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July 26, 2017

The Night of Phelegethon! Strange Space Phenomenon observed in Australia and Hawaii

The Night of Phelegethon!

In Greek mythology, the river Phlegethon "fire-flaming" was one of the five rivers in the infernal regions of the underworld, along with the rivers Styx, Lethe, Cocytus, and Acheron.

Image left: Gigantic Jet Hawaii - Image right: Sprites Australia.

Plato describes it as "a stream of fire, which coils round the earth and flows into the depths of Tartarus". It was parallel to the river Styx. It is said that the goddess Styx was in love with Phlegethon, but she was consumed by his flames and sent to Hades. Eventually when Hades allowed her river to flow through, they reunited.

Dozens of rare bright Sprites (space lightning) triggered by the discharge of positive lightning between an underlying thundercloud and the ground have been filmed by amateur astronomer David Finlay who witnessed the space phenomenon from Kiama in Australia on the night of July 18, 2017.

David who was really surprised by the strange space phenomenon said: “It was a Sprite Phlegethon.”

The strange sky phenomenon not only appeared in Australia, a cloudcam located at the Mauna Kea Observatory in Hawaii captured another amazing lightning-like phenomenon known as a Gigantic Jet.

Gigantic Jets are related to sprites, but more powerful and they are true space weather phenomena.

Frankie Lucena of Puerto Rico, who processed the video said: The thunderstorm was north of the observatory on the night of July 24, 2017. There were several Gigantic Jets captured by the cloudcam but not all of them were complete. The ripples in the sky high above. ( Gigantic Jet around the 0.05 mark in the second video.)

 

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