This re­port is from the Sci­ence Mu­seum in Lon­don

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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.

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