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LIGHTNING FROM SPACE


Today I discovered that the International Space Station has lightning detectors installed.  Well technically they call it a Firestation Instrument and it includes "photometers to measure lightning flashes, radio antennas to measure the static (a proxy for the strength of the electrical discharge), and a gamma-ray electron detector."  So yea... I'm just going to call it a lightning detector. 

According to NASA: across the atmosphere of Earth, lightning flashes about 50 times per second. That’s 4.3 million times a day and roughly 1.5 billion times a year... and due to the "lightning detector" they've apparently gotten TWO really cool photos from those 1.5 billion flashes.  So not a great track record but whatever, enjoy the space lightning!






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03/27/2014 12:09PM
LIGHTNING FROM SPACE
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