The power of the goddess, having indeed been manifested in previous times, has been abundantly revealed in the present generation. In the midst of the rushing waters it happened that, when there was a hurricane, suddenly a divine lantern was seen shining at the masthead, and as soon as that miraculous light appeared the danger was appeased, so that even in the peril of capsizing one felt reassured and that there was no cause for fear. Robert Burton wrote of St.
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Elmo's fire in his Anatomy of Melancholy : "Radzivilius, the Lithunian duke, calls this apparition Sancti Germani sidus; and saith moreover that he saw the same after in a storm, as he was sailing, , from Alexandria to Rhodes". On 9 May , while on the second voyage of John Davis commanded by Sir Edward Michelborne to the East Indies, an unknown writer aboard the Tiger describes the phenomenon; "In the extremity of our storm appeared to us in the night, upon our maine Top-mast head, a flame about the bigness of a great Candle, which the Portugals call Corpo Sancto, holding it a most divine token that when it appeareth the worst is past.
As, thanked be God, we had better weather after it". William Noah, a silversmith convicted in London of stealing 2, pounds of lead , while en route to Sydney , New South Wales on the convict transport ship Hillsborough , recorded two such observations in his detailed daily journal.
While the exact nature of these weather phenomena cannot be certain, they appear to be mostly about two observations of St. Elmo's fire with perhaps some ball lightning and even a direct lightning strike to the ship thrown into the mix. On 20 February , [note 1] during a severe electrical storm, James Braid , surgeon at Lord Hopetoun 's mines at Leadhills , Lanarkshire , had an extraordinary experience whilst on horseback:.
On Thursday 20th, I was gratified for a few minutes with the luminous appearance described above [viz. It was about nine o'clock, P. I had no sooner got on horseback than I observed the tips of both the horse's ears to be quite luminous: the edges of my hat had the same appearance. I was soon deprived of these luminaries by a shower of moist snow which immediately began to fall. The horse's ears soon became wet and lost their luminous appearance; but the edges of my hat, being longer of getting wet, continued to give the luminous appearance somewhat longer.
I could observe an immense number of minute sparks darting towards the horse's ears and the margin of my hat, which produced a very beautiful appearance, and I was sorry to be so soon deprived of it. The atmosphere in this neighbourhood appeared to be very highly electrified for eight or ten days about this time. I can find no person in this quarter who remembers to have ever seen the luminous appearance mentioned above, before this season,—or such a quantity of lightning darting across the heavens,—nor who have heard so much thunder at that season of the year.
This country being all stocked with sheep, and the herds having frequent occasion to pay attention to the state of the weather, it is not to be thought that such an appearance can have been at all frequent, and none of them to have observed it. Weeks earlier, reportedly on 17 January , a luminous snowstorm occurred in Vermont and New Hampshire.
Saint Elmo's fire appeared as static discharges on roof peaks, fence posts, and the hats and fingers of people. Thunderstorms prevailed over central New England. Charles Darwin noted the effect while aboard the Beagle. He wrote of the episode in a letter to J. However, he may have been talking about ball lightning ; as mentioned earlier it is often erroneously identified as St.
Elmo's fire: "There, directly over where we had been standing, upon the main top-gallant mast-head, was a ball of light, which the sailors name a corposant corpus sancti , and which the mate had called out to us to look at. They were all watching it carefully, for sailors have a notion, that if the corposant rises in the rigging, it is a sign of fair weather , but if it comes lower down, there will be a storm".
Nikola Tesla created St. Elmo's fire was seen around the coil and was said to have lit up the wings of butterflies with blue halos as they flew around.
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Elmo's Fire flickering along the airship's back. Standing outside the main gate to the Naval Air Station, he watched, together with his wife and son, as the airship approached the mast and dropped her bow lines. A minute thereafter, by Heald's estimation, he first noticed a dim "blue flame" flickering along the backbone girder about one-quarter the length abaft the bow to the tail.
There was time for him to remark to his wife, "Oh, heavens, the thing is afire," for her to reply, "Where? Heald's son, physicist Mark A. They did indeed witness the Hindenburg tragedy, but my grandfather had no prior experience of St. Elmo's Fire, and no background to support his identification of what he saw as such. My father has protested people's uncritical passing along of his father's assumption on many occasions. Laurence on August 9, as he was aboard Bockscar on the way to Nagasaki.
I noticed a strange eerie light coming through the window high above in the Navigator's cabin and as I peered through the dark all around us I saw a startling phenomenon. The whirling giant propellers had somehow become great luminous discs of blue flame. The same luminous blue flame appeared on the plexiglass windows in the nose of the ship, and on the tips of the giant wings it looked as though we were riding the whirlwind through space on a chariot of blue fire.
It was, I surmised, a surcharge of static electricity that had accumulated on the tips of the propellers and on the dielectric material in the plastic windows. One's thoughts dwelt anxiously on the precious cargo in the invisible ship ahead of us.
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Was there any likelihood of danger that this heavy electric tension in the atmosphere all about us may set it off? I express my fears to Captain Bock, who seems nonchalant and imperturbed at the controls. He quickly reassures me: "It is a familiar phenomenon seen often on ships.
I have seen it many times on bombing missions. It is known as St. Elmo's Fire. One of the earliest references to the phenomenon appears in Alcaeus 's Fragment 34a about the Dioscuri, or Castor and Pollux. The phenomenon appears to be described first in the Gesta Herwardi ,  written around and concerning an event of the s.
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However, one of the earliest direct references to St. Elmo's fire made in fiction can be found in Ludovico Ariosto 's epic poem Orlando Furioso It is located in the 17th canto 19th in the revised edition of after a storm has punished the ship of Marfisa, Astolfo, Aquilant, Grifon, and others, for three straight days, and is positively associated with hope:.
But now St. Elmo's fire appeared, which they had so longed for, it settled at the bows of a fore stay, the masts and yards all being gone, and gave them hope of calmer airs. In Shakespeare 's The Tempest c. Elmo's fire acquires a more negative association, appearing as evidence of the tempest inflicted by Ariel according to the command of Prospero:.
About, about, in reel and rout, The death fires danced at night; The water, like a witch's oils, Burnt green and blue and white. Later in 18th century and 19th century literature associated St. Elmo's fire with bad omen or divine judgment , coinciding with the growing conventions of Romanticism and the Gothic novel. For example, in Ann Radcliffe 's The Mysteries of Udolpho , during a thunderstorm above the ramparts of the castle:. Tintin recognizes the phenomenon on Captain Haddock 's ice-axe.
Vonnegut's The Sirens of Titan also notes the phenomenon affecting Winston Niles Rumfoord's dog, Kazak, the Hound of Space, in conjunction with solar disturbances of the chrono-synclastic infundibulum.
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