Lightning strike at night over a city

Lightning strike at night over a city

E145/0398 Rights Managed

Request low-res file

530 pixels on longest edge, unwatermarked

Request/Download high-res file

Uncompressed file size: 38.1MB

Downloadable file size: 3.5MB

Price image Pricing

Please login to use the price calculator


Credit: KENT WOOD/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Lightning. Branching lightning bolt at night over a city. Lightning occurs when a large electrical charge builds up in a cloud; a potential difference of 10,000 volts a centimetre is needed for electrical discharge through air. At first, leaders of electrons descend towards the ground. As soon as one makes contact an enormous return stroke surges up the leader's ionised path, producing blinding white light and temperatures as high as 30,000 degrees Celsius. The other leaders also discharge themselves through the one that made contact with the ground, producing the branching effect seen here. Photographed on a summer night over Tucson in Arizona, USA.

Release details: Model release not required. Property release not required.

Keywords: city, climate, electrical storm, lightning, lightning over, lightning over city, meteorology, motion action, move movement moving, night, storm, storms, weather

Licence fees: A licence fee will be charged for any media (low or high resolution) used in your project.