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have humans been able to create lightning? Answered

don't know and I want to know

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steveastroukBest Answer (author)2012-11-28

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

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nerd7473 (author)kelseymh2012-12-06

can humans create that much energy though?

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steveastrouk (author)nerd74732012-12-07
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kelseymh (author)nerd74732012-12-06

(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.

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canucksgirl (author)kelseymh2012-11-28

*ahem* 1.21 gigawatts (the movie was on the other day). :-)

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kelseymh (author)canucksgirl2012-11-28

As a native Californian, I think the only proper response is,
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What *ev-ar*!

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lemonie (author)2012-11-29

What is your definition of "lightning"? - it is important.

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nerd7473 (author)lemonie2012-12-06

real lightning from storms aka plasma

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lemonie (author)nerd74732012-12-07

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.

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kelseymh (author)2012-11-28

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?

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nerd7473 (author)kelseymh2012-12-06

because i already had instructables open in this tab and I am lazy

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mrmerino (author)2012-11-29

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.

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nerd7473 (author)mrmerino2012-12-06

i am talking about matching lightning from storms in terms of amount of energy

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iceng (author)2012-11-28

Coaxing lightning to leave the clouds and crash to earth..
there are two way four ways to do so...

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