At some point in your life you’re going to say to yourself, “I’ve seen it all.”
That’s precisely when life is going to tell you to sit down and shut up, because you’re about to get a surprise!
It was a regular thunderstorm one evening; nothing spectacular about it. Nonetheless our fearless videographer was taping the storm, which we’re not exactly sure why, and we’re even more unsure as to what it was that came next.
A ball of lightning?!
It’s an extremely rare phenomena, but it is a “Thing.”
It has been reported to occur every hundreds of years, and last year it was filmed for the very first time!
There’s no consensus on why exactly it occurs this way, but in theory it goes:
In this study, ball lightning is assumed to have a solid, positively charged core. According to this underlying assumption, the core is surrounded by a thin electron layer with a charge nearly equal in magnitude to that of the core. A vacuum exists between the core and the electron layer containing an intense electromagnetic (EM) field, which is reflected and guided by the electron layer. The microwave EM field applies a ponderomotive force (radiation pressure) to the electrons preventing them from falling into the core.
Here’s the video in its entirety: