Meteorologists and skywatchers alike got a rare treat this month when one of the rarest atmospheric phenomenon appeared over the stormy Caribbean Sea. The apparition is known as a jellyfish sprite, and is rarely seen, let alone captured on camera; the first known photograph captured of a jellyfish sprite dates to only 1989. This rare lightning-like phenomenon is sometimes called an “A-bomb sprite” due to its resemblance to the mushroom clouds generated by nuclear weapons.
Sprites such as this “jellyfish” type are a form of extreme electrical discharge that occurs far above typical thunderstorm clouds. Unlike traditional lightning that reaches very high temperatures, sprites are a cold form of plasma and typically appear as red or orange.
The sprite was spotted and filmed by Frankie Lucena of Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico, who posted his footage online:
While meteorologists are no longer surprised by the sprites, which have by now been photographed and documented thousands of times around the world, UFO hunters are already claiming these scientific explanations to be inaccurate and believe the mysterious apparition to be some sort of static discharge from an alien spacecraft entering Earth’s airspace. According to UFO Sightings Daily, the sprite explanation is a cover-up for an extraterrestrial visitor:
It is plain to see there is a giant jellyfish UFO hiding inside this cloud and its soaking in the power of the electricity causing lightning all around it. Some ships deliberately create these storms just so they can feed off of them, regardless of the damage they may cause the public.
Whether it’s a UFO or just some rare atmospheric electrical discharge, the footage is certainly awe-inspiring. Rare phenomenon such as these sprites reveal that despite our best attempts at understanding our world through science, the Earth remains a mysterious place to live.