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ScienceDaily (July 1, 2009) — For the first time, direct evidence of lightning has been detected on Mars, say University of Michigan researchers who found signs of electrical discharges during dust storms on the Red Planet.
The bolts were dry lightning, says Chris Ruf, a professor in the departments of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences and Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences.
Electric activity in Martian dust storms has important implications for Mars science, the researchers say.
"It affects atmospheric chemistry, habitability and preparations for human exploration. It might even have implications for the origin of life, as suggested by experiments in the 1950s," said Nilton Renno, a professor in the Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences./b]
Dry lightning is lightning that occurs where rain is not falling at the strike location or soon thereafter. This allows the lightning strike to trigger a wildfire and allow it to begin to grow.
Originally posted by Gorman91
2006? it took 3 years to research this?
Impressive.... but 3 years?
Originally posted by TheAmused
is dry lighting the same as heat lighting?lol idk
Heat lightning is a misnomer for the faint flashes of lightning on the horizon or other clouds from distant thunderstorms that do not have accompanying sounds of thunder. This occurs because the lightning occurs very far away and the sound waves dissipate before they reach the observer. Heat lightning was named because it often occurs on hot summer nights, and to distinguish it from lightning accompanied by audible thunder and cooling rainfall at the point of observation.