Red Sprites (Figures 2 and 3), together with Elves and Blue Jets, belong to the category of upper-atmospheric transient luminous events.
Numerous images have also been obtained from aircraft of so-called Blue Jets (Wescott et al.
In this case, the environmental factor is not at issue: the Lightning Man site is situated in a region that is known for the dazzling lightning of the Gudjew monsoon season (between January and March), where steep escarpments form ideal conditions for observation of transient luminous events such as Red Sprites, Elves and Blue Jets.
The Mounties overcame Blue Jets 21-14 in the semi-finals and went on to tame the Giants 40-0, Blue Jets overcoming Giants 6-0 in the second-place play-off.
Christ the King Blue Jets (from left): Ryan Strain, Luke McNulty, Macauley Toner, Liam McManaman, Dan McGonaghan, Edward O'Connor, Eoin Quinn.
Blue jets, a recent discovery by scientists, are atmospheric discharges which occur much higher in the Earth's atmosphere than normal lightning.
Scientists were not able to verify the existence of blue jets until 1994, when aircraft were flown above massive thunderstorms with the high-speed video equipment necessary to capture images of the spectacular events.
Scientists are unsure of the cause and nature of blue jets.
Nobody knows for sure what causes red sprites and blue jets
One scientist presented calculations that showed that a single blue jet
, which lasts one-tenth of a second produces more nitric oxide than any other source does in a year.
Red sprites, blue jets, and elves (which may be red) appear over the parts of a thunderstorm that produce the most powerful cloud-to-ground lightning.
While researchers have observed only 50 elves and a like number of blue jets, they have documented thousands of sprites.
In the six flights out of Lima, Peru, the scientists detected 20 sprites but saw no blue jets
At a meeting of the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco last week, researchers unveiled theories to explain the phenomena, dubbed red sprites and blue jets.
The much rarer blue jets last longer, shooting up from the tops of thunderclouds in a narrow column that fans out at the top like the waterspout of a whale.