have humans been able to create lightning?

don't know and I want to know

sort by: active | newest | oldest
Lighting is just a big electric spark, so yes, of course we can. Van de Graaf generators, or Tesla coils can generate arc voltages into the 10s of millions of volts

1.12 gigawatts!
nerd7473 (author)  kelseymh4 years ago
can humans create that much energy though?
Try Googling "GigaWatt"
(a) That was a joke. I guess you're too young :-/

(b) Look up nuclear power plants. A typical large electrical generating plant produces around a gigawatt.
*ahem* 1.21 gigawatts (the movie was on the other day). :-)
As a native Californian, I think the only proper response is,

What *ev-ar*!
lemonie4 years ago
What is your definition of "lightning"? - it is important.

nerd7473 (author)  lemonie4 years ago
real lightning from storms aka plasma
This is philosophical on the word "create".
People have experimented with rockets dragging wire into the sky: it works if you're lucky.
If you define "create" as to ignite the plasma, rather than generate the energy, then you can have a "yes".
Otherwise, electrical plasmas aren't that hard to do, the scale / power / size is the difference.

kelseymh4 years ago
Yes. Why didn't you type your keywords directly into Google, instead of wasting time here? In fact, why don't you go do that right now, instead of wasting time here?
nerd7473 (author)  kelseymh4 years ago
because i already had instructables open in this tab and I am lazy
mrmerino4 years ago
Nikola Mother******* Tesla Made lightning in his laboratory like it wa'n't no thang. I read somewhere a while ago that he held the record for longest artificial lightning bolt for a very long time.

And of course have you ever been shocked by a tiny spark when you grab a doorknob on a dry day or something? A millimeter long spark runs at about 3,000 volts.
nerd7473 (author)  mrmerino4 years ago
i am talking about matching lightning from storms in terms of amount of energy
iceng4 years ago
Coaxing lightning to leave the clouds and crash to earth..
there are two way four ways to do so...

bwrussell4 years ago