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Antimatter Created By Thunderstorms

January 11, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

“Thunderstorms have been shown to create positrons and send them to space. As the late, great, Johnny Carson of the Tonight Show used to say, “That is some weird, wild, stuff“.

TGFs produce high-energy electrons and positrons. Moving near the speed of light, these particles travel into space along Earth’s magnetic field. High Energy Electrons in yellow, positrons in green- click to enlarge

Scientists using NASA’s Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope have detected beams of antimatter produced above thunderstorms on Earth, a phenomenon never seen before.

Scientists think the antimatter particles were formed in a terrestrial gamma-ray flash (TGF), a brief burst produced inside thunderstorms and shown to be associated with lightning. It is estimated that about 500 TGFs occur daily worldwide, but most go undetected.”

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  1. Rangchi Ahmad
    January 12, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    Thunderstorm and antimatter

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