This report is from the Science Museum in London
YOU may have witnessed a few rainy thunderstorms over the last couple of weeks and spotted bright streaks of lightning flashing through the sky.
But have you ever wondered how lightning forms?
In ancient Greece, it was believed that lightning was a weapon wielded by the king of the gods, Zeus. In Norse mythology, it was caused by the strike of Thor’s hammer, Mjölnir. While in some Indian cultures, lightning is said to be brought by the Hindu god Indra.
Lightning is actually all about physics! The bolts are caused by an electric charge when ice particles in the clouds bump into each other at immense speeds.
You can watch lightning strike before your eyes at the Science Museum’s Wonderlab: The Equinor Gallery, or be hypnotised by a trick of the eye as you watch water fall upwards at the National Science and
Media Museum in Bradford. Both open this week.