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Astronauts Eye Lightning and Gamma Rays

March 26, 2014

Astronauts Eye Lightning and Gamma Rays

Lightning flashes occur 4.3 million times a day on Earth. The Firestation, a new instrument aboard the International Space Station, includes photometers to measure lightning flashes, radio antennas to measure the static (a proxy for the strength of the electrical discharge) and a gamma-ray electron detector.