Ball Lightning and Bead Lightning

Ball Lightning and Bead Lightning

Pitcairn (1773) report a man burned onthe shoulder byaball lightning. Other reports ofinjury toobservers by the ball lightning heat emisson include E.Hill (1897), Israel (1950), Lindemann (1951), McMillan (1889), Palmer (1752), ...

Author: James Barry

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9781475717105

Category: Science

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The purpose of this monograph is to review the known physical aspects of two unusual forms of atmospheric luminous phenomena, to deduce their characteristics and properties, and to promote efforts to improve their understanding. These two forms, called ball lightning and bead lightning, have visual images that differ from the linear image associated with normallightning. The terms "balliightning" and "bead lightning" are used to denote atmospheric luminous forms which are occasionally observed and have the geometrie shape suggested by their name. Vet, it is possible that neither phenomenon may in fact be a form of lightning in the sense of a continuous electrical discharge. Bead lightning has been described as the residue of a cloud-to cloud or cloud-to-ground lightning stroke and has the appearance of aseries of luminous balls separated by dark regions, thus resembling astring of pearls, and remains visible for about one second. Ball lightning has been described as a single luminous globe appearing ne ar the ground after a lightning stroke and also remaining visible for about one second. Both phenomena remain visible far longer than normal lightning flashes.
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Ball Lightning

Ball Lightning

Arnhoff, A. G. (1993), “A theoretical explanation of ball lightning,” in A. G. Keul (ed.) Progress in Ball Arnhoff, G. (1992), “Is there yet an explanation of ball lighting?,” European Trans. on Elec. Power Eng. Arnhoff, G. (1997), ...

Author: Mark Stenhoff

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9780306470929

Category: Science

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Down comes a deluge of sonorous hail, Or prone-descending rain. Wide-rent, the clouds Pour a whole flood, and yet, its flame unquenched, Th’unconquerable lightning struggles through. Ragged and fierce, or in red whirling balls, And fires the mountains with redoubled rage. Black from the stroke, above, the smould’ring pine Stands a sad shattered trunk; and, stretched below, A lifeless group the blasted cattle lie. James Thompson, “The Seasons” (1727) have been investigating ball lightning for more than two decades. I published a ball lightning report in Nature in 1976 that received worldwide publicity and I consequently many people wrote to me with accounts of their own experiences. Within a very short time, I had accumulated about 200 firsthand accounts, and the file has continued to grow steadily since then. Several things impressed me. Few of those who wrote to me had any detailed foreknowledge of ball lightning at the time of their observation. Nonetheless, once reports of other phenomena such as St. Elmo’s fire had been eliminated, the remaining descriptions were remarkably consistent. Furthermore, nearly all who contacted me were keen to have an explanation of what they had seen and seemed entirely sincere.
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Ball Lightning

Ball Lightning

Ball lightning issued from the tip of the rails, strands of pearls issuing an ear-splitting crackle and lighting up the surrounding ocean with an intensely flickering blue electric light. A string of red thunderballs flew across the ...

Author: Cixin Liu

Publisher: Tor Books

ISBN: 9780765394088

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

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From the New York Times bestselling author of the Three-Body Trilogy, Cixin Liu's Ball Lightning is the story of what happens when the beauty of scientific inquiry runs up against the drive to harness new discoveries with no consideration of their possible consequences. When Chen’s parents are incinerated before his eyes by a blast of ball lightning, he devotes his life to cracking the secret of this mysterious natural phenomenon. His search takes him to stormy mountaintops, an experimental military weapons lab, and an old Soviet science station. The more he learns, the more he comes to realize that ball lightning is just the tip of an entirely new frontier. While Chen’s quest for answers gives purpose to his lonely life, it also pits him against soldiers and scientists with motives of their own: a beautiful army major with an obsession with dangerous weaponry, and a physicist who has no place for ethical considerations in his single-minded pursuit of knowledge. "Wildly imaginative."—Barack Obama on The Three-Body Problem trilogy Tor books by Cixin Liu The Remembrance of Earth's Past #1 The Three-Body Problem #2 The Dark Forest #3 Death's End At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
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Ball Lightning

Ball Lightning

To me ball lighting is not a rare occurrence in this area; and I was brought up to distinguish between ball and chain lightning. Roller avoids metal. During a lightning storm, just after the lights went out, a bright fireball slowly ...

Author: Paul Sagan

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 9780595313945

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 504

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In BALL LIGHTNING: Paradox of Physics, Paul Sagan lists 230 unpublished cases from Oak Ridge National Laboratories. By their mysterious propulsion, navigation, confinement and flight against winds, fireballs "defy" gravity. His novel Sagan-Hill Hypothesis explains fireball propulsion (inertialess negative gravity) and also the Flatwoods event of September 12, 1952. A witness, Sagan publishes his interviews with other witnesses and speculates that machine intelligences hide inside comet belts. Sagan explores atmospheric physics, lightning, network analysis, quantum physics, the EPR Paradox, Wolfram computation, MONDs, WIMPs, Multiverse Theory, chaoplexity, M-Theory and more. Sagan illuminates the profound changes necessary for post-modern physics to accommodate something that is foreign to our current physics. Written for the intelligent reader, this book's remarkable clarity and minimum of mathematical notation make it accessible to both the scientist and casual reader.
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The Nature of Ball Lightning

The Nature of Ball Lightning

Storm Lightning and the Problem of Ball Lightning Chapter 2. Ball Lightning in the Prescientific Era Chapter3.The Properties andProcesses of Storm Lightning Chapter 4.The Question ofthe Existence of BallLightning Chapter 5.

Author: Stanley Singer

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9781468418668

Category: Science

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In 1837 a comprehensive discussion of lightning appeared in the Annual of the French Bureau des Longitudes with a section on ball lightning which provided for the first time a readily available source in the scientific literature of the basic properties of this curious natural phenomenon. The author, Francois Arago, was the dominant influence in the French Academy of Sciences in the nineteenth century, having become a member of that august body at the age of twenty-three. His attention alone doubtless served at that time to establish the validity of scientific interest in the problem. In addition his discussion covered some of the major questions associated with ball lightning in a nota bly clear-sighted, effective style. Later reconsideration of the same questions often provided no significant improvement over Arago's discussion. There followed a dauntless band of varying but always small number who attempted to account for an apparently simple natural occurrence, a ball of fire usually seen in thunderstorms, with the best knowledge that advancing science could provide. All attempts to deal with this phenomenon were in variably frustrated. The characteristics of ball lightning could be readily cataloged, but they firmly resisted both experimental reproduction and theo retical explanation. One may say that to this day there is no explanation accepted by a large number of scientists. Several investigators of great ability and considerable accomplishment in different fields of science, including Faraday, Kelvin, and Arrhenius, took note of the problem.
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Lightning

Lightning

Magnetic fields, ball lightning and campanology. Nature 243: 512–13. Blok, V.R., Kogan, A.Y., Kogan, B.Y., Krochik, G.M., and Lebedev, O.L. 1981. Stability of the ball lightning. Zh. Tekh. Fiz. 51: 2190. Boichenko, A.M. 1996.

Author: Vladimir A. Rakov

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781107268555

Category: Science

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Lightning: Physics and Effects is the first book that covers essentially all aspects of lightning, including lightning physics, lightning protection and the interaction of lightning with a variety of objects and systems as well as with the environment. It is written in a style that will be accessible to the technical non-expert and is addressed to anyone interested in lightning and its effects. This will include physicists, engineers working in the power, communications, computer and aviation industries, meteorologists, atmospheric chemists, foresters, ecologists, physicians working in the area of electrical trauma and architects. This comprehensive reference volume contains over 300 illustrations, 70 tables containing quantitative information and a bibliography of more than 6000 references.
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Deviant Science

Deviant Science

and disagreement that ball lightning does . The major difference between ball lightning and bead lightning observations is the personal involvement of the observer . Bead lightning is most often observed at a relatively large distance ...

Author: James McClenon

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press

ISBN: 9781512804560

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 296

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The World s Most Mysterious Objects

The World s Most Mysterious Objects

If ball lightning is a plasmoid in its magnetic bottle, then what strengthens the magnetic bottles of nature to enable the plasmoid to exist for thousands of times its life span in the laboratory? Ball lightning seems to be able to ...

Author: Lionel and Patricia Fanthorpe

Publisher: Dundurn

ISBN: 9781770707580

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 240

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Objects can carry romantic myths, embody dangerous curses, or provide links to our past. Some mysterious items, like the Hope Diamond, can still be found today, while others, like the Philosophers’ Stone, have vanished into the mists of time. Gifted and sensitive psychometrists can apparently pick up an object and learn many things about its past and its previous owners. The World’s Most Mysterious Objects provides a glimpse into these enigmas, exploring everything from psychic weapons and spiritual icons to alchemical experiments and strange devices. With this intriguing book, find out what secrets the world could be hiding.
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The Atomic West

The Atomic West

Cited in Paul M. Koloc , " A New Model for Ball Lightning , " manuscript ( 1977 ) in Tuck materials , Lanl . 37. James Tuck , " Ball Lightning , " manuscript , Lanl . 38. Harold W. Lewis , " Ball Lightning , " Nature 107 ; copy , Tuck ...

Author: Bruce William Hevly

Publisher: University of Washington Press

ISBN: 0295977493

Category: Science

Page: 286

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The Manhattan Project transformed the entire country in myriad ways, but it did not affect each region in the same way. "Atomic West" tells the story of how the U.S. government, acting on an enduring perception of the American West as an "empty" place, located a disproportionate number of nuclear facilities in the western states--especially the ones most likely to spread pollution. Maps. Copyright © Libri GmbH. All rights reserved.
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Planetary Electrodynamics

Planetary Electrodynamics

Calculations describing one of these spherical arcs ( ball lightning ? ) are presented by Uman and Helstrom ( 1966 ) . We offer now an additional physical mechanism for the phenomenon of bead lightning . Refer again to figures 1 and 2.

Author: Samuel C. Coroniti

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 0677136005

Category: Science

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