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Amateur Astronomer Becomes First to Capture Photo of a Sprite Over the UK
Citizen Scientists League ^ | July 28, 2013 | Staff

Posted on 08/02/2013 11:26:39 AM PDT by Red Badger

An amateur astronomer has become the first person to capture a massive lightning strike ‘into space’ above the British Isles.

The atmospheric phenomena, known as sprites, had never been recorded in the UK before an amateur astronomer in East Yorkshire managed to take the photographic first.

Richard Kacerek, 33, spotted the sprite – caused by an upward lightning discharge five miles east of Hull – and has sparked excitement in the scientific community with his image.

An amateur astronomer has become the first person to capture a massive lightning strike ‘into space’ (pictured) above the British Isles

An amateur astronomer has become the first person to capture a massive lightning strike ‘into space’ (pictured) above the British Isles. The atmospheric phenomena, known as sprites, had never been recorded in the UK before

Sprites are shards of light caused by large-scale electrical discharges that take place high above thunderstorm clouds.

They cause a varied range of visual shapes in the night sky but have never been recorded before in the UK.

Mr Kacerek spotted the sprite on Tuesday night from a camera set up in Hull.

He said: ‘Astronomy is my hobby, I am not a scientist so I am delighted to have captured the sprite, it was such an interesting event.

‘They are a fascinating phenomena as they happen in the atmosphere above the storm clouds.

‘They are relatively unknown and it looked a little special so I sent it to Dr Martin Fullekrug at Bath University and he said it was the first spotted over the UK.

‘I think luck had a lot to do with it.’

Mr Kacerek spotted the sprite on a camera that is part of the UK Meteor Observing Network, which amateur stargazers can use to observe space.

Richard Kacerek spotted the sprite, caused by an upward lightning discharge five miles east of Hull


TOPICS: Astronomy; Outdoors; Science; Weather
KEYWORDS: electricity; lightning; space; sprite
Cool!...............
1 posted on 08/02/2013 11:26:39 AM PDT by Red Badger
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2 posted on 08/02/2013 11:30:55 AM PDT by Arkansas Toothpick
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3 posted on 08/02/2013 11:32:47 AM PDT by HokieMom (Pacepa : Can the U.S. afford a president who can't recognize anti-Americanism?)
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To: Red Badger

I wonder if he is the first person to ever capture a photo of a sprite over the UK.


4 posted on 08/02/2013 11:35:15 AM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by Nature, not NurtureĀ™)
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5 posted on 08/02/2013 11:36:46 AM PDT by HokieMom (Pacepa : Can the U.S. afford a president who can't recognize anti-Americanism?)
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To: steve86

or maybe its a sprite over the UK and he is the first person to capture it?


6 posted on 08/02/2013 11:37:53 AM PDT by Mr. K (Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics, and then Democrat Talking Points.)
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To: HokieMom
it might be something WAY more sinister...


7 posted on 08/02/2013 11:39:30 AM PDT by Mr. K (Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics, and then Democrat Talking Points.)
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To: HokieMom

Ha! You beat me to the ‘Frog-eye’ Sprite.


8 posted on 08/02/2013 11:43:20 AM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: Mr. K

Quick! Set the Sprite trap!

A sprite trap is a magic magical device used to capture troublesome or harmful spirits and ghosts. These devices refer to a sprite as a preternatural creature.

The sprite trap is created from a blackthorn stave and copper wire that has never carried electricity. During a ritual process, the copper wire is bound to the stave with red thread and the stave is marked with a Dag (or D) rune.

Sprite traps are used at night, when the trap is set at the entrance to a home, church, graveyard, or other location where disturbances are taking place. To attract the troublesome entity, a cleft blackthorn stave with a lighted candle is placed in front of the trap.

After the sprite trap has captured a spirit, it is removed from the location and the red thread is cut with a consecrated knife; the thread is then placed into a prepared witch bottle. If the bottle has been prepared to imprison the spirit, a spell is recited while the thread is placed in it. Finally, the bottle is corked and sealed with red wax before being buried. A thorn bush will be planted on the site.

It is said that if a witch’s bottle containing a spirit is opened, a very angry spirit will escape.

Read more: http://www.monstropedia.org/index.php?title=Sprite_trap#ixzz2aq53Ak3k


9 posted on 08/02/2013 11:47:47 AM PDT by HokieMom (Pacepa : Can the U.S. afford a president who can't recognize anti-Americanism?)
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Here's a picture of a Sprite ON the UK......

10 posted on 08/02/2013 11:48:30 AM PDT by Red Badger (Want to be surprised? Google your own name......Want to have fun? Google your friend's names........)
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But it looks like a floating molar.

Molars in Space, they’re coming to chew us to a pulp.


11 posted on 08/02/2013 11:51:35 AM PDT by Veto! (Opinions freely expressed as advice)
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To: Arkansas Toothpick

For my next trick....a Dr. Pepper over Bulgaria


12 posted on 08/02/2013 12:07:23 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Red Badger

Looks more like Sasquatch trudging up a hill to me.

(Ever notice how all these ‘rare’ photos never seem to be made by someone with a decent camera?)


13 posted on 08/02/2013 12:34:17 PM PDT by Moltke (Sapere aude!)
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To: Veto!

Fillings.....Nothing more than fillings........Trying to forget my....Fillings above!..........


14 posted on 08/02/2013 12:35:50 PM PDT by Red Badger (Want to be surprised? Google your own name......Want to have fun? Google your friend's names........)
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To: Moltke
(Ever notice how all these ‘rare’ photos never seem to be made by someone with a decent camera?)

XKCD 1235:

15 posted on 08/02/2013 1:10:01 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (This message has been recorded but not approved by Obama's StasiNet. Read it at your peril.)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

How about just a plain ole’ Mountain Dew over Nashville?


16 posted on 08/02/2013 1:35:38 PM PDT by Catmom (We're all gonna get the punishment only some of us deserve.)
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To: SunkenCiv

*ping of interest*


17 posted on 08/02/2013 7:28:16 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: fieldmarshaldj; brytlea; cripplecreek; decimon; bigheadfred; KoRn; Grammy; married21; ...

Thanks fieldmarshaldj, extra to APoD.


18 posted on 08/02/2013 8:46:06 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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