Lightning, artwork

Lightning, artwork

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Credit: GARY HINCKS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Lightning. Artwork of bolts of cloud-to-cloud and cloud-to-ground lightning. Lightning occurs when a large electrical charge builds up in a cloud, probably due to the rapid, turbulent movement of water droplets and ice particles. The charge induces an opposite charge in a nearby cloud, or is attracted to the oppositely-charged ground, and a few leader electrons travel from one to the other. When one makes contact, there is a huge backflow of energy. This produces a bright flash of light and temperatures of up to 30,000 degrees Celsius.

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