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have humans been able to create lightning? Answered

don't know and I want to know

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steveastrouk
steveastrouk

Best Answer 8 years ago

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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kelseymh
kelseymh

Answer 8 years ago

1.12 gigawatts!

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nerd7473
nerd7473

Answer 8 years ago

can humans create that much energy though?

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steveastrouk
steveastrouk

Answer 8 years ago

Try Googling "GigaWatt"

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kelseymh
kelseymh

Answer 8 years ago

(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
canucksgirl

Answer 8 years ago

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

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kelseymh
kelseymh

Answer 8 years ago

As a native Californian, I think the only proper response is,
...

What *ev-ar*!

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lemonie
lemonie

8 years ago

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

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nerd7473
nerd7473

Answer 8 years ago

real lightning from storms aka plasma

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lemonie
lemonie

Answer 8 years ago

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
kelseymh

8 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?

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nerd7473
nerd7473

Answer 8 years ago

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

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kelseymh
kelseymh

Answer 8 years ago

Clearly.

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mrmerino
mrmerino

8 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.

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nerd7473
nerd7473

Answer 8 years ago

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

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iceng
iceng

8 years ago

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

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