Date:9 February 2010

With a very lucky shot, scientists have captured a one-second image and the electrical fingerprint of huge lightning that flowed about 60 km upward from the top of a May storm in North Carolina. These rarely seen, highly charged meteorological events are known as gigantic jets, and they flash up to the lower levels of space, or ionosphere. Watch this video sequence of a gigantic jet…

Read news story: Lightning's mirror image… only much bigger

Video and image credit: Steven Cummer/Duke University

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