Last week, Puerto Rican photographer Frankie Lucena recorded what is considered as one of the best-ever photos of a Gigantic Jet.
This Gigantic Jet plasma event occurred over a very powerful thunderstorm near the Virgin Islands and also near Tropical Storm "Peter" at 02:41 UTC on September 21.
"Lightning on Earth is getting weirder and weirder," said Dr. Tony Phillips of SpaceWeather.com.
"Indeed, this is one of the best-ever photos of a Gigantic Jet," Phillips said.
"Sometimes called 'Earth's tallest lightning,' because they reach the ionosphere more than 50 mi [80 km] high, the towering forms were discovered near Taiwan and Puerto Rico in 2001 – 2002. Since then, only dozens of Gigantic Jets have been photographed. They seem to love storms over water and are famous for surprising passengers onboard commercial aircraft."
"Frankie has photographed a rare Gigantic Jet with 'carrot' morphology, first reported by Su et al (2003)," said lightning researcher Oscar van der Velde of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. "The other, more common type of jet has a 'tree' morphology."
Featured image credit: Frankie Lucerna
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