Sprites Lightning
Taken by Phebe Pan on August 13, 2016 @ Yangshan, Qingyuan, Guangdong, China
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  Camera Used: Canon Canon EOS 6D
Exposure Time: 10/1
Aperture: f/2.8
ISO: 1600
Date Taken: 2016:08:14 12:58:44
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On Aug 13, 2016, to watch the Perseids meteor shower I went to the place so-called Shi Keng Kong, where is the highest mountain peak in the Guangdong province in China.
I was using a fisheye lens to shoot at the northern east direction to try to capture the Perseids meteor. Theres a big cloud approaching from the east. We can see thunders in it. Suddenly we saw a flash, color in blue and purple, ejected from the top of the cloud in a very fast speed. It just looks like a tree with branches and grew up very fast. It lasted just within one second. So awesome!
I was so lucky to capture such a Sprites Lightning, a Gigantic Jet! When inspecting the photo carefully I found there are Red Sprites and Blue Jets. What an amazing event!
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This is a WOW~~~~~~~!!!!!
Posted by Wah! 2016-08-15 00:02:28
Crazy Cool !!! This is one of the best photos Ive seen yet of a complete Gigantic Jet. Congrats Phebe !!!!
Posted by supernova 2016-08-15 01:01:11
Hi Phebe - I work for the weather channel and would love to speak with you about using your photo! My e-mail is aubry.losito.contractor@weathergroup.com
Posted by aubryl01 2016-08-15 16:34:19
Absolutely fantastic capture - as Wah! said: WOW!!

Posted by owleye1 2016-08-15 19:36:45
Phebe...Ive seen and photographed two of these from Puerto Rico so I know how amazing they actually are to witness with your own eyes like you did. Welcome to the club of the very few people that have photographed and witnessed these remarkable displays of mother nature.
Posted by supernova 2016-08-15 20:30:56
GASP!!! Fantastic!
Posted by Telorast0 2016-08-16 06:19:26
Hello Phebe! Thank you for sharing!!

I would like to know the UTC time of the photo. It looks like you are 8 hours ahead of UTC. Please drop me a note to brucebinion@gmail.com or just post a reply.

Thank you again for thinking of sharing!
Posted by BlaznB 2016-08-16 07:07:09
Hi Phebe,
My name is Dave Mosher and Im a science and technology correspondent at Business Insider. Id love to tell a story about this image and share it with the rest of the world — you can get in touch with me at: dmosher(~~at~~)businessinsider(~~dot~~)com
Posted by davemosher 2016-08-16 12:57:26
Great photo! I am curious as to whether the storm that produced the GJ is over land or water? Also, as per the request by another post below, can you share the time of the event? If you could drop me an email slazarus@fit.edu. I have been working on several related projects (see for example http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/2015JD023383/abstract).
Posted by slazarus 2016-08-16 17:35:51
Hi! I am Phebe, the photographer of this photo, thanks for your attention! (*^-^*)
Details of this photo are as follows:
Date: August 13th, 2016
Time: 22:43:30 (UTC+8)
Location: Yangshan County, Qingyuan City, Guangdong Province, China
Coordinates: 24.895N, 112.966E
Equipments: Canon EOS 6D + Sigma 15mm Fisheye
Exposal Parameters: 10s, f/2.8, ISO1600

My E-mail: phebe.cn(at)gmail.com & phe(at)qq.com
Posted by Phebe 2016-08-17 03:20:43

I feel really sorry for the people in the photo who have got their backs to the lightning - imagine having been right there, and still not seeing it! :)
Posted by raybutler 2016-08-17 07:28:27
This is amazing! I have seen entire documentaries on the subject, with nothing like this!
Posted by onehitpick 2016-08-17 18:12:09
This is another photo for this event. Captured from another location. According to the time frame and the figure of the jet we believe they belong to the same event.

Posted by kenluo 2016-08-17 21:08:03
What a great shot! Congratulations on making it to APOD for 23 August :)
Posted by HP1954 2016-08-23 09:17:00
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