Blue Jet Lightning

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Some comic book geeks may think this beam of light was caused by Thor, but it’s actually blue jet lightning. Scientifically speaking, this is a form of upper-atmospheric lightning, or in other words, electrically induced forms of luminous plasma. These are also considered a transient luminous event (TLE) because the various types of electrical-discharge phenomena in the upper atmosphere lack several characteristics of the more familiar tropospheric lightning. Click here to view the first image in today’s viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a motorcyclist having a bit too much fun at a red light.