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First Direct Evidence Of Lightning On Mars Detected

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posted on Jul, 1 2009 @ 12:23 PM
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First Direct Evidence Of Lightning On Mars Detected


www.sciencedaily.com

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.
(visit the link for the full news article)




posted on Jul, 1 2009 @ 12:23 PM
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I was going to write something, but found it would only really be a paraphrase of this from the same article:


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]


So it's esier just to quote him and agree.

Nitrates, Lightning Key to Life at Early Earth

I know Mars is a long way off from the above scenario but still interesting.


www.sciencedaily.com
(visit the link for the full news article)

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posted on Jul, 1 2009 @ 12:42 PM
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Wow that's impressive as hell.

I hope they continue to release this stuff, I bet you NASA has known about this for years but stayed mute.

Mars is fastly becoming something much more than we thought it was.

~Keeper



posted on Jul, 1 2009 @ 12:54 PM
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2006? it took 3 years to research this?

Impressive.... but 3 years?



posted on Jul, 1 2009 @ 12:56 PM
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Why do I feel like everything is moving along just the way it is supposed to be going?

Is Mars becoming our new earth? Did we leave a dying planet and come to this earth long ago?

I feel a new awakening in my life. I see a purpose to all things happening.

And most importantly I See a new hope for man kind.

Did the ancients leave us a history that we haven't been able to understand?

Maybe we need to look at ancient markings and monuments in a different light.

Maybe it's about time for a cleansing of evil from this earth so we can move on to a new home.

Steven Hawkins already said we would have to leave earth and colonize another planet if man kind had any chance to survive. This I believe to be true.



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posted on Jul, 1 2009 @ 01:05 PM
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Dry Lightning ? I heard of wet snow and dry rain ..

Well, it is year of astronomy this year, so I guess we get all the clues this year !
Great find !

Dry Lightning

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.


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posted on Jul, 1 2009 @ 02:02 PM
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Originally posted by Gorman91
2006? it took 3 years to research this?

Impressive.... but 3 years?



Star for you, i'm useless, I must have skimmed through that!

Amazing what you miss if you don't read properly!

Why the hell would it take them 3 years????



posted on Jul, 1 2009 @ 02:13 PM
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is dry lighting the same as heat lighting?lol idk

just wondering



posted on Jul, 1 2009 @ 02:35 PM
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Originally posted by TheAmused
is dry lighting the same as heat lighting?lol idk

just wondering


There's no such thing as "heat lightning", ...

Heat lightning - Wikipedia


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.[1] 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.



posted on Jul, 1 2009 @ 05:40 PM
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I've been thinking the same lately, in the MSM ther has recently been a flood of articles about life on Mars, UFO's etc. I get the impression we're being prepared for something. Possible?




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