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Arrow mysterious green mast

i am watching the lightning thread and i remembered this ->

i've heard that you can get a green light around the mast couse of electricity in the air; sorry don't know the translation for this green light thing

i saw it in an old movie as a kid but i hear it from a sailor too that can happen in reality :/

is this only a legend or is it true? i know that an old electric panel/ contact can have green powder and transform electric contact into an insulator

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Isn't this called St. Elmo's fire?
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Cool

tnx St. Elmo's fire; but i will consider it a myth

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I've not seen it yet m'self but know someone who did.
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Not a myth, but often a dangerous pre-cursor to a lightning strike. YMMV.
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No Myth

Been there done that. It's not really green more of a blue color.

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Been there done that. It's not really green more of a blue color.

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Actually, the colour varies depending upon air pressure and presence of dust or smog, amongst other things.

It used to be more common in the days of tall ships - high, insulated, masts that didn't conduct the static charge before it got a chance to build up.

One thing is for certain: You will never see it on a grounded boat.
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I hope I never see it on a grounded boat, being grounded would be a very bad thing!.............oh, we are not diCUSSing that type of grounding you say?!?!?! electrical grounded........ok, I will had back to my cave now thank you very much!

I would also swag, this is not the same thing as the "green flash" at sunset/rise?

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I hope I never see it on a grounded boat, being grounded would be a very bad thing!.............oh, we are not diCUSSing that type of grounding you say?!?!?! electrical grounded........ok, I will had back to my cave now thank you very much!
LOL. Marty, your input is greatly appreciated.

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I would also swag, this is not the same thing as the "green flash" at sunset/rise?

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No, it's not - but of course you knew that already.

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