Mystery of ball lightning solved?

A team of Australian scientists has proposed a new mathematical theory to explain the mysterious phenomenon known as ball lightning.
Sightings of ball lightning have been made for centuries around the world – usually about 10 cm in diameter and lasting up to twenty seconds – but no explanation of how it occurs has been universally accepted by science.

Previous competing theories have cited microwave radiation from thunderclouds, oxidizing aerosols, nuclear energy, dark matter, antimatter, and even black holes as possible causes.

The new theory, reported in a paper in the Journal of Geophysical Research Atmospheres, focuses on how ball lightning occurs in houses and aeroplanes – and how it can pass through glass. The theory also proposes that ball lightning is caused when leftover ions – electric energy, which are very dense, are swept to the ground following a lightning strike.

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