.
For more on ball lightning Google "treasure lights" and "Kiril Chukanov"