Ball lightning

Quick Facts: –
  • This rare aerial phenomenon is also known as Globe Lightning.
  • Ball Lightning is often accompanied by a hissing sound and distinct odour.
  • It usually occurs near the ground during thunderstorms and lasts only for a few seconds.
  • According to Atmospheric Maser Theory, ball lightning is formed as a result of the laser effect. Charged molecules of water present in the clouds.
  • Many surveys were conducted to ascertain the existence of this phenomenon. Only 1 out of 30 people claim to have seen ball lightning.
  • It is sometimes sighted near metal fences and other objects like wires. It shows their affinity towards metallic objects.
  • There are very few reports of people killed by ball lightning.
  • According to a Russian physicist and Nobel laureate Pyotr Kapitsa, the luminous ball acts as a resonant microwave cavity.
  • After the Survey of Kugelblitz Theories for Electromagnetic Incendiaries, a program was proposed to develop a weapons application.

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