Die wahnsinnigsten Blitze: Bilder
Credit & Copyright: ChrisKotsiopoulos(GreekSky)
Explanation: Thunderstorms almost spoiled this view of the spectacular June 15total lunar eclipse.Instead, storm clouds parted for 10 minutes during thetotal eclipse phaseand lightning boltscontributed to the dramatic sky.Captured with a 30 second exposure the scene also inspired what,in the 16 year history ofAstronomy Picture of the Day,the editor considers may be the best title yet for a picture(title credit to Chris K.).Of course, the lightning reference clearly makes sense, andthe shadow play of the dark lunar eclipse waswidelyviewed across planet Earth in Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia.The picture itself,however, was shot from the Greekisland of Ikaria at Pezi.That area is known as "the planet of the goats"because of the rough terrain and strange looking rocks.
Credit & Copyright: Chris Kotsiopoulos
Explanation: Have you ever watched a lightning storm in awe? Join the crowd.Oddly, nobody knows exactly howlightning is produced.What is known is that charges slowly separate in some clouds causing rapid electrical discharges(lightning), but how electrical charges get separated in clouds remains a topic of much research.Lightning usually takes a jagged course,rapidly heating a thin column of air to about three times the surface temperature of theSun. The resulting shock wave startssupersonically and decays into theloud sound known asthunder. Lightning bolts are common in clouds during rainstorms, and on average6,000 lightning bolts occur between clouds and the Earth every minute.Pictured above, anactive lightning storm was recorded overAthens,Greece earlier this month.