After years of describing red sprites as “rare” and “elusive,” astronauts on the International Space Station are out to prove me wrong. They photographed two entirely unrelated sprites above thunderstorms in the Midwest and Mexico within minutes. What’s going on?!
If ever you felt uncertain about the sheer power of thunderstorms, this gorgeous video of a gigantic forming supercell over Wyoming should convince you otherwise.
Earth and space combine to create a striking image from photographer Bret Webster. The Milky Way almost looks as though it's come crashing through our atmosphere in a fury of thunder and lightning.
Antimatter seems impossibly exotic, something that exists only in particle accelerators or in cosmic events many light-years away. But the next time there's a big thunderstorm, look up at the sky: you're looking at the creation of natural antimatter bursts.
When other planets do storms, they do 'em right. The Cassini spacecraft snapped photos of this monster thunderstorm on Saturn that's been raging for five months now, each lightning bolt packing 10,000 times more juice than it's Earthly counterparts. Jupiter's still got the illest storm in the solar system with it's…