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CGI Video Shared as Ball Lightning

Ouissal Harize Ouissal Harize
17th January 2023
CGI Video Shared as Ball Lightning
The video is a CGI (Twitter)

The Claim

A video shows ball lightning.

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Social media users recently widely interacted with a video that allegedly shows a blue ball lightning moving along a railway. 

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Misbar’s Analysis

Misbar investigated the circulating claim and found it to be misleading. The video is a CGI.

CGI of Ball Lightning 

After conducting a reverse image search, Misbar’s team found that the video was originally created and shared by an artist called Andrei Trukhonovets.

The artist shared the video on YouTube back on May 27, 2019. The video’s title clarifies that it is a CGI, as can be seen below.

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Misbar’s team also found the artist’s profile on ARTSTATION. The artist has many CGI artworks displayed.

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The Ball Lightning Phenomenon 

Also known as globe lightning, ball lightning is a rare phenomenon that usually occurs near the ground during thunderstorms. Ball lightning usually comes in the form of a luminous sphere that can be red, orange, yellow, white, or blue.

According to National Geographic, “The Lanzhou researchers' paper supports the theory that ball lightning results from a ground strike that creates a reaction between oxygen and vaporized elements from the soil. This ionized air, or plasma, is the same condition that enables St. Elmo's Fire, the stationary glow that is sometimes confused with ball lightning.”

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What is CGI?

CGI is an abbreviation for computer generated imagery. CGI artists digitally create still and moving images and visual effects. CGI refers mostly to 3D animations created for films, TV, and video games. It also encompasses other specialties in computer graphics such as two-dimensional and three-dimensional special effects.

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