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Press Release 09-156

Lightning's Mirror Image ... Only Much Bigger

Scientists capture one-second image of huge lightning flowing 40 miles upward from storm

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Image of a gigantic jet emerging from the horizon; the thunderstorm is 200 miles away.

Trees form a horizon from which a gigantic jet emerges; the thunderstorm is 200 miles away.

Credit: Steven Cummer


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This video sequence shows a gigantic jet in a May thunderstorm in North Carolina.

Credit: Steve Cummer, Duke University

 

In a slow-motion, a gigantic jet in a July, 2008, N.C. storm is captured on video.

Credit: Steve Cummer, Duke University

 

Image of a gigantic jet, coming from a thunderstorm in N.C. on May 9, 2009, as it expands.

A gigantic jet, coming from a thunderstorm in N.C. on May 9, 2009, as it expands.

Credit: Steve Cummer


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Image of a gigantic jet as it begins to form in the May 9, 2009 thunderstorm.

The gigantic jet, pictured as it begins to form in the May 9, 2009 thunderstorm.

Credit: Steve Cummer


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