Rare red sprites dancing in the skies, above thunderstorms

Graduate student Jason Ahrns captured a stunning image of red sprites over Nebraska while aboard a plane chartered by the National Center for Atmospheric Research. And behold Scott McPartland's rare video of the phenomenon in May.

Blink and you'll miss it! You'll see a smaller one just above the telephone pole at 00:26, then a larger one left of there at 00:28.

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Here's a great story on how the scientists caught the still images and includes several more videos.

VIVID RED SPRITE BURST - Supercell Lightning Storm 5/16/2016 (YouTube/Scott McParland)