19th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Altered Images
Pre-dawn Red Sprite

Red sprites are a little known, but spectacular form of lightning that was only discovered by science in 1989. They occur high in the atmosphere miles above active thunderstorms. The storm, to the right of the picture, was lit only by its own lightning but since it was so far away, the intervening air reddened. Meanwhile, to the left, the light is that of dawn on its way. Above stretches the Milky Way.

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Date Taken: 06.2021
Date Uploaded: 11.2021
Photo Location: Wyoming, United States of America
Copyright: © Nathan Myhrvold