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ball lightning

[′bȯl ¦līt·niŋ]
(geophysics)
A relatively rare form of lightning, consisting of a reddish, luminous ball, of the order of 1 foot (30 centimeters) in diameter, which may move rapidly along solid objects or remain floating in midair. Also known as globe lightning.
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It's far more likely that the electrical current is coming from a thundercloud 5 kilometres above the ground, rather than a direct line to the ionosphere 100 kilometres away," said John Lowke, a ball lighting researcher at Australia's national science agency in Sydney.
Our inspiration for this look was the 50s and 60s so we went a bit wild with coloured pottery, chrome ball lighting and space age time pieces.
The association has been able to attribute most sightings to ball lighting and Chinese lanterns but its main interests lie in UFOs that cannot be explained.