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International Space Station sheds light on blue jets from thunderstorms – Physics World – physicsworld.com

Phenomenon unleashes waves of ionization in the upper atmosphere

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View from above: photograph of blue jets taken by ESA astronaut Andreas Mogensen on board the International Space Station in 2015. (Courtesy: ESA/NASA)
Intense blue jets that form during thunderstorms and extend into the stratosphere have been studied in detail by researchers in Denmark, Norway and Spain. Led by Torsten Neubert at the Technical University of Denmark, the team used thunderstorm observations taken aboard the International Space Station (ISS) to work out how the jets form, and how…

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