So, What’s With The New York Skies?

What’s With The New York Skies?

Is it the apocalypse? Is this Thanos finally snapping? Of Course it’s the aliens right? They always land on the US first anyway.

New York skies showed a scary science-fiction blue this thursday evening. Tweets broke out (obviously) and the whole city was in a frenzy.

Is it the apocalypse? Is this Thanos finally snapping? Of Course it’s the aliens right? They always land on the US first anyway.

New York skies showed a scary science-fiction blue this thursday evening. Tweets broke out (obviously) and the whole city was in a frenzy.

Con Edison later tweeted, “There was a brief electrical fire at our substation on 20th Avenue & 32nd Street in Astoria this evening, which caused a transmission dip in the area. All power lines serving the area are in service and the system is stable. “

NYPD News also tweeted out saying, “Confirming incident in #Astoria was result of transformer explosion. No injuries, no fire, no evidence of extraterrestrial activity. Please continue to follow @FDNY and @Conedison”

By the next day, everything had cleared up but the question still remains, what actually happened and how is this going to affect everything around?

According a Con Edison Substation spokesperson, the reason for all of this was an ‘electric arc flash’ that transmits 138,000 volts of electricity tied to a faulty equipment and problematic protective device.

The voltage detector failed, which led to the fault, Since the device is 20 feet above the ground, its lighting arc will look similar to thunder and lighting (or a cosmic ray of fire, in our case)

Despite everybody’s suspicion, no transformers or fire were involved in the event. NYPD also believes that there was no criminality involved.

New York Skies
New York Skies

According to NY Times, “When an electrical current moves through air in an electrical arc, it alters the molecules in the air, charging them with energy, splitting them into atoms and ionizing them. Electrons, excited by the extra energy, get separated from their atoms. The result is a plasma, or charged gas.

When the electrons and ions in a plasma recombine, the atoms glow and emit visible light. The same process is behind fluorescent light bulbs, neon signs and lightning. In all those cases, the color of the light is characteristic of the elements and atoms involved.

On Thursday, when the electrical arc ripped apart oxygen and nitrogen molecules in the air, the light was a surreal blue.

New York Skies
New York Skies

The flash continued for as long as there was power to supply it. Once the faulty equipment stopped emitting an electrical current, New York’s brief close encounter ended.”

So it looks like there is no eminiting or overpowering danger as of now. Although, Con ed hasn’t finished investigating.

The utility workers’ union did not believe there was any reason to be concerned about the safety of the facility.

In connection with the incident, about three gallons of dielectric fluid, which cools electrical equipment, were released, a Con Ed spokesman said Friday. But the fluid, which is not hazardous, was contained within the substation, and the spokesman said the company did not expect there to be a major environmental impact from it.

There seems to be no indication that asbestos or other harmful particles were released at any point.

 

 

 

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