This Incredible Video Shows Lightning Strikes At 7000 Frames Per Second

Published May 25, 2016 1,512 Views

Rumble / Lightning StrikesThey say you shouldn’t be outside in a lightning storm. There’s that whole static electricity and water and rubber insulation thing, we can’t really remember because we weren’t paying enough attention in science class. But it is still a sight to behold, watching nature unload all her anger on us, mere mortals, making us think how tiny we are against her might.

In this astonishing clip, each of the jagged bolts looks like they might just be the product of an evolved special effects program, but we assure you - they are all 100% natural. Scientists were able to capture the stunning lightning using a new high-speed camera; the details of nature’s might that they capture is simply breathtaking.

The amazing sight was capture by professor Ningyu Liu at the Geospace Physics Laboratory in Florida Tech’s Department of Physics and Space Sciences during a recent lightning storm in Florida. The camera shoots at a staggering 7000 frames per second. To give you an idea at just how fast the camera shoots, modern standard demand between 24 and 48 frames per second, with the absolute maximum being 60 frames per second. The playback speed is the equivalent of 700 frames per second, so every 10 seconds in the video shows about 1 second in real time.

The team of scientists hope the camera will help with the research into jets, gigantic jets and starters, which are all types of atmospheric lightning.

Credit: Florida Institute of Technology


  • nevenamarti85, 4 years ago

    This is so amazing :)

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    • Leticia21, 4 years ago

      It is amazing but also very scary :(

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  • agatam, 4 years ago

    Very interesting

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  • Petar97, 4 years ago

    I hate lightning

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  • Melissa_James, 4 years ago

    The most beautiful thing I saw today!

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  • CFer, 4 years ago

    Spooky... :/

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  • Sebastian33, 4 years ago

    I really love thunder and this is amazing , nature on hand

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  • kurbanana, 4 years ago

    coool :D

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  • DaveCasado, 4 years ago

    Nature is truly awesome! :)

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  • Nica22, 4 years ago

    Nature always has some amazing ways to impress us... The bolts of lightning are one of the most stunning natural phenomena and it is awesome to see them in a slow-mo footage. :) :) :)

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  • Robertpeterson, 4 years ago

    WOOOW! Nature is AMAZING! :D

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  • LoganStone, 4 years ago

    Interesting :)

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  • DaneAress35, 4 years ago

    OMG this is incredible!

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  • MikePriest878, 4 years ago

    Nature :D

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  • Johnny, 4 years ago

    mother of nature

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  • Jessy94, 4 years ago

    Cool, but I would prefer the video to be a little bit more fluid

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  • Paul13, 4 years ago

    This looks fabulous... true power of nature...

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    • Aaron88, 4 years ago

      Yeah it's amazing!

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  • jules993, 4 years ago

    So cool! Love seeing the lightening :)

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    • Johny1990, 4 years ago

      Love it too, but when it's not near me! :D

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