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Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Space Lightning over Hawaii
Source - Space Weather News for July 26, 2017: http://spaceweather.com
LIGHTNING OVER HAWAII: This week, automated cameras atop a dormant
volcano in Hawaii captured rare footage of Gigantic Jets leaping up
from a powerful thunderstorm. The strange-looking bolts reached toward
the edge of space, delivering a surge of electricity to the top of
Earth's atmosphere. These unusual forms of "space lightning" could
become more common in the years ahead as declining solar activity
allows more ionizing cosmic rays to penetrate Earth's atmosphere. Learn
more on today's edition of Spaceweather.com.