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Meh. Links are submitted by members of the Fark community. Lightning is one of the most deadly natural occurrences known to man, creating temperatures hotter than the surface of the sun and shockwaves beaming out in all directions. This thread is archived, and closed to new comments. Not all those flashes hit the ground — some happen between or inside clouds. As they freeze, ice particles become separated from the water drops by convection, building a charge, which is discharged as lightning. Lightning strikes are not only dangerous; they can be deadly. Disclaimer: This page is kept for historical purposes, but the content is no longer actively updated. Plus lightning doesn't strike every section in the body. 'Cool' just doesn't quite fit, you know? BS, I saw that scene in War of the Worlds. It is also one of the most deadly natural phenomena known to man. Gases, including water vapor, rise from deep within the planet. The temperature of lightning is not high enough to trigger this nuclear fusion. Wow, looks like that would do more than 3 damage... That picture has obviously been altered to make the Jews look bad. A bolt of lightning can reach a temperature of 53,540 degree Fahrenheit as compared to just 10,340 degree Fahrenheit of the sun! Whereas a lightning bolt can reach a temperature of 53,540 degrees Fahrenheit or 30,000 Kelvin, which is 5 times hotter than the Sun! Lightning can be beautiful, scary and destructive, some five times hotter than the surface of the sun and carrying a 300 million Volt shock. I also never expected this to go green. In fact, lightning can heat the air it passes through to 50,000 degrees Fahrenheit (5 times hotter than the surface of the sun). Life of a lightning strike. This charge is so intense, that the temperature rises up to 30 000 Celsius, which is about five times hotter than the surface of the sun. Prueitt, M.L., 1963: The excitation temperature of lightning. Lightning is estimated to be 50,000 degrees Fahrenheit. To give you the numbers (which I had to look up! In less than a microsecond, a lightning strike can produce heat five times hotter than the surface of the sun. About 50,000°F—­five times hotter than the surface of the sun. In 1980-81, Voyager detected radio signals called sferics, which like whistlers are signs of lightning. However, a lightning strike can … Yes, lightning is hotter than the sun but to be more specific lightning is hotter than the surface of the sun. Energy from a lightning channel heats the air briefly to around 50,000 degrees Fahrenheit, much hotter than the surface of the sun. Lightning is an amazing and breathtaking sight to witness. In addition, lightning is even hotter than the surface of the sun, at about 53,000 degrees F. If there’s a storm around you, the best place to be is inside. Lightning is as beautiful as it is powerful – a violent, hotter than the surface of the Sun electrical marvel. A man named Walter Summerford was struck by lightning 3 times in his life. The peak wavelength at which something glows is dependent solely on temperature, as described by the Planck function (pops), so the fact that lightning glows blue while the sun glows white (with its peak wavelength in the green section, but constructive interference above and below green causing it to appear white) indicates that lightning must be hotter than the sun. it will go through the tires or could actually melt them. A lightning bolt is so powerful (it’s hotter than the surface of the sun! ) The life cycle of the lightning starts in cumulonimbus clouds, or otherwise known as thunderheads. When Voyager 1 flew by Jupiter in 1979, its imager captured areas nearly as … The surface of the sun is estimated to be about 10,000 degrees Fahrenheit. Believe it or not, lightning temperature readings are nearly off the charts. I call for a 'hot' tag. – Source. At the same time it is one of the most dangerous and unpredictable of all natural phenomena. Men are over 4 times more likely to be struck by lightning than women. Lightning is extremely hot—a flash can heat the air around it to temperatures five times hotter than the sun’s surface. Lightning is caused by an electrical charge in the atmosphere that is unbalanced. Could this brew become electrically charged and generate lightning? While this is quite remarkable, it also is very dangerous. Lightning is extremely hot—a flash can heat the air around it to temperatures five times hotter than the sun’s surface. Lightning has also been observed on gas giant Saturn. Like what? Lightning creates heat hotter than the sun. No wonder any water in lightning's path is immediately vaporized. So while it wouldn't be accurate to say a bolt of lightning is hotter than the sun itself, these flashes of electrical energy do reach higher temperatures than the surface of the sun. It’s hotter than the sun How hot is a lightning bolt? Burns are rare from lightning. Most of the heat is extremely concentrated and isn't able to spread due to permeability problems with the surrounding medium, pretty much like lightning which is also significantly hotter than the surface of the sun. However, a striking fact is the charge carried down the small channel. Turn on javascript (or enable it for Fark) for a better user experience. Not saying that lightning isn't hotter than the surface of the sun though. The life cycle of the lightning starts in cumulonimbus clouds, or otherwise known as thunderheads. Except that it isn't "surface of the sun". 2. But might lightning on other planets be even more astonishing? Stay tuned as this electric story unfolds on science.nasa.gov. With a nearby strike, heat takes time to move from a hot spot to a cooler spot. A lightning bolt is 5 times hotter than the surface of the sun. Allow us to explain that last fact. How hot is a lightning bolt? Gurnett has used Mars Express’s radar system receiver to conduct a five year search for lightning associated with dust storms on Mars. Lightning Bolt....Lightning Bolt....Lightning Bolt.... What about Jessica Alba? Hotter than how much of the sun? Venus, for example, has a hot, dry atmosphere made up mostly of carbon dioxide suffused with sulfuric acid. However the instrument picked up no signs at all. A bolt of lightning can reach a temperature of 53,540 degree Fahrenheit as compared to just 10,340 degree Fahrenheit of the sun! With bolt temperatures hotter than the surface of the sun and shockwaves beaming out in all directions, lightning is a lesson in physical science and humility. Well the core of the sun is definitely hotter than lightning but I think lightning can sometimes be hotter than the surface of the sun. How do Earth, the planets, and the heliosphere respond? Fast greenlits always are of great concern. University of Iowa physicist Don Gurnett is one of the scientists whose Voyager instrument detected radio waves called whistlers -- signs of lightning. The surface of the Sun has a temperature of 10,340 degrees Fahrenheit or 6,000 Kelvin. Badass! This charge is so intense, that the temperature rises up to 30 000 Celsius, which is about five times hotter than the surface of the sun. And recently Juno, flying closer to Jupiter than any previous mission, found that most of Jupiter’s lightning is around the planet’s higher latitudes, unlike Earth, where lightning strikes primarily over land and most intensely at the equator. What are the characteristics of the Solar System? However, a striking fact is the charge carried down the small channel. The temperature of lightning is comparable to that of hot blue stars, or about five times hotter than the surface of the Sun. As an addendum, lightning glows because the energy heats the air around the actual lightning bolt (which is in fact a tunnel of air that has been temporarily ionized into a conducting path by the electrical potential energy between a very charged cloud and a very neutral ground, which then has that electrical imbalance traveling through it like current travelling through a wire), causing it to be hot enough to glow blue-white. Lightning Across the Solar System Lightning is as beautiful as it is powerful – a violent, hotter than the surface of the Sun electrical marvel. Whoa. Yes it did get greenlit pretty fast. That same instrument easily detected sferics during a similar flyby of Earth two months later, leading him to believe that there is no Earth-like lightning present on Venus. Lightning flashes more than 3 million times a day worldwide — that’s about 40 times a second. Lightning can be beautiful, scary and destructive, some five times hotter than the surface of the sun and carrying a 300 million-volt shock. Lightning — it may look cool when you see it streak across the sky, but it's also an incredibly dangerous, unpredictable force of nature. Lightning is hotter than the surface of the sun, so THIS is the hottest pic you'll see today, Star Wars, new music, bad food, and celebrity art are all on the Fark Weird News Quiz, Dec. 13-19: Boxing Day Edition, Super Bowl LVI has been pushed back one week because the NFL wants their 17-game schedule, The CEO of yet another Bitcoin company 'disappears', In other news, there are certified professional LEGO builders, Parkinson's forcing Billy Connolly into retirement, Do you use a French press to brew coffee? The lightning does seem to be hotter than sun's surface, but it is nothing compared to temperatures inside the sun's core. Something similar happens on Jupiter. As a consequence the air around a bolt of lightning expands in an explosion that causes a massive shock wave. It seems people who know a lot less about physics want to argue with OmniscientSean. Subby has the bigger e-penis and, therefore, wins. Voyager also captured other, less ‘flashy’ signs of lightning. The bolt of lightning is heaps hotter than the Sun. Javascript is required to view headlines in widget. )-lightning can reach up to about 30 000 degrees C-the surface of the sun is only about 6 000 degrees C Hotter than the surface of the Sun, yes. Where's Ben Franklin and his kite when ya need him? However, lightning is several times hotter than the surface of the sun. What is hotter than the surface of the sun is the ion channel that the current runs through. Lightning can be beautiful, scary and destructive, some five times hotter than the surface of the sun and carrying a 300 million Volt shock. "many things" are hotter than the sun? But … “The temperature of lightning is hotter than the surface of the sun.” Further readings: Uman, M.A., 1984: Lightning. Consider this. If you can’t be inside, stay away from tall objects and try to stay as low to the ground as possible. 3. When the charges become separated enough, a lightning bolt discharges. Meaning whatever the target was burned at a temperature as hotter than the sun, but the flames burn so slow it's unlikely that's the case. In effect, lightning is 5 times hotter than the surface of the sun. No. Lightning is a powerful burst of electricity that happens very quickly during a thunderstorm.. A bolt of lightning is 5 times hotter than the surface of the sun.. 2. … This shock wave travels through the sky as the sound of thunder. However, the core of the Sun is far hotter than this. When Cassini flew by Venus twice in 1998 and 1999 Gurnett did a search for lightning with a radio instrument perfect for detecting signs of lightning sferics. Lightning is one of the most beautiful displays in nature. Dover Press, 298 pp. than at its surface. For more on NASA Science, visit https://science.nasa.gov. This is the number of comments. Bullshiat, why is't the water evaporating then? NARRATOR: Lightning is a rapid discharge of electrical energy in the atmosphere. Lightning can be beautiful, scary and destructive, some five times hotter than the surface of the sun and carrying a 300 million Volt shock. New Horizons cameras captured lightning flashes on Jupiter ten times as powerful as anything ever recorded on Earth. About one in 200 homes are struck by lightning each year, resulting in torched homes and even injury. Rubber tires offer no protection from lightning. The European Space Agency’s Venus Express orbiter has picked up bursts of electromagnetic waves some scientists attribute to whistlers, but others argue that the instrument’s frequency range was too low to detect the usual forms of whistlers. How many people made that their desktop? Similarly, the filament in an … Cassini recorded similar emissions at Saturn, revealing that, for strong storms, lightning occurred as many as ten times per second! The surface of the sun is estimated to be 10,000 degrees Fahrenheit. Copyright © 1999 - 2020 Fark, Inc | Last updated: Dec 27 2020 18:51:59 Massive trees and buildings can be completely destroyed by a single lightning bolt. “Fulgur” is the Latin word for lightning. When lightning strikes a tree, the heat vaporizes any water in its path possibly causing the tree to explode or a strip of bark to be blown off. Lightning is as beautiful as it is powerful – a violent, hotter than the surface of the Sun electrical marvel. At around 50,000 degrees Fahrenheit, lightning is actually hotter than the surface of the sun! Prepare to die, Jake Tapper has total-banninated Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany from CNN, because she lies even when the truth sounds better. That rationale entirely ignores light given off by whatever material is being burned though. All the submissions, none of the calories. Contact Us  |  Report a bug/error msg  |  Terms of service/legal/privacy policy At 50,000 degrees F—hotter than the surface of the sun!—lightning blasts the sand, vaporizing the area where the bolt of electricity shoots through the sand and melting the surrounding sand into dark glass. Lightning can be beautiful, scary and destructive, some five times hotter than the surface of the sun and carrying a 300 million Volt shock. At 50,000 degrees F—hotter than the surface of the sun!—lightning blasts the sand, vaporizing the area where the bolt of electricity shoots through the sand and melting the surrounding sand into dark glass. Each spark can span over five miles in length, reach temperatures hotter than the surface of the sun and contain 100 million volts of electricity. It's "hotter than the sun". So, it wouldn't be completely accurate to say that a bolt of lightning is hotter than the sun itself, but these flashes of electrical energy do reach temperatures higher than the surface of the sun. Runtime: 0.335 sec (335 ms). This has clearly been edited by a Reuters photographer seeking to gain sympathy with worldwide anti-storm sentiment. This causes the air to explode outward. That's 8 million lightning strikes per day. Lighting on the sun must be, like. Click here to read them. – Source. You're not being very precise. Thunder Thunder is caused by the tremendous heat connected with the lightning flash. 1-5 Facts. Lightning is hotter than the sun at what distance? OmniscientSean: If you're refering to another burning effect. When Voyager 1 flew by Jupiter in 1979, its imager captured areas nearly as big as the U.S. lit up by lightning in Jupiter’s clouds. Juno detected peak rates of four strikes per second -- similar to rates on Earth. ... That's three times hotter than the surface of the sun. Lightning strike is hotter than the surface of the sun and can reach temperatures around 50,000 degrees; A bolt of lightning hits the ground somewhere in the world about 100 times every second. Just wanted to get a discussion going. Now, atmospheric scientists are learning more about superbolts, a rare breed of extreme lightning bolt that can stretch for hundreds of miles and be a thousand times brighter than an ordinary lightning stroke. Are you even correct about the heat in the first place, given that arcs can be made to glow almost any color depending on the gas they pass through? Life of a lightning strike. Because other than a nuclear blast, and lightning, and then possibly some random man-made laboratory experiments, not sure what you are thinking of, as I know of nothing else natural on earth that is as hot as the sun's surface. Other Farkers comment on the links. But might lightning on other planets be even more astonishing? Gurnett says, “On Earth, you can hear these high-frequency radio emissions on your car’s AM radio as ‘radio static’ during a nearby lightning storm.”. That search didn’t find lightning, however, images from the Mars Global Surveyor show bright flashes in dust storms, as well as craters on Mars that some scientists believe to be evidence of lightning strikes on the planet’s surface. On Earth, lightning forms because colliding ice crystals and water drops inside clouds create positive and negative electric charges which become separated by convective forces. It's hotter than the surface of the sun… The Sun's core is 16000000 Celsius while lightning a typical lightning bolt is about 25000 Celsius. ... destroyed something with the equivalent energy of the Sun. Technically, lighting itself doesn't have a temperature. This is actually so hot it is plasma, another state of matter. Shutterstock. Lightning losses to the United States economy approaches $7 billion per year and kills an average of 47 people. You need to create an account to submit links or post comments. Consider this. Lighting Fun Fact: Around the world, lightning strikes about 1,000 times a second. Gurnett has been involved in the search for lightning on other planets across the solar system as well. 1. lightning pictures, apply directly to fark.com, just looks like a cheesy photoshop filter. Is she hotter than the surface of the sun? A lightning bolt is 5 times hotter than the surface of the sun. “Fulgur” is the Latin word for lightning. When community members submit a link, they also write a custom headline for the story. Only about 54,000 degrees Fahrenheit — roughly five times hotter than the surface of the sun! Lightning is incredibly hot, five times hotter than the surface of the Sun at 30,000 degrees Celsius. 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