Sky Fire: The Hunt for Red Sprites – a Talk by Peter McLeish

Sky Fire: The Hunt for Red Sprites – a Talk by Peter McLeish

Artist talk

Saturday, May 7, 2016
3pm
entrance free / this talk is in English

Peter McLeish will give a talk about “red sprites,” which are upper atmospheric phenomena associated with thunderstorms that have only recently been documented.

The first images of a sprite were taken in 1989, and despite nearly a century of anecdotal reports from airline pilots (some of whom thought the sprites were UFOs), most scientists didn’t really believe in sprites until the first images were captured on high-speed video.

Peter will talk about how his collaboration with American scientist Walter A. Lyons lead to the series of encaustic artworks currently on display at Visual Voice Gallery. Visitors will also be treated to excerpts of the documentary “The Hundred Year Hunt for the Red Sprite,” a co-production by Peter McLeish and Walter A. Lyons.

Want to know more about red sprites? Peruse these articles written by Peter McLeish.

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