Hey Space Placers!
Had an incredible lightning storm last night as I was between two lines of severe thunderstorms. At the peak of the storm there was a lightning bolt every few seconds somewhere in the sky. I saw the clouds form, the first flashes and then a continuous lightning storm for about 2 hours. The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning for our area here in the Charlottesville, VA area and it was something to see and hear. The lightning that hit our house last Sunday did not originate from such an intense outbreak.
All of this lightning helps to contribute to the study of the origin of the solar system according to new research. The good folks at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center just published a paper that discusses how lightning on Earth can be used for astronomical studies:
Read More About It: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/sunearth/news/lightning-planets.html
Sky Guy in VA