Lightning is an atmospheric electrical discharge (spark) accompanied by thunder, usually associated and produced by cumulonimbus clouds, but also occurring during volcanic eruptions, or in dust storms or even caused by violent forest fires which generate sufficient dust to create a static charge.
How lightning initially forms is still a matter of debate.
The irrational fear of lightning (and thunder) is called Astraphobia. The study or science of lightning is called Fulminology, and someone who studies lightning is referred to as a Fulminologist.
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February 14, 2009
Muhammad Ponari (L), who locals believe possesses healing powers, dips his "magic stone" into a bottle of water.
MOHAMMAD Ponari was, until last month, a typical kid in the impoverished East Java village of Balongsari. Then, quite literally, lightning struck.
The nine-year-old, who had been playing in the rain in his front yard, was hit by the thunderbolt but, to the astonishment of his young friends, he was unharmed.
All the more bizarre, according to an account by his village chief and his family, when he came to, he found a stone the size of an egg on his head, and was convinced he possessed healing powers.
The Man Who Survived the Most Lightning Strikes:
One in ten thousand people are struck by lightning over 80 years of life. That’s 1 in 10000. Do you think it’s possible to get struck twice (that’s a 1 in 100,000,000 chance)? Thrice (a 1 in 1,000,000,000,000 chance)? Imagine getting struck seven times? Mathematically that’s a one in ten octillion chance (an octillion has 27 zeroes – so the exact figure here would be 1 in 10,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000) which is next to impossible. Or is it?
1942, the clouds sent a direct bolt of lightning which hit Sullivan’s leg and exited through his toe, leaving behind a burned toenail.
Airbus A380 Struck By Lightning While Landing In London
Lichtenberg figures (Lichtenberg-Figuren, or "Lichtenberg Dust Figures") are branching electric discharges that sometimes appear on the surface or the interior of insulating materials or even as scar in people that were struck by lightning. They are named after the German physicist Georg Christoph Lichtenberg, who originally discovered and studied them.
|Georg Christoph Lichtenberg|
When they were first discovered, it was thought that their characteristic shapes might help to reveal the nature of positive and negative electric “fluids”.
In 1777, Lichtenberg built a large electrophorus to generate high voltage static electricity through induction. After discharging a high voltage point to the surface of an insulator, he recorded the resulting radial patterns in fixed dust.
By then pressing blank sheets of paper onto these patterns, Lichtenberg was able to transfer and record these images, thereby discovering the basic principle of modern Xerography.
This discovery was also the forerunner of modern day plasma physics.
Although Lichtenberg only studied 2-dimensional (2D) figures, modern high voltage researchers study 2D and 3D figures (electrical trees) on, and within, insulating materials There is a video at the end of this post that shows a Lichtenberg figure being created.
Below will find a small gallery of people who were struck by lightning and the fractal pattern it left behind.
Lighting & Religion
|GREEK GOD ZEUS|
The Aztecs portrayed lightning as a supernatural power of the god Tlaloc, visualized as his axe. In mythology, Tlaloc was the bringer not only of beneficial rain but of storms, killer lightning bolts, flood, and disease
|AZTEC GOD TLALOC|
Pērkons/Perkūnas is the common Baltic god of thunder, one of the most important deities in the Baltic pantheon. In both Latvian and Lithuanian mythology, he is documented as the god of thunder, rain, mountains, oak trees and the sky.
|NORDIC GOD THOR|
|HINDU GOD INDRA|
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