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GIGANTIC JETS ILLUMINATE HIMALAYAN SKIES



  Jun 27, 2024

GIGANTIC JETS ILLUMINATE HIMALAYAN SKIES


 
Gigantic jets, a rare and powerful form of lightning, were recently observed over the Himalayan Mountains, specifically between China and Bhutan. Captured in a stunning composite image by NASA, these jets extended from the top of a thunderstorm to the edge of space, showcasing a breathtaking celestial phenomenon.

Understanding Gigantic Jets

• Definition: Gigantic jets are a type of lightning that bridges the gap between thunderstorms and the Earth’s ionosphere. Unlike typical lightning, which occurs between clouds or between clouds and the ground, gigantic jets extend high above storm clouds.
• Discovery: These jets were documented only in the 21st century, making them a relatively recent addition to the field of atmospheric phenomena.

Characteristics of Gigantic Jets

• Appearance: The lower parts of gigantic jets resemble blue jets, which are lightning strikes from clouds to the sky. The upper sections resemble red sprites, extending into the upper atmosphere.
• Role: Gigantic jets help balance the electrical charge between different layers of the atmosphere, though their precise mechanisms and triggers are still not fully understood.

Recent Observation

• Event Details: The recent celestial event captured by NASA occurred last week, featuring four lightning discharges within minutes. This composite image, recognized as NASA’s Astronomy Photo of the Day on June 18, highlights the complexity and beauty of these jets.

Conclusion

Despite ongoing research, the exact triggers and mechanisms behind gigantic jets remain elusive. Their occurrence in the Himalayan region provided a rare and magnificent display, furthering our understanding of atmospheric electricity.


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