Tuesday, February 17, 2009

A sprite over France framed in a photograph

Before the 2009 campaign takes off (in fact it seems to be a continuous process at present) here is a reminder of 2008 TLE events and observations in Europe - undertaken by some very dedicated individuals! Jan Drahokoupil, a member of the Czech Ameteur Stormchasing Society, has reported a red sprite above a Mesocale Convective System over France on 11 September 2008, at about 19:25 UT. At that time Jan was in Wengen, Switzerland, and was trying his luck with a digital photographic camera to catch a TLE. And here is the result:

The approximate direction of view is presented in this image and you can find more details from ASS web pages.