The odds of getting struck by lightning in any given year are about 1 in 300,000. And although roughly 90% of those struck survive, the electrical discharge scars some of them with a tattoo-like mark, known as the Lichtenberg figure. But that’s not all. A lightning bolt can heat the surrounding air to 27,760 degrees Celsius – which is five times hotter than the sun – and can contain up to 1 billion volts of electricity.
And although roughly 90% of those struck survive, the electrical discharge scars some of them with a tattoo-like mark
A lightning bolt can heat the surrounding air to 50,000 degrees Fahrenheit (27,760 degrees Celsius)
When this amount of energy enters your body, it short-circuits the small electrical signals that run the heart, lungs, and nervous system
The Lichtenberg figures are the results of the lightning moving toward the surface of the body
“I just know it struck in our neighbor’s backyard, and it was bright and loud. I didn’t feel anything”
“I just came back inside like nothing was wrong. Umm…my arm was sore. <…> [It was] maybe an hour before I saw the marks”
“A few hours after it happened it really started to bother me. The next day it was bad. The blisters started forming; they were really big” They kept on growing for a week!
Which are named after the German physicist Georg Christoph Lichtenberg who originally discovered and studied them
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