Dark Skies Specialist Stephen Hummel of McDonald Observatory was able to capture the magnificent image of a red ridge on Mount Locke in Texas on July 2. The funny thing is that until he checked his camera he could not confirm what he really thought he had seen.
He recorded four hours and 30 minutes of video footage of the storm before taking this photo of a “red goblin.” Red goblins can be huge, sometimes reaching around 50 kilometers long and 50 kilometers high. Scientists have seen red goblins around the world on every continent except Antarctica since their discovery in 1989.
Why does it look red?
Turns red due to nitrogen floating high in the Earth’s atmosphere. The electricity emitted excites the nitrogen, causing it to emit a reddish glow that gives it that spectacular touch in the night sky.