Hungarian astronomers visited Chile in March,
2012 to observe the Zodiac from a noise-free environment. On the night of 21st
March they monitored the horizon towards Argentina to the East where a
thunderstorm swept through behind the mountain ridge of Andes.
During the night, seven TLEs were caught on
camera between 04:52UT and 06:42 UT by applying a series of 8 second exposures and
even more have been seen by naked eye. The camera was a Canon EOS 60D equipped
with Sigma 18-50 mm
lens used at 35mm/ISO2500 then later at 50mm/ISO6400.
The captured TLEs were all very similar.
Representative examples are shown below. The images are courtesy of Károly
Camera directions were found by matching
the star map with the images in UFO Analyzer. If the top of the diffuse
emissions is assumed to lie at a height of 90 km, the visible sections
of these events are at 67-90 km. Horizontal extensions of the diffuse tops then were 5.6-6.6 kms.
Were these events huge carrot sprites or gigantic
jets? Comments are welcome!
Can you spot the meteor?