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Hist. Geo Space. Sci., 9, 79-83, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/hgss-9-79-2018
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24 May 2018
An early record of ball lightning: Oliva (Spain), 1619
Fernando Domínguez-Castro Instituto Pirenaico de Ecología, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Zaragoza, 50059, Spain
Abstract. In a primary documentary source we found an early record of ball lightning (BL), which was observed in the monastery of Pi (Oliva, southeastern Spain) on 18 October 1619. The ball lightning was observed by at least three people and was described as a rolling burning vessel and a ball of fire. The ball lightning appeared following a lightning flash, showed a mainly horizontal motion, crossed a wall, smudged an image of the Lady of Rebollet (then known as Lady of Pi) and burnt her ruff, and overturned a cross.
Citation: Domínguez-Castro, F.: An early record of ball lightning: Oliva (Spain), 1619, Hist. Geo Space. Sci., 9, 79-83, https://doi.org/10.5194/hgss-9-79-2018, 2018.
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We found an early record of ball lightning, which was observed in the monastery of Pi (Oliva, southeastern Spain) on 18 October 1619. The ball lightning was observed by at least three people and was described as a “rolling burning vessel” and a “ball of fire”. The ball lightning appeared following a lightning flash, showed a mainly horizontal motion, crossed a wall, smudged an image of the Lady of Rebollet (then known as Lady of Pi) and burnt her ruff, and overturned a cross.
We found an early record of ball lightning, which was observed in the monastery of Pi (Oliva,...
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