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OO-DLC (cn 152) Electrifying! Avoiding thunderstorms near Karlsruhe on our flight from Brussels to Athens. Dispite the turbulence, it produced a nice picture. (exposure time: 4 seconds, tripod used). Not sure how to call this: static discharges? Saint Elmo's fire? Arcing? Anyway, very interesting!
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A visitor from United Kingdom posted Sun November 23, 2014:
I've tried to capture this myself over the years. I never carry a tripod though. Impressive picture. However, I would call this static discharge rather than St Elmo's. The wiki definition is:-

St. Elmo's fire (also St. Elmo's light[1][2]) is a weather phenomenon in which luminous plasma is created by a coronal discharge from a sharp or pointed object in a strong electric field in the atmosphere (such as those generated by thunderstorms or created by a volcanic eruption).

At the time SDS took the pic, there might have been a blue glow around external sharp points such as wiper blade ends, wiper spindles, temperature probes etc. The blue steady glow is St Elmo's, not the dancing sparks.

Regards - musang

A visitor from - posted Fri September 19, 2014:
Your plane is fully recharged :)

A visitor from - posted Sun April 7, 2013:
Just need a flying saucer to make the Sci-fi fantasy complete! (Ali Aminzadeh)

A visitor from - posted Sun April 7, 2013:
Amazing shot! Nice one!

A visitor from Austria posted Sun April 7, 2013:
Very lucky to even see St. Elmo's Fire, never mind get a picture of it!

A visitor from - posted Tue May 15, 2012:
Great timing, well captured !

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A visitor from United States posted Thu August 19, 2010:
Great, rare shot!

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Sun August 8, 2010:
Incredible. Very lucky catch, well done!

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Thu January 15, 2009:
Brilliant! You can see why it frighted the heck out of sailors.

A visitor from Trinidad And Tobago posted Mon May 5, 2008:
Great pic love it

A visitor from United States posted Fri November 2, 2007:
Wow! thunderstorm ! great view

A visitor from United States posted Wed April 11, 2007:
Fantastic moment in time for your shot! Congratulations. It is indeed a rare opportunity, and you catched it!!

A visitor from Netherlands posted Wed February 28, 2007:
Tecnically difficult, the oportunity is perfect and is wonderful from an estetic point of view

A visitor from Singapore posted Mon February 26, 2007:
Cannot be better!

A visitor from Germany posted Thu November 30, 2006:
Nice my german guy

A visitor from Spain posted Sun November 19, 2006:
Nice shot, five stars...and scaring electric forms. It looks fantastic the view from the A300 and his cockpit as well.

A visitor from Australia posted Wed September 6, 2006:
Wow nice photo! Cant get much better than that one!

A visitor from Japan posted Sun August 20, 2006:
Very nice!! truly electrifying!

A visitor from United States posted Tue June 20, 2006:
Fantastic shot! Kind of scary but only in sight, it doesnt hurt the plane and obviously everything was OK. Been on a plane once, a prop plane that got hit by lightning. Surronded by white light then everything goes off, scary yes but planes are made for that and we landed without problem. Keep up the good work!

A visitor from Germany posted Thu June 15, 2006:
Great !
The first photo of St. Elmos Fire I see !

A visitor from Costa Rica posted Sat June 10, 2006:
Great precision in capturing the lightning storm.

A visitor from Lithuania posted Sun June 4, 2006:
This is virtually unique. congratulations, stefan!

A visitor from - posted Wed May 31, 2006:
An incredible sight, nice catch!

A visitor from United States posted Tue May 9, 2006:
Wow, this is a great shot. LIKE the way the plasma is arching away from the flight deck. Just think of the engineering that went into protecting todays ac from such stuff as emi, emf, lightning, and so on!

A visitor from Germany posted Fri January 13, 2006:
Pictures of this penomenon are very, very rare. So I rate this picture very high, especially regarding the circumstances.

A visitor from United States posted Tue December 13, 2005:
Phenomenal Photography! Looks really awesome!

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Wed August 31, 2005:
WOW. i have heard stories abput St Elmos. Nice to see a pic of it

A visitor from Australia posted Thu August 25, 2005:
Rare picture of Saint Elmo's fire

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