TIL about the weather phenomenon dubbed St. Elmo’s fire. It occurs when a luminous plasma is created in an electrical field, resulting in a bright blue glow accompanied by a sharp cracking noise. When affecting ships at sea, it often warned of an incoming lightning strike, leaving sailors awestruck.

Read more: https://www.britannica.com/science/Saint-Elmos-fire

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  1. As someone who had an entire decade of my life influenced by the film St Elmo’s Fire… this is a prime example of everything you know to be reality fading away… but hey… maybe one day it will have citizen cane stats

  2. > “Look aloft!” cried Starbuck. “The St. Elmo’s Lights! The corpusants! the corpusants!”

    > All the yard-arms were tipped with a pallid fire; and touched at each tri-pointed lightning-rod-end with three tapering white flames, each of the three tall masts was silently burning in that sulphurous air, like three gigantic wax tapers before an altar. — *Moby Dick*

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