This Super Slow-Mo Lightning Footage Has Taken the Internet By Storm!

Using cutting-edge cameras, Florida Institute of Technology scientists filmed a lightning storm near their Melbourne campus at an incredible 7,000 frames per second. The resulting footage gives a stunning view of the shockingly fast storm, which took place on May 20, 2016.

Researchers acquired the camera through a generous grant from the National Space Foundation. Principal Investigator Ningyu Liu hopes their new gear will help us better understand the physics of high-altitude lightning phenomena, which happen so quickly that science can’t yet entirely explain how they happen.

Did you know lightning strikes Earth’s surface 100 times every single second? Though it not uncommon to see a streak or two of lightning, it is always an amazing sight to see! We are lucky to see a lightning storm in slow motion — otherwise we could miss it in a blink of an eye!

Check out the one-of-a-kind footage, played back at 700 frames per second!

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