It’s a wild theory — but is it crazy enough to work?
Lightning bolts on Jupiter are both similar and completely different from those on Earth.
As if lightning wasn’t insane enough.
A famous lake in Venezuela is where you’ll find the most zaps per unit area.
Scientists have just observed the longest lightning bolt on record by a long shot.
Powerful enough to melt the ground where it lands.
Researchers at the Florida Institute of Technology had an awesome day on the field with their 7,000 frames per second high-speed cameras.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.