Ball Lightning: Observers’ Tales

  • Herbert Boerner


There are more people who have seen ball lightning then one would think. It’s not so rare at all. During the last two years, I have been talking about my favorite hobby to most of my friends and acquaintances, and I was surprised to find out just how many have seen such objects. The count now stands at 12, and I hope to be able to add more soon. So let’s have a look at some examples. These accounts will explain what ball lightning looks like much better than I could. We start with a case associated with the most enigmatic circumstances, because it took place in a modern all-metal plane.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Herbert Boerner
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  1. 1.MainzGermany

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