lightning

If Exoplanets Have Lightning, it’ll Complicate the Search for Life

Discovering exoplanets is almost routine now. We've found over 5,500 exoplanets, and the next step is to study their atmospheres…

4 months ago

Why Pulsars Are So Bright

When pulsars were first discovered in 1967, their rhythmic radio-wave pulsations were a mystery. Some thought their radio beams must…

4 years ago

Every Time Lightning Strikes, Matter-Antimatter Annihilation Happens too

A new study from a team of Japanese researchers has shown that matter-antimatter annihilations happen as a result of lightning…

7 years ago

What Did Cassini Teach Us?

In just a few months, NASA's Cassini spacecraft is going to die, crashing into the planet Saturn. Let's look back…

7 years ago

Astronomy Cast Ep. 424: Lightning

It turns out that nature figured out how to use electricity long before humans did. Lightning storms are common across…

8 years ago

What Causes Lightning?

Thunder and lightning. When it comes to the forces of nature, few other things have inspired as much fear, reverence,…

9 years ago

Rare Images of Red Sprites Captured at ESO

At the ESO's observatories┬álocated high in the Atacama Desert of Chile, amazing images of distant objects in the Universe are…

9 years ago

Astrophoto: Milky Way Rising Above Spectacular Lightning Display

Here's another beautiful astrophoto, courtesy of photographer Justin Ng from Singapore. He's currently on a photography trip to Malaysia and…

10 years ago

Navy Researchers Put Dark Lightning to the SWORD

Discovered "by accident" by NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope in 2010, dark lightning is a surprisingly powerful -- yet invisible…

11 years ago

Weird Gravity Waves Pulse From a Tropical Cyclone

Last Monday, May 13, the Suomi NPP satellite captured a fascinating image of Tropical Cyclone Mahasen as it moved northeast…

11 years ago