Scientists have discovered evidence of something called “dark lightning”. Dark lightning has some similarities with regular lightning, but there are some significant differences as well. Scientists first began seeing hints of dark lightning in the 1990s. It is formed inside thunderclouds, and appears to be made up of X-rays and gamma rays. Dark lightning is much more rare than normal lightning, but humans may have been struck before and not even known it. If someone is struck by dark lightning, they will not hear or even feel it. However, they will have absorbed an entire lifetime’s worth of safe radiation. The radiation in dark lightning carries one million times as much energy in it as the radiation from normal lightning. However, the radiation disperses in all different directions rather than in a lightning bolt formation. It is also thought that dark lightning competes with normal lightning as a way for thunderstorms to release built up electrical energy.
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