Astronomers say exploding stars might have forced our ancestors to walk upright

It’s a wild theory — but is it crazy enough to work?

The curious case of Jupiter’s lightning, solved by the Juno craft

Lightning bolts on Jupiter are both similar and completely different from those on Earth.

Lightning reacts with the atmosphere to produce nuclear reactions and antimatter

As if lightning wasn’t insane enough.

The world’s most lightning-prone areas. The top spot gets zapped more than 200 times/square kilometer

A famous lake in Venezuela is where you’ll find the most zaps per unit area.

Scientists observe 200-mile long lightning bolt – 10 times longer than we thought possible

Scientists have just observed the longest lightning bolt on record by a long shot.

New measuring method shows that lightning can be as powerful as 20 cars hitting the earth at 60mph

Powerful enough to melt the ground where it lands.

Amazing lighting strikes filmed at 7,000 frames per second

Researchers at the Florida Institute of Technology had an awesome day on the field with their 7,000 frames per second high-speed cameras.

This is what thunder looks like (kind of)

What does lightning sound like? Thunder. Well, what does thunder look like then? It’s no trick question. Like all acoustic waves, thunder can also be visualized and Maher Dayeh from the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio was the first to turn a thunderclap into an image. His findings were shown at a meeting of the American Geophysical Union.

Map compiled by NASA shows how lightning strikes the Earth

By the time you’ve finished reading this sentence, thousands of lightning bolts had already discharged enormous amounts of energy onto Earth’s surface. Now, a map compiled by NASA using two decades worth of measurements shows which places are hit most often. For instance, land is hit more frequently than the ocean, as is the equatorial region compared to other regions of the globe.

Twice as many lightnings expected by 2100 as a result of global warming

Researchers from the  Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the University of California, Berkeley, have devised a model that projects how climate change affects atmospheric lightning discharges. According to their findings, global warming – particularly through more water vapor gathering in the upper atmosphere – will cause lightning strikes to increase in frequency by 50% during this century. More warming and

Parasitic vines may serve as lightning rods

The tropical rainforests of Central and South America aren’t threatened only by deforestation – they are also overrun by lianas, parasitic woody vines that clamber up trees and smother the forest canopy as they reach for sunlight. But the vines may actually help the trees in a way – scientists suspect they may in fact act as lightning rods. Understanding how this

Lightning in slow-mo – VIDEO in 7,207 frames per second

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 of electrons and ions that

Lightning in super slow motion

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.