ball lightning


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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 is remarkable that we could create the synthetic electromagnetic knot, that is, quantum ball lightning, essentially with just two counter-circulating electric currents.
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And scientists believe that ball lightning was merely a hallucination caused by magnetic fluctuations during storms.
Life is only boring, friends, if you sit around expecting ball lightning to pass through your living room.
There was a flash of ball lightning that came into the set.
For years, the very existence of ball lightning was controversial," he said.
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Ball lightning is one of the strangest objects you might never see.
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Ball lightning usually moves wildly across the air before fizzing out.
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Sometimes God moves loudly, as if spinning to another place like ball lightning.