NASA to study tops of thunderstorms

Gamma rays, anti-matter and other cool stuff explode from the tops of storm clouds


Most people know about what happens during a thunderstorm, and we've all seen brilliant images of lightning bolts appearing from the dark clouds during a storm.

What most people don't know, however, is that energy and materials emerge from the tops of the clouds, including Gamma rays and even anti-matter. A new lightning sensor that has arrived on the International Space Station could solve mysteries about these bursts of energy. The ScienceAtNASA channel on YouTube has posted a video explaining the new "Firestation" project:

Of course, every time I hear about Gamma rays I start thinking about The Incredible Hulk, but I'm pretty sure you won't get those super powers by flying over a thunderstorm cloud.

Keith Shaw rounds up the best in geek video in his blog. Follow Keith on Twitter at @shawkeith. For the latest IT news, analysis and how-tos, follow ITworld on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+.

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