Cosmic rays illuminate lightning

Particles from space provide insights into charges in thunderclouds

Lightning illuminates the sky during a storm in Weld County, Colo.

ELECTRICAL SURGE  Lightning illuminates the sky during a storm in Weld County, Colo. Researchers at LOFAR in the Netherlands developed a new technique to expose the conditions inside thunderclouds that lead to lightning strikes.

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