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  1. #1 ball of fire 
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    can somebody please explain how a ball of fire can seperate from the flame of a candle and float in the air? is this possible? i could have sworn i saw this happen, but only once and never again. it looked so weird i hever seen anything like that.. awesome though! but dont work for me any more

    anyway..it was a small candle with normal flame. after i lit the candle i put the match in water because i liked watching the candle spark. i kept sparking, and then all of a sudden the flame went practically out then reappeared with this perfectly ball of fire it was so pretty and it was just staying in the air above the candle flame for afew seconds and i probly could have put my finger under it. then it went out...dissapeared...never to be seen again..


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    Do you mean put the wet match into the flame?

    Look at it on a larger scale, when your pour water ont a fat fire it 'explodes', the mechanism (as I understand it) is as follows...

    The surafce of burning fat is far hotter than 100C, the thickness of this hot layer depends upon how long the fire has been going.

    Now pour water on it, initially the 'cold' water through momentum, falls through the surface layer, it then almost instantly boils and increases it's volume (as steam) the expansion is so rapid that it propels the fat above out into the air, as large drops of oil. this oil is ignited as a consequence of both passing through the flames of the fire and contacting O2 molecules in the air.

    What you saw may simply have been the same effect but on a much smaller scale. Make sense?


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    yea. yea that gotta be it, thanks! its only real hard to do with candle.
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