red sprites

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n red sprites atmospheric electricity (lasting 10 msec) appearing as globular flashes of red (pink to blood-red) light rising to heights of 60 miles (sometimes seen together with elves)
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Usage

In literature:

Red and purple the coal bed gleamed, with little white flame sprites dancing over it.
"Fanny Herself" by Edna Ferber
From the river, unmarked as yet by either, rose the gray face and long, red hair of a Kappa, or malicious river sprite.
"The Dragon Painter" by Mary McNeil Fenollosa
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In news:

Sprites typically appear as several clusters of red tendrils reaching upwards from the region of a lighting flash, sometimes extending as high as 55 miles into the atmosphere .
A sprite glows red in this image captured by astronauts on the International Space Station on April 30, 2012.
Besides hosting the co-branded RocketCash account and linking to the promo partner's site, Sprite .com will include hip-hop music and proprietary graphics, all the handiwork of Sprite 's interactive agency, Red Sky Interactive, San Francisco.
Astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS), show a rare atmospheric phenomenon known as a red sprite hovering just above a bright flash of lightning in a thunderstorm over Myanmar.
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