A Czech amateur astronomer has captured an ultra-rare meterological phenomenon on film in Hungary.
Sprites – bursts of light that resemble a jellyfish – form above storms and only last a few milliseconds. They are so difficult to capture that the phenomenon was only discovered in 1989. However, an amateur photographer has now managed to take a photograph of it above Hungary.
Czech amateur astronomer Martin Popek made the shot late on Wednesday evening and subsequently disclosed it on the Severe Weather Facebook page.
Sprites are large-scale electrical discharges that occur high above thunderstorm clouds, or cumulonimbus, giving rise to a quite varied range of visual shapes flickering in the night sky. They are triggered by the discharges of positive lightning between an underlying thurdercloud and the ground.
Unbelievably, Mr. Popek has already immortalised a phenomenon on a previous occasion, in the Czech Republic last year.