Quentin Paratene

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Amazing new photos and video of the elusive red lightning called sprites are helping researchers understand how the mysterious electric bursts form. http://oak.ctx.ly/r/ades Graduate student Jason Ahrns captured stunning images of sprites during several flights over the Midwest this summer aboard the National Center for Atmospheric Research's Gulfstream V research plane.

A sunrise view of the Earth from a weather balloon at 60,000 ft, courtesy of the Michigan Exploration Lab