Lightning is a massive electrostatic discharge between electrically charged regions within clouds, or between a cloud and the Earth's surface. The charged regions within the atmosphere temporarily equalize themselves through a lightning flash, commonly referred to as a strike if it hits an object on the ground. There are three primary types; from a cloud to itself (intra-cloud or IC); from one cloud to another cloud (CC) and finally between a cloud and the ground (CG). Although lightning is always accompanied by the sound of thunder, distant lightning may be seen but be too far away for the thunder to be heard.
In this amazing slow-motion video, the folks from ZT Research used a high resolution camera to capture a full lightning bolt from inception to it striking the ground. NASA‘s APOD serves a scientific explanation of the phenomenon: “The above lightning bolt starts with many simultaneously creating ionized channels branching out from an negatively charged pool [...]
While I was browsing around youtube, I came across this particular video which just blew my mind. It’s pretty much what it says on the cover, so here it is.
Well, this picture is 3 years old or so, but I haven’t seen it, so I figured there’s a chance some of you guys might have missed it too. Taken in Perth, when some locals were out on the beach to see the fireworks, the picture also captures spectacular lightning, but the really amazing thing [...]