This is what Superman would see if he looked at Lightning
This is probably what Superman would see if he looked at lighting with his X-ray vision. This is the first captured X-ray image of lighting taken by the international Center for Lightning research and Testing (ICLRT) near Gainesville, Florida (July and August).
Using a custom-built camera the size of a refrigerator capable of snapping 10 million frames per second, Florida researchers have made the world’s first crude pictures of X-rays streaming from a stroke of lightning.
Florida researchers pointed the camera at a launch tower where they sent rockets soaring with trailing copper wire – a modern-day Ben Franklin experiment to trigger lightning.
“It’s been 250 years since Franklin’s kite experiment, and only within the last decade [eight years ago] we found that lightning emits X-rays,” said Joseph Dwyer, a physicist at the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Fla.
The images are beyond blurry. They look like near-abstract blotches of white and green, better deciphered when displayed in a series with a rough sketch of the lightning tip superimposed.
“You can see the X-ray source descending,” Dwyer, told a group of lightning specialists gathered Monday in San Francisco. “You start to see the air glow in X-rays.”
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