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Tracking lightning from Space: How satellites keep you safe during thunderstorms?

16 July 2018

Lightning strikes, giant sparks of electricity in Earth's atmosphere that are hotter than the surface of the sun, are a major hazard during thunderstorms. Knowing when and where lightning is occurring can tell us a lot about a storm - including its location, whether it's intensifying, and if the storm is capable of producing severe weather.

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The Copernicus Sentinel-3A satellite takes us over Shanghai, China, in this image captured on 29 April 2017.

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