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2010-12-01 11:25:00

Australian astrophysicist Stephen Hughes said that some UFO sightings could be explained by ball lightning and other atmospheric phenomena.

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2010-09-27 07:00:00

Despite the great differences between the atmospheres of Venus and Earth, scientists have discovered that very similar mechanisms produce lightning on the two planets.

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2010-09-21 11:10:00

Satellites are big and cost a lot of money -- at least that's the impression a couple of University of Maryland-College Park students had when they applied for an internship to help construct a satellite instrument with scientists at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.

2010-08-26 09:04:00

LYSTRUP and HERLEV, Denmark, August 26, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- The Danish high-tech company Terma is to head a European space project with the objective to take measurements and make observations from the International Space Station (ISS). (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20100926/405945 ) The research project ASIM -The Atmosphere Space Interactions Monitor - is an observatory that in 2014 will be placed at the exterior of the Columbus module of the European part of the...

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2010-08-26 10:45:06

Imagine devices that capture electricity from the air ― much like solar cells capture sunlight ― and using them to light a house or recharge an electric car.

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2010-08-04 08:20:00

Lightning's connection to hurricane intensification has eluded researchers for decades, and for a riveting 40 days this summer, NASA lightning researchers will peer inside storms in a way they never have before.

2010-06-24 07:45:00

MARYVILLE, Mo., June 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- This year marks the 10th Lightning Safety Awareness Campaign, June 20-26.

2010-06-21 15:33:00

MADISON, Wis., June 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Coinciding with this year's Lightning Safety week, June 21-June 27, Weather Central's MyWeather.com division launches 2010 PinPoint Lightning(TM), the only iPhone application with live lightning strike data and alert notifications.

2010-06-20 08:10:00

*In Support of National Lightning Safety Awareness Week, June 20-26, 2010 HARTFORD, Conn., June 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Hurricanes and tornadoes receive the news coverage, but according to Underwriters Laboratories (UL), lightning accounts for more than one billion dollars annually in structural damage to buildings in the U.S.


Latest Lightning Reference Libraries

Weather Reference Library
2012-05-10 10:05:27

When we think of thunderstorms we have to remember the deadliest part of those storms and that is the lightning that occurs with them. Lightning is found in many forms. The first type of lightning is known as cloud to cloud meaning that the electric charge travels from one cloud to the other. The second type of lightning is the Cloud to Air meaning the lighting moves from the cloud and enters the clear air of the sky. A third type of lightning is the cloud to ground. This is the most...

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2010-10-21 17:15:50

A lightning rod is a metal conductor mounted on the top of a building and connected through a wire to the ground to protect the building from lightning. The rod should conduct the electricity from a lightning strike down through the wire instead of passing through the building. The rod is just a single component in the lightning protections system along with rooftop conductors and multiple conductive paths. Benjamin Franklin invented the lightning rod in 1749. The taller the building the...

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2009-07-21 16:27:18

Heat Lightning is actually faint flashes of lightning reflecting outward from distant thunderstorms. These flashes usually do not produce thunder as the storm is sometimes too far away to be heard. The term heat lightning got its name because it often occurs on hot summer nights and does not produce audible thunder. One reason heat lightning can be seen so far away is due to the reflection of the light bouncing off water particles in moist, humid air and as light is scattered throughout the...

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megalophonous
  • Having a loud voice; vociferous; clamorous.
  • Of grand or imposing sound.
The word 'megalophonous' comes from Greek roots meaning 'big' and 'sound'.