Lightning – Ball Lightning
A ball is simply a round oblong object with many uses. In most ball games, the action of the game follows that of the shape of the ball when it’s hit, tossed or thrown. Balls can also be employed for less simple activities, like juggling or catch. In many ways balls have replaced golf clubs as the favored tool for club players. However, there are some differences between the way balls and clubs are played.
Balls are generally thrown by individuals who make use of a stick with a flat end to poke the ball out of a hole. Many of these “pings” come from the hands of novice players. More advanced players use a device called a maser. The laser generates a beam of light that is used to hit the ball with suchocity that it will exit the hole at a specific velocity. These days, many people call balls “ball lightning.”
If you’ve ever seen lightning, then you probably didn’t realize that the lightning was merely electrical in nature. Lightning is actually a very complicated phenomenon involving many different processes. Although it can be somewhat understood, the actual causes of lightning remain a mystery. Ball lightning, on the other hand, occurs when a player strikes a ball with a spiked or domed object that has a low density discharge rate. As it leaves the ball, this energy puffs up the ball into a column that resembles a column of smoke. As the column rises, it also displaces air molecules around it, which in turn produces a visible light, much like a firework.
The explanation as to why ball lightning occurs has not been fully understood. One hypothesis on the matter is that when the ball is struck with the spiked ball item, the shock produced by the contact makes the air molecules around the ball “spike” up. The resulting light is maser-solar energy, and it glows green. This phenomenon, the generation of green light from the ball lightning, can be compared to a solar flare, which sends out long streams of high-energy ultraviolet radiation. This may also explain the green glow of plasma commonly found in plasma television screen panels.
Another hypothesis on the origin of ball lightning involves the Maser Effect. The Maser Effect describes how an electric current, induced by a direct current, can create an impulse that changes the electrical charge of a charged system. To understand this, let’s revisit our basic understanding of electricity. In a battery, an electrical field that is induced by some sort of voltage is altered to cause the creation of an impulse, or “spike”, in the circuit. The effect is described by the term “Voltage Imbalance.” In the case of ball lightning, the spike in the ball can be taken to mean the imbalance caused by the direct current that hit the ball.
If ball lightning occurs, there is an electrical field close to the point of impact that can release large amounts of current. As the ball zig-zags across the earth, these balls discharge into either a cloud or atmosphere, depending on their altitude and composition. Many times, these balls collide with land, which often discharges the energy into the air and creates ball lightning. Whether or not you believe in this explanation, one thing is certain: if you witness this type of lightning – whether from a lightning storm, lightning bolt, or manmade – pay close attention to the ensuing discharges.