Lightning on Earth created by the Sun

Who would ever think that the Sun generates lightnings on Earth? Well, given the fact that we get a lot of energy from the Sun, this should not come as a surprise. DNews reports that cosmic rays and solar wind cause lightnings on Earth.

An interesting result from this study:

The results could prove useful for weather forecasters, since these solar wind streams rotate with the Sun, sweeping past the Earth at regular intervals, accelerating particles into Earth’s atmosphere. As these streams can be tracked by spacecraft, this offers the potential for predicting the severity of hazardous weather events many weeks in advance.

via Eurekalert.

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