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Radio telescope LOFAR shows how lightning grows

05 March 2018

The Dutch radio telescope LOFAR, which fans out over a large part of Europe from the Northern Netherlands, is able to observe the creation of lightning flashes. An international scientific team, with a leading role for University of Groningen physicists Brian Hare and Olaf Scholten, shows that LOFAR can detect the developing flashes at an unprecedented one-metre resolution. These high resolution observations may lead to better lightning protection. The results were published on 16 February in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres.

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