NASA start to research tops of thunderstorms

We’ve all seen brilliant images of lightning bolts appearing from the dark clouds during a storm, and most of us know about what happens during a thunderstorm. What is not familiar to most people, however, is that materials and energy emerge from the tops of the clouds, including Gamma rays and even anti-matter.

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A new lightning sensor that has arrived on the International Space Station could solve mysteries about these bursts of energy. The ScienceAtNASA channel on YouTube has posted a video explaining the new “Firestation” project:



A thin bolt of lightning called a “blue jet” shoots out the top of this New Mexico thunderstorm in a rare image captured last summer by New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology researcher Harald Edens.

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