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Space program of Taiwan claim lightning discovery

Scientists at the National Space Program Office in Taiwan have announced a breakthrough in the study of giant electrical discharge and colored lightning phenomena in the upper atmosphere, saying such occurrences over the skies of Asia and Africa were successfully imaged and recorded by Taiwan’s ROCSAT-2.

Launched on May 21, it is now at a mission orbit of 891 kilometers, the remote-sensing satellite is currently the world’s only spacecraft capable of carrying out the investigation of rare giant lightning and other transient luminous events in the upper atmosphere, known in their varying forms as “Red Sprite,” “Airglow,” “Sprite Halo,” “Blue Jets,” and “Elves”