Red sprites are upper atmospheric optical phenomenon associated with thunderstorms that have recently been only documented using low level television.
The first images of a sprite were taken in 1989 and from 1990 to 1994 the space shuttle obtained twenty more images.
Despite nearly a century of anecdotal reports from airline pilots, most scientists didn't really believe in sprites until the first images were captured on high-speed video.
The blink of an eye last 250 milliseconds: sprites often last only ten. Cameras and computer models freeze sprites in time. Red Sprites were considered UFOs by pilots before their discovery.
Since 2001, Peter has been involved in a collaboration based on Red Sprites with American scientist Walter A. Lyons resulting in Lyons’s DVD titled 'The Hundred Year Hunt for Red Sprites' and also an interactive website.
Peter created the artwork in the 'The Hundred Year Hunt for Red Sprites' as well as his companion-six minute film titled 'Lightning’s Angels'.
Since 2002, both films have been presented at many major International science symposiums, conferences, etc. all over the world.
Additional collaboration has taken place with Dr. Colin Price from the Department of Geophysics and Planetary Science, Tel Aviv University.
Both films will be shown during the course of the talk.
Tea/coffee at 6pm and afterwards. Talk begins 6.30pm