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ball lightning

n.
A rare form of lightning in the shape of a glowing red ball, associated with thunderstorms and thought to consist of ionized gas.

ball lightning

n
(Physical Geography) meteorol a luminous electrically charged ball occasionally seen during electrical storms
Translations
pallosalama
gömbvillám
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The knots exhibit many of the characteristics of ball lightning, which some scientists believe to consist of tangled streams of electric currents.
There are reports of ball lightning destroying whole buildings.
A raft of more earthly explanations included marsh gas igniting, luminous insects, the Aurora Borealis or northern lights which can extend as far down as North Wales, or St Elmo's Fire - a phenomenon in which luminous plasma glows under certain weather conditions, or ball lightning.
This paper proposes a model of ball lightning based on a mechanistic interpretation of John Wheeler's concept.
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The report also said that ball lightning - a rare, spherical form of lightning - was seen in the cabin moments before the strike outside.
From questions about ball lightning and scientific oddities to answers connecting electromagnetic effects with the supernatural, this is an exciting read for any interested in science and new age blends.
Bigons could be responsible for ball lightning, migraines, the unexplained failures of equipment and soufflA[c]s, the spontaneous human combustion -- I don't know, maybe earthquakes even," (fake) physicist Albert ManquA[c] told Discover.
Beginning with an overview of high voltage principles, the volume covers such topics as electrical field control and estimation, field dependent behaviors of air and other gaseous dielectrics, lightning and ball lightning protections, vacuums as high voltage insulation, and liquid and solid dielectric properties.
London, Dec 1 (ANI): Ball lightning - phenomena apparently witnessed by many - may be caused by space debris, suggests a new study.
An illustrated tour of everyday events and amazing spectacles, from mirages and meteors to ball lightning.
Like ball lightning, wieldzi as the Kashubians would say--enormous.