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Thunderstorms Producing Anti-Matter

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posted on Jan, 12 2011 @ 10:30 PM

NASA Telescope Discovers Antimatter-Projecting Thunderstorm

Antimatter storms may actually be taking place on Earth, scientists said after NASA's Fermi telescope detected a thunderstorm shooting beams of antimatter into space.

Researchers noted that the phenomenon of a storm producing antimatter has never been spotted before.

Thunderstorms have been known to produce sparks of light called terrestrial gamma-ray flashes (TGF), usually associated with lightning. Gamma rays are high-energy electromagnetic radiation or light.

"These signals are the first direct evidence that thunderstorms make antimatter particle beams," stated Michael Briggs, a member of Fermi's Gamma-ray Burst Monitor team at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, in a press release. Briggs presented his findings on Monday at the American Astronomical Society meeting in Seattle.

Is this something new or has it always occurred but just never been "spotted before"? What could this mean for the future weather patterns for earth?

There is a two minute video at the link depicting how these anti-matter bursts behave.

posted on Jan, 12 2011 @ 11:14 PM
This isn't really that big of a deal: antimatter like an electron and positron will annilihate eachother and create light or two photons, and vice versa.

So light "creates" antimatter, no news here...

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