- A railgun that allows me to shoot ball lightings at my enemies, like a god from greek myth
- At impact, the ball lightning violently explodes (And that wasn't even a direct hit!)
Hey, what's up guys, it's scarce here. (artistic illustration of a ball lightning)
- Please use what the direct measurements have found out about the ball lightning.
- Let's just say, that the energy requirements can be handwaved.
Some have speculated that ball lightning is a plasma ball, but that theory has been dismissed because a "hot globe of plasma should rise like a hot-air balloon" and that is not what ball lightning does.
Who cares? It responds strongly to magnetic fields, lasts longer and is hot enough, that's all we need.
We don't exactly know how ball lightnings are created, but the most likely theory is:
When lightning strikes the ground, the minerals are broken down into tiny particles of silicon and its compounds with oxygen and carbon. The tiny charged particles link up into chains, which go on to form filamentary networks. These cluster together in a light fluffy ball, which is borne aloft by air currents. There, it hovers as ball lightning, or a burning orb of fluffy silicon emitting the energy absorbed from the lightning in form of heat and light, until the phenomenon burns itself out.
This theory is supported by the direct measurements of a ball lightning.
How can I design a railgun to shoot ball lightning?
Based on what I've read a weapon like this would be terrifying.