Lightning – more than just a flashy science

Cosmos Magazine


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A lightning strike is an often exciting, sometimes frightening, occasionally deadly force of nature that has captured human imagination for centuries

From that first flash or crack across the sky to the distant rumble of thunder, it’s the hallmark of storms experienced by people the world over.

But what exactly is that flash? Where does it come from? What are the odds of being hit by a bolt of lightning?

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On this episode of Huh? Science Explained, Clare Kenyon is looking at thunderbolts and lightning (very, very frightening) and untangling the myths from the dazzling truths.

Today we’re focussing on lightning – what exactly is that flash, where does it happen, what are the odds of it hitting me and can we untangle the shocking myths from the dazzling truths?

Huh? Science Explained is a LiSTNR production.

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