Blue light flows above the clouds, which are capable of infecting the Earth’s greenhouse gases. This important discovery was made using ASIM, founded by the European Space Agency. Blue lightning flashes over the Pacific island of Nuru.
These blue lightning bolts are capable of transmitting energy up to 50 km from the clouds. Their lifespan is less than a moment, and their existence is difficult to identify. For the same reason, it is difficult to observe them from the earth. But it is relatively easy to observe blue lightning at an altitude of 400 km above the Earth from the International Space Station.
Researchers hope that learning more about blue lightning will help us understand similar energy flows in the atmosphere. It is also thought to accelerate the concentration of greenhouse gases in the Earth’s atmosphere.
In 2018, ASIM will establish the European Space Agency on the International Space Station. It includes optical cameras, photometers and X-ray-gamma ray detectors. ASIM detected five blue lightning bolts that lasted only ten milliseconds. ASIM also recorded UV currents in the ionosphere at an altitude of 80 km above the Earth.
Researchers describe blue lightning as energy lightning in the atmosphere that lasts only a few milliseconds. To date, blue lightning is one of the many natural phenomena unknown to man on our planet. An international team of scientists has brought this event to the world’s attention. The study was published in the journal Nature.
English abstract: International Space Station detects blue jets emitting lightning from thunder clouds