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July 20, 2014

Anti-Matter Thunderstorms

NASA's Fermi Catches Thunderstorms Hurling Antimatter into Space 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. "These signals are the first direct evidence that thunderstorms make antimatter particle beams," said Michael Briggs, a member of Fermi's Gamma-ray Burst Monitor (GBM) team at the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH).

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Interesting timing. I was watching Nova last night and the topic was lightning and the phenomena called Sprites. That is, a brief burst of lightning up into the ionosphere above a lightning strike below.

Posted by: Mother Effingby [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 21, 2014 5:54 AM

Global warming strikes again.

Posted by: Fat Man [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 21, 2014 6:30 AM

When antimatter combines with dark matter do you get doesn't matter? (Only scientific sounding answers please).

Posted by: BillH [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 21, 2014 7:00 AM

Neat stuff to know but completely beyond my ability to understand.

Posted by: Jack [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 22, 2014 8:43 AM

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