Friday, June 21, 2024

Red Sprites Spotted off South African Coast | International Space Station

Red Sprites Spotted off South African Coast | International Space Station

Close-up view of red sprites off South African Coast

High-resolution wide-view of red sprites off South African Coast

NASA astronaut Matthew Dominick: "Super lucky a few weeks ago when shooting a timelapse of a lightning storm off the coast of South Africa. One of the frames in the timelapse had a red sprite. A rare event. My knowledge is pretty much just from Wikipedia but I want to know more."

Red Sprites: These mysterious bursts of light in the upper atmosphere momentarily resemble gigantic jellyfish. One unusual feature of sprites is that they are relatively cold. They operate more like long fluorescent light tubes than hot compact light bulbs. In general, red sprites take only a fraction of a second to occur and are best seen when powerful thunderstorms are visible from the side.

Technical details: 50mm lens, f1.2, 1/5s, ISO 3200

Station nadir point: 39.8° S, 25.7° E

Station altitude: 224 nautical miles (415 km)

Expedition 71 Updates:

Expedition 71 Crew
Station Commander: Oleg Kononenko (Russia)
Roscosmos (Russia): Nikolai Chub, Alexander Grebenkin (Russia)
NASA: Tracy Dyson, Matthew Dominick, Mike Barrett, Jeanette Epps

An international partnership of space agencies provides and operates the elements of the International Space Station (ISS). The principals are the space agencies of the United States, Russia, Europe, Japan, and Canada. The ISS has been the most politically complex space exploration program ever undertaken.

Image Credit: NASA's Johnson Space Center (JSC)/Astronaut Matthew Dominick

Release Date: June 20, 2024

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