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Electric Earth: Stunning Images of Lightning

Perfect Aim

(Image credit: Oklahoma Lightning)

Lightning strikes a tower and outcomes a beautiful display of electric charge in the night sky.

Streaking Strokes

(Image credit: NOAA Photo Library, NOAA Central Library; OAR/ERL/National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL))

Fantastic display of lightning as it streaks through the evening skies.

View From Above

(Image credit: Oklahoma Lightning)

This photo captures cloud-to-ground lightning in stunning and dramatic form.

Through the Storm

(Image credit: NOAA Photo Library, NOAA Central Library; OAR/ERL/National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL))

This photo captures a lightning storm taking place over Boston in 1967.

Touchdown on Earth

(Image credit: NOAA Photo Library, NOAA Central Library; OAR/ERL/National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL))

Time-lapse photography captures cloud-to-ground lightning during a nighttime thunderstorm in Norman, Oklahoma - home of the NSSL.

Fill the Sky

(Image credit: NOAA Photo Library, NOAA Central Library; OAR/ERL/National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL))

Multiple cloud-to-cloud and cloud-to-ground lightning strokes caught using time-lapse photography during a nighttime thunderstorm.

Dancing Machine

(Image credit: NOAA Photo Library, NOAA Central Library; OAR/ERL/National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL))

Time-lapse photography captures multiple cloud-to-ground lightning strokes during a nighttime thunderstorm.

Purple Skies

(Image credit: Oklahoma Lightning)

Lightning strikes over the purple city skies of Oklahoma.

Twin Strokes

(Image credit: Oklahoma Lightning)

What a treat! Cloud-to-ground lightning twin strokes are captured in this photograph.

Electrical Storm

(Image credit: NASA)

A powerful electrical storm created an eerie tapestry of light in the skies, at the Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, near Complex 39A in the hours preceding the launch of STS-8.