Lightning as Seen by an X-Ray Camera

This is one of the first-ever X-ray images of lightning, taken with a specialized camera developed by Meagan Schaal at the Florida Institute of Technology.

During recent thunderstorms in Camp Blanding, Florida, the camera’s electronic shutter “froze” a lightning bolt—artificially triggered by rockets and wires—as it sped toward the ground at one-sixth the speed of light.

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