Florida lightning storm IBTimes UK

A flash of lightning has been captured on high-speed camera and recorder at 7,000 frames per second (FPS). The playback speed seen in this video is in slow motion, at 700 FPS, which allows viewers to see the lightning slowly appear in the Florida night sky like fireworks and strike the ground.

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The lightning was captured at 7,000 frames per second Geospace Physics Laboratory, Department of Physics and Space Sciences, Florida Institute of Technology

The impressive natural phenomenon was captured during a thunderstorm as part of the process of testing the camera before it is used in other scientific projects conducted by scientists from the Geospace Physics Laboratory in Florida Tech's Department of Physics and Space Sciences.

Their work will focus on capturing and studying the dynamics and energetics of the upward electrical discharges from thunderstorms known as starters, jets and gigantic jets.