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Frighteningly Beautiful Shots of Volcanic Lightning by Martin Rietze
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Frighteningly Beautiful Shots of Volcanic Lightning by Martin Rietze

Germany-based photographer Martin Rietze gets himself into life-threatening situations to make some amazing shots of volcano eruptions with lighting. Surrounded by poisonous gas and bubbling lava, he photographed on of the active volcanoes in Japan called Sakurajima, and NASA chose his cool photo as the Astronomy Picture of the Day for March 11, 2013. The winning nature photo was taken in January.

Even though lightning strikes occur every 40 seconds somewhere around the world, even NASA is not entirely sure what causes lightning when the volcano erupts:

“One hypothesis holds that catapulting magma bubbles or volcanic ash are themselves electrically charged, and by their motion create these separated areas. Other volcanic lightning bolt episodes may be facilitated by charge-inducing collisions in volcanic dust.”

Even if you’re not much into physics, you’ll enjoy these interesting photos of volcano lightning!

Website: mrietze.com (via)

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