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Volume 8, issue 1
Hist. Geo Space. Sci., 8, 53–56, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/hgss-8-53-2017
© Author(s) 2017. This work is distributed under
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Hist. Geo Space. Sci., 8, 53–56, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/hgss-8-53-2017
© Author(s) 2017. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Short note 12 Jun 2017

Short note | 12 Jun 2017

Ball lightning: a Renaissance account from Zafra (Spain)

José M. Vaquero1,2 José M. Vaquero
  • 1Departamento de Física, Universidad de Extremadura, 06800 Mérida, Spain
  • 2Instituto Universitario de Investigación del Agua, Cambio Climático y Sostenibilidad (IACYS), Universidad de Extremadura, 06006 Badajoz, Spain

Abstract. An analysis is given of the account of a globe of fire observed in Zafra (Spain) in the middle of the 16th century. During a strong storm, Conde Don Pedro observed what he described as a globe of fire that was directed against the city and abruptly changed course. He attributed the change in course to a miracle. He described neither any damage nor sound.

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An analysis is given of the account of a globe of fire observed in Zafra (Spain) in the middle of the 16th century. During a strong storm, Conde Don Pedro observed what he described as a globe of fire that was directed against the city and abruptly changed course. He attributed the change in course to a miracle. He described neither any damage nor sound.
An analysis is given of the account of a globe of fire observed in Zafra (Spain) in the middle...
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