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What is st.elmo's fire?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    St. Elmo's fire is an electrical weather phenomenon in which luminous plasma is created by a coronal discharge originating from a grounded object in an atmospheric electric field (such as those generated by thunderstorms or thunderstorms created by a volcanic explosion).

    St. Elmo's fire is named after St. Erasmus of Formiae (also called St. Elmo), the patron saint of sailors. The phenomenon sometimes appeared on ships at sea during thunderstorms, and was regarded by sailors with superstitious awe, accounting for the name. Alternatively, Peter Gonzalez is said to be the St. Elmo after whom St. Elmo's fire has its name.

    Ball lightning is often erroneously identified as St. Elmo's fire. They are separate and distinct meteorological phenomena.[1]

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    A "Brat-Pack" disappointment of an '80's movie starring Rob Lowe, Emilio Estevez, Demi Moore, Ally Sheedy, Judd Nelson, Andrew McCarthy, and Mare Winningham.

  • 1 decade ago

    St. Elmo's fire is an electrical weather phenomenon in which luminous plasma is created by a coronal discharge originating from a grounded object in an atmospheric electric field (such as those generated by thunderstorms or thunderstorms created by a volcanic explosion).

  • Isn't it something like when the electricity in the air builds up and there is something like a huge ball of fire in the air?

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  • jim s
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    1 decade ago

    a good movie? also a electrical conditon at sea seen by sailors off mast of ships

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