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EyeOfCLE

I mean one of the scientists was Steve Cummer and they referred to it as an electrical discharge. Don’t know how they could resist going with Cummer’s discharge on this one.


kirk-o-bain

Cummer cummer cummer cummer cummer chameleon


Bofinqen

Straight from the top of my dome


DamnItsDirtyDan

They come and go


FerociousPancake

Hehe. Resist.


DreamingInAMaze

Cummer’s discharge? Not Cummer’s cum?


[deleted]

You can’t just have it be an obvious sexual term, cummer’s discharge is believably scientific but at the same time… everyone knows.


PortableAirPump

So, uh, if enough people petition this, can it be a thing?


DanimusMcSassypants

The name could use some workshopping, but the phenomenon is amazing.


Subliminal_Image

Can we just call it the “Bifröst Effect”?


DanimusMcSassypants

I’m in. Currently leading right above “God’s Ejaculate”.


Subliminal_Image

Space skeet


DanimusMcSassypants

See how far he’s come!


fakerjohn

Earth burps.


sukarsono

I mean, one of the scientists is Steve Cummer


Costa0079

Star Farts?


Chrispychilla

They were called “Sprites” a couple decades ago, probably changed it for trademark reasons.


shpongleyes

Gigantic jets are different from sprites, and we still call them sprites ;). The umbrella category is “transient luminous event”, and includes things like sprites, gigantic jets, blue jets, elves, trolls, pixies, and gnomes. I’m not kidding: [https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Upper-atmospheric\_lightning](https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Upper-atmospheric_lightning) ​ Edit: For a similarly goofy name of a phenomenon in a related field, there's a type of aurora called "[STEVE (Strong Thermal Emission Velocity Enhancement)](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/STEVE)". The name came from amateur astronomers who were the first to accurately describe it, and decided to name it "Steve" like in the movie Over the Hedge, and then scientists gave it a backronym.


didwanttobethatguy

Then we should call these “Seven Ups”.


Ademante_Lafleur

Ka-me-ha-me-HA!


_ChipWhitley_

I always went the Wayne’s World route and said “cream of some young guy” while playing.


Mr_Cam86

More like a spirit bomb, no?


abzrocka

Naa. Raiden’s Rising Lightning.


AlwaysObamasFault

Commenting so I can come back and read the comments about the article.


undrgrndsqrdncrs

Replying so I can come back and see how our friendship has blossomed.


noeagle77

Maybe the real lightning is the sparks of friendship we made along the way?


Todaz

Ah, the feels


scarlet_hairstreak

I love you people.


SpaceSlingshot

What do you mean you people? *Robert Downey Junior voice*


scarlet_hairstreak

What do YOU mean you people?!


SpaceSlingshot

Such a funny fucking scene.


cindylindy22

I smell roses!


xinan55

Thought they were named sprite, or is that a different kind of lightning?


St_Kevin_

Sprites are different. Sprites are red and I don’t think they touch the cloud (I could be wrong about that). But sprites are easier to see and are more commonly photographed. There are a bunch of types of these transient luminous events.


BIG-DIG-ENERGY

Inb4 Aliens


glasspheasant

Aliens. What a dummy. We all know it’s the lizard people hard at work.


Industrious_Monkey

Hiemdal, who used the bifrost this time?


criticalhash

We should call it a Gaia flare


booblesscow

There can be only one


Onlyindef

Someone got caught powering up again.


devilabit

Marketing campaign for the new Thunder Cats movie , it went over budget it seems


gaffney116

Godzilla should be awakening any day now.


daren_sf

Don’t be so sure! With the LHC back online and operating, our timeline seems to be restoring itself. Thereby making a Kaiju appearance less likely…


BollockSnot

Explain please


anthrolooker

With this timeline, it would be weird if Godzilla didn’t show up.


ranchergamer

Highway to Heaven?


Ok_Sweet4296

That’s some over the top SOS signal.


cocobisoil

To the Batmobile


jsisbad

The Combine found us.


TrueCuriosity

Pecos Hank talks about this a good bit in some of his videos. Also shows some incredible recorded footage of jets above storms. Incredible stuff.


ilwumike

The “Hambone” cowboy mouse from Tom and Jerry?


GangesGuzzler69

I’ve always wanted to know more about that character and song


TrueCuriosity

No, but that would be fantastic.


hfjfthc

How?


scientistcowboy

It was clearly the dangerous terrorist Ororo Munroe


Straxicus2

Aren’t these just sprites?


Disgod

The Coulomb might be the best metric to use scientifically, but... it is inscrutable....


JupiterRecruit

I can scrut it!


Just-Standard-992

As a Mexican I propose we call it “Fua”


Joker_98760

This is why you avoid lightning storms with airplanes


a-really-cool-potato

Wait, the *WHAT*


hoehater

“Aliens”


Thai-mai-shoo

Funny how this happens after Prey was released. They’re here.


EmvellusX

That’s Superman making the world spin faster


Amusablefox419

Where in the world did this happen?


dreamking88

Save the clock tower!


BossLoaf1472

We know so little. Wish serious scientific endeavors got the funding they deserve