For the first time, scientists have precisely captured a map of the boisterous bang radiating from a lightning strike. Scientists shot a long copper wire into a lightning-prone cloud using a small rocket. The generated lightning followed the wire down to the ground, allowing the researchers to record the sound waves of the resulting thunder. The green flashes are caused by the intense heating of the copper wire. Read the full story:

Credit: Univ. of Florida, Florida Institute of Technology, SRI

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