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This is the first-ever image of thunder

It was taken using acoustic imaging.

YOU’RE PROBABLY USED to seeing photographs of lightning by now – but bet you never realised you could capture an image of thunder too.

Science News brings us this video of thunder being captured on camera for the first time.

How did they do it?

Well, the scientists shot a copper wire into a lightning-prone cloud. The lightning then followed the wire to the ground, which meant the researchers could record the sound waves caused by the thunder.

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The green flashes in the video are caused by the copper wire, and here’s the picture (acoustic imaging) of the thunder (to the right):

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