Thursday, July 20, 2006

The first sprites from Mont Aigoual!

During the night of 19-20 July, the team from Toulouse has done observations from the roof of the meteorological observatory of Mont Aigoual (1567m) in the southern part of the Massif Central (north of Le Vigan). The sky was rather hazy and filled with more or less transparent cirrus clouds, and two storm systems were present, over the area near Orleans in northern France, and over northern Spain. After setting up the camera during sunset, we had to pack it again because of a light rainshower, and after that we set up again and pointed to the NNW. Then Oscar noticed the alarming red "Recording" bar in UFOCapture.... and indeed this was the first sprite, at 2204 UTC!

A second one, again a carrot type, happened at 2218 UTC. Unfortunately the bad seeing prevented from seeing more, at times. Not bad for our first try!


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