Lightning

Lightning

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Credit: JIM REED/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Lightning. Multiple bolts of cloud-to-cloud lightning ('crawlers') light up the night sky over Kansas. Lightning occurs when a large electrical charge builds up in a cloud. This is probably due to the rapid movement of water droplets and ice particles in the turbulent interior of the cloud. The charge induces an opposite charge in a nearby cloud, and a few 'leader electrons' travel from one to the other. When one makes contact, there is a huge backflow of energy along the path of the electron. This produces a bright flash of light and temperatures of up to 30,000 degrees Celsius. A few cloud-to-ground strikes are also shown. Photographed in Kansas, USA.

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