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Re: Ionosphere (etc) Re: Ion Motors / Electrostatic Pendulum
Original poster: "Malcolm Watts by way of Terry Fritz <twftesla-at-qwest-dot-net>" <m.j.watts-at-massey.ac.nz>
On 21 Jul 01, at 22:09, Tesla list wrote:
> Original poster: "davep by way of Terry Fritz <twftesla-at-qwest-dot-net>"
> Tesla list wrote:
> > Original poster: "by way of Terry Fritz <twftesla-at-qwest-dot-net>"
> > Hi Mike, Ben, All,
> > Since Lightning is a phenomenon of the troposphere BELOW the
> > tropopause (below 50,000ft ~15-18 km) and since the ionosphere begins ABOVE
> > the mesopause (above 260,000ft ~80-85 km) what is the transport
> > the forty or so miles ~60-65 km) in between the two?
> Tesla likely was unaware, as they've been discovered only in the
> last decade or so, but 'sprites' and 're jets', both odd
> discharges in the atmsophere, invisible from the ground, not
> noticed until the Shuttle crews spotted them.
I think also that some pilots (military, airline) also saw them
before they were officially "discovered". While flying to LA at night
recently, I was lucky enough to see one. Totally unexpected. I had a
hood over my head and was peering out at some distant thunderstorms
over the Pacific when a red, upward-travelling glow above a strike
caught my eye. Faint but noticeable.