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Gigantic jet recorded over Paraiba, Brazil

Gigantic jet over Brazil
© YouTube/Bramon (screen capture)
Gigantic Jet registered at JPZ4 / PB station in João Pessoa on 17/04/2020, at 21:12 (18/04 00:12 UTC). More at: http://www.bramonmeteor.org/bramon/gi...

Gigantic Jet is an electrical phenomenon from the upper atmosphere, a rare type of Transient Luminous Event (TLE) that starts as a blue jet from above the storm clouds (~ 20 km altitude) and becomes reddish, extending in some milliseconds to the upper limit of the mesosphere (~ 95 km altitude).

Music: Deep Noise - Kevin MacLeod (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P7DG1...)

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Comment: It is evident that rare, strange and stunning sights in the sky are on the increase everywhere: Also check out SOTT radio's: As well as SOTT's monthly Earth Changes Summary - March 2020: Extreme Weather, Planetary Upheaval, Meteor Fireballs:




Solar Flares

Geomagnetic storm underway - Bright auroras sighted in Montana and Canada

Aurora Borealis Montana
© Philip Granrud
Taken on April 20, 2020 @ Kalispell, Montana, USA
Earth's magnetic field is reverberating from the unexpected impact of a CME during the early hours of April 20th. G1-class geomagnetic storms are now underway with bright auroras sighted earlier today in Montana and Canada.

"Northern lights danced across the entire northwestern Montana sky early this morning," reports Philip Granrud. "I photographed them with a wide angle lens on top of my car several miles outside of Kalispell."

"It was such a nice break from everything that's been going on in the world lately," he says.

This is the first geomagnetic storm of 2020. In fact, the last time storm levels reached G1 on NOAA Storm Scales was more than a year ago: March 16-17, 2019.

Rainbow

North Georgia treated to sight of rare rainbow cloud formation

Circumhorizontal arc over N Georgia
© John Westbrook
People in parts of north Georgia got an amazing sight in the sky Saturday.

Channel 2 Action News viewer John Westbrook took pictures of a rainbow-colored cloud formation over Holly Springs in Floyd County.

Severe Weather Team 2 Chief Meteorologist Glenn Burns explains how the amazing phenomenon, called a "circumhorizontal arc" or a "fire rainbow," happens.

"High clouds made of ice crystals are hit with the angle of the sun, creating the same effect as a prism," Burns said.

The result is a wispy, iridescent cloud formation.

Cloud Lightning

Sprites recorded from Seville, Spain

Sprites over Seville, Spain
© YouTube/Jm Madiedo (screen capture)
This video shows two sprites recorded by several cameras from Seville (Spain) during a storm that took place on 2020 April 14. Sprites are electrical discharges that occur high above thunderstorm clouds, typically at heights ranging between 50-90 km. The images were recorded by means of high-sensitivity cameras operating in the framework of the SMART project (Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia, IAA-CSIC).


Comment: With the surge in sightings of red sprites in recent years (which are still considered 'rare' by some) it seems more clues as to the electrical nature of our weather is becoming more apparent: For more, check out SOTT radio's: Behind the Headlines: Earth changes in an electric universe: Is climate change really man-made?


Camera

Red sprites captured over Southeastern US

Red sprites on April 12, 2020 @ Edmond, Oklahoma
© Paul Smith
Red sprites on April 12, 2020 @ Edmond, Oklahoma
On Easter weekend, a series of severe storms swept across the Southeastern USA, battering the region with powerful thunderstorms and deadly tornadoes. In Edmond, Oklahoma, Paul M. Smith went outside on Easter morning to photograph the distant lightning. He caught these sprites leaping up from a thunderhead in Arkansas.

"The electrical storm had already passed through our area. These sprites were about 200 miles away, across the state line," he says. "After being stuck in the house for weeks, it was nice to be out and smelling the canola blooms."

Sprites are an exotic form of upward directed lightning. They often appear above the strongest thunderstorms, reaching their red tendrils up toward the edge of space. Last weekend's Easter storms likely produced a great number of sprites. Smith was perfectly positioned to photograph them--"I was just far enough away to see over the cloudtops," he explains.

Comment: Scientists observe origins of elusive sprites that appear above thunderstorms


Info

New formation theory explains the mysterious interstellar object 'Oumuamua

'Oumuamua-like objects
© NAOC/Y. Zhang
This illustration shows the tidal disruption process that can give rise to 'Oumuamua-like objects.
Since its discovery in 2017, an air of mystery has surrounded the first known interstellar object to visit our solar system, an elongated, cigar-shaped body named 'Oumuamua (Hawaiian for "a messenger from afar arriving first").

How was it formed, and where did it come from? A new study published April 13 in Nature Astronomy offers a first comprehensive answer to these questions.

First author Yun Zhang at the National Astronomical Observatories of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and coauthor Douglas N. C. Lin at UC Santa Cruz, used computer simulations to show how objects like 'Oumuamua can form under the influence of tidal forces like those felt by Earth's oceans. Their formation theory explains all of 'Oumuamua's unusual characteristics.

"We showed that 'Oumuamua-like interstellar objects can be produced through extensive tidal fragmentation during close encounters of their parent bodies with their host stars, and then ejected into interstellar space," said Lin, professor emeritus of astronomy and astrophysics at UC Santa Cruz.

Camera

Unique 'flat rainbow' spotted in Mossel Bay, South Africa

CZ over S. Africa
© Amanda Walden
A rainbow is always a welcome sight, especially in tough times like these. This particular 'flat rainbow' spotted in Mossel Bay yesterday [March 6], however, had many scratching their heads in confusion and wonder.

Photographer Amanda Walden captured a beautiful image of what appeared to be a rainbow over her home in Danabaai. However, the rainbow was without its arc, leaving Walden wondering why it appeared this way.

"I photographed this "flat rainbow" earlier today from my home in Danabay (Mosselbay)," Walden wrote in a Facebook post." A cold front is moving through the area. Could somebody please explain why it isn't arched like "normal" rainbows?"

Blackbox

COVID19 restrictions hasn't improved air quality over Germany

The Corona crisis has reduced car traffic, yet air quality has not improved. This suggests that the automobile's role in air pollution has been vastly exaggerated.

Air Quality Over N Germany
© NASA
There are fewer cars on the road in major German cities due cities to the massive COVID-19 restrictions and "green zones", "and yet it apparently does not look as if this will significantly improve air quality," reports the online German Nordkurier here.

"Despite existing driving bans in large cities and the corona protection measures, nitrogen oxide pollution remains the same and is even increasing in some cases, according to the FDP in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania."

Environmentalists and climate activists like to claim that modern cars and industry have been polluting the air with dangerous particulate matter or nitrogen dioxide, but since restrictions were put in place 3 weeks ago, no improvement has been detected thus far.

Info

Novel method discovers 139 new minor planets in our Solar System

A new method for hunting minor planets uncovered more than a hundred small, distant worlds. And the novel technique could even help resolve the mystery of Planet Nine.
Minor Planet
© NASA/JPL-Caltech
The discovery of 139 new minor planets in the outer solar system, and especially the new method used to find them, might eventually help astronomers determine whether Planet Nine exists or not.
Astronomers have discovered 139 new minor planets orbiting the sun beyond Neptune by searching through data from the Dark Energy Survey. The new method for spotting small worlds is expected to reveal many thousands of distant objects in coming years — meaning these first hundred or so are likely just the tip of the iceberg.

Taken together, the newfound distant objects, as well as those to come, could resolve one of the most fascinating questions of modern astronomy: Is there a massive and mysterious world called Planet Nine lurking in the outskirts of our solar system?

Bizarro Earth

Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Twilight Zone city exodus nobody welcome

Please go home sign
© YouTube/Adapt 2030 (screen capture)
Something out of the Twilight Zone series, cities empty after a disaster only to be met by angry locals in remote towns and cities and told to keep moving and do not come to this place. We are seeing the same from Europe to the UK to the USA, small towns closing access to part time residents or AirBNB renters escaping. With few airlines flying skies will be clearer to look for incredibly southern Noctilucent Clouds and comet C/2019 Y4 ATLAS as it brightens between the Big and Little Dippers.


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