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A space station view on giant lightning (May play role in global warming!)
European Space Agency (ESA) ^ | October 3, 2005 | Staff

Posted on 10/04/2005 6:56:49 AM PDT by DaveLoneRanger

Do giant flashes of lightning striking upwards from thunder clouds merely pose an extraordinarily spectacular view? Or do they actually alter the chemical composition of the atmosphere, playing a role in ozone depletion and the climate on Earth? This is the key question that may be answered by specially designed cameras, which ESA proposes to place on board the International Space Station.

The International Space Station (ISS) is the ideal setting for studies of spectacular natural phenomena well hidden from us on Earth - so-called red sprites, blue jets and elves: vast flashes of lightning striking not from clouds to the ground, but from clouds towards space.

Normally the word lightning makes us think of sharp zigzag lines striking from the clouds to the ground. Above the clouds however a quite different type of lightning can be seen. There lightning is colourful - mainly red and blue - and covers large areas of the upper atmosphere. Sometimes it can even reach the border between the atmosphere and space.

Over the last few years scientists from the Danish National Space Centre have studied these flashes with cameras placed on mountain tops. Every so often the cameras would catch a flash of lightning striking up from a thunder cloud at a lower altitude.

Placing cameras and other instruments on the Space Station would, however, dramatically improve the chances of seeing the giant flashes and study their effect on the atmosphere. The Danish National Space Centre is currently studying a package of instruments for just that purpose, known as the Atmosphere-Space Interactions Monitor (ASIM). ESA has now selected ASIM for a feasibility study (known as Phase A).

"The question is how are these giant flashes of lightning created and how often do they take place", says senior scientist Torben Neubert, head of the project at Danish National Space Centre.

It may well be that the large electrical bursts remove ozone from the atmosphere, and in so doing influence the climate. "We need to understand the natural processes which influence the atmosphere and this can help us decide which changes in the climate are man-made", Torben Neubert states.

It is still too early to say when the cameras will actually enter into service in space.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: environment; environmentalist; enviroweenies; globalwarming; globalwarmingping; greenhousegas; junkscience; lightning; nasa; pseudoscience; science; space
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Oh. *Confused look* So ... so now LIGHTNING causes global warming??

There are way too many factors in play for us to decree that humans are causing global warming. Come off the doctrine of fear, environmentalists.

FASCTINATING images of the lightning located here, with hi-rez download available! Almost as if it were designed or something!

http://www.esa.int/esaCP/SEM4HV4Y3EE_index_1.html

1 posted on 10/04/2005 6:56:55 AM PDT by DaveLoneRanger
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To: DaveLoneRanger

"We need to understand the natural processes which influence the atmosphere and this can help us decide which changes in the climate are man-made", Torben Neubert states

Keep selling the same unproven argument.


2 posted on 10/04/2005 6:59:30 AM PDT by weegee (The lesson from New Orleans? Smart Growth kills. You can't evacuate dense populations easily.)
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Oh. *Confused look* So ... so now LIGHTNING causes global warming??

And the enviros will say global warming causes giant lightning.

Wanna know the real reason for it all? It's just natural!

3 posted on 10/04/2005 6:59:41 AM PDT by airborne (My hero - my nephew! Sean is home! Thank you God!)
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To: DaveLoneRanger

Ben Franklin started it. Him and his damn kite.


4 posted on 10/04/2005 7:05:46 AM PDT by Piquaboy (22 year veteran of the Army, Air Force and Navy, Pray for all our military .)
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To: DaveLoneRanger

Freeper Troll ZOTTING Causes Global Warming?.............


5 posted on 10/04/2005 7:06:10 AM PDT by Red Badger (In life, you don't get what you deserve. You get what you settle for...........)
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To: weegee

Let's just call it "Bush Lightning".


6 posted on 10/04/2005 7:06:28 AM PDT by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: RadioAstronomer

I'm wondering...why the space station, instead of satellites?


7 posted on 10/04/2005 7:06:29 AM PDT by Mamzelle
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To: airborne

I'm confused too! I thought lightening created ozone????


8 posted on 10/04/2005 7:06:39 AM PDT by cb
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To: DaveLoneRanger

Perfect Rovian Storms cause global warming.


9 posted on 10/04/2005 7:07:04 AM PDT by varyouga (Reformed Kerry voter (I know, I'm a frickin' idiot))
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To: Red Badger

And ZOTTING does too.


10 posted on 10/04/2005 7:07:38 AM PDT by varyouga (Reformed Kerry voter (I know, I'm a frickin' idiot))
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To: DaveLoneRanger

Hmm... electric discharge would make ozone, not destroy it. That's how we earthlings make it when needed.


11 posted on 10/04/2005 7:08:14 AM PDT by GSlob
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To: DaveLoneRanger
"The question is how are these giant flashes of lightning created and how often do they take place", says senior scientist Torben Neubert, head of the project at Danish National Space Centre.

They are created by the sorcery of the EEEEEEEVIL Karl Rove, of course.

12 posted on 10/04/2005 7:09:51 AM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Hey, Cindy Sheehan, get over yourself, already!)
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To: DaveLoneRanger

Thanks for the website. I love photos of lightning. They're fascinating and beautiful!


13 posted on 10/04/2005 7:10:00 AM PDT by proudofthesouth (Boycotting movies since 1988)
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"Almost as if it were designed or something!"

Ah, Zeus worship! Or is it Thor?


14 posted on 10/04/2005 7:25:51 AM PDT by adam_az (It's the border, stupid!)
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To: Red Badger
Easy there, Speedy! You ought to check someone's record before you zot them! Thankfully, I have this handy-dandy zot shield I purchased in the Freeper store. No hard feelings. Let's shake on it.
15 posted on 10/04/2005 7:26:28 AM PDT by DaveLoneRanger (As long as liberalism and I exist, neither one of us is safe.)
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To: adam_az

Interesting assumtion, Adam! Very revealing! :-) And lay off of PatrickHenry...he gets pinged to so many things, he can't possibly keep up with them all.


16 posted on 10/04/2005 7:28:11 AM PDT by DaveLoneRanger (As long as liberalism and I exist, neither one of us is safe.)
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17 posted on 10/04/2005 7:32:56 AM PDT by Names Ash Housewares
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To: DaveLoneRanger

I didn't ZOT anybody! My beeber is on stune..............


18 posted on 10/04/2005 7:33:08 AM PDT by Red Badger (In life, you don't get what you deserve. You get what you settle for...........)
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To: Big Giant Head; Marie Antoinette

Space lightning ping


19 posted on 10/04/2005 7:43:42 AM PDT by listenhillary (The MEDIA is NOT a branch of government)
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To: DaveLoneRanger

Lightning has occurred on Earth as long as there has been an Earth.


20 posted on 10/04/2005 7:44:03 AM PDT by RockinRight (Why are there so many RINOs?)
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