Nuclear lightning

Hydrogen-bomb explosions can generate their own lightning. Ground-level detonations, like this 1952 test of an experimental thermonuclear device on Eniwetok in the South Pacific, cause a negative charge to be deposited in the atmosphere, resulting in long discharges not produced by clouds. This is a frame from movie footage shot at a distance of about 18 miles from ground zero. The lightning channels have been enhanced for visibility.

Nuclear lightning

Hydrogen-bomb explosions can generate their own lightning. Ground-level detonations, like this 1952 test of an experimental thermonuclear device on Eniwetok in the South Pacific, cause a negative charge to be deposited in the atmosphere, resulting in long discharges not produced by clouds. This is a frame from movie footage shot at a distance of about 18 miles from ground zero. The lightning channels have been enhanced for visibility.

(Source: pbs.org)


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