• Lightning storms shoot antimatter beams into SPACE!
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This is awesome, especially how the antimatter beam hit the spacecraft, annihilating with matter particles within it and making the craft become a gamma ray source, setting off it's own gamma detectors. [media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lXKt7UVjd-I&hd=1[/media] [quote="Nasa Press Release"]Scientists using NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope have detected beams of antimatter produced above thunderstorms on Earth, a phenomenon never seen before. Scientists think the antimatter particles were formed in a terrestrial gamma-ray flash (TGF), a brief burst produced inside thunderstorms and shown to be associated with lightning. It is estimated that about 500 TGFs occur daily worldwide, but most go undetected. "These signals are the first direct evidence that thunderstorms make antimatter particle beams," said Michael Briggs, a member of Fermi's Gamma-ray Burst Monitor (GBM) team at the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH). He presented the findings Monday, during a news briefing at the American Astronomical Society meeting in Seattle.[/quote] Full press release here: [url]http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/GLAST/news/fermi-thunderstorms.html[/url]
That's just awesome.
:science:
Title makes it sound more awesome than it really it... :colbert: But it's still awesome.
cool
That is just incredible
Holy shit that is amazing! I never would've thought thunderstorms can create antimatter.
So are positrons like positive electrons?
Let's harvest the clouds boys :downs:
So how do we make laser rifles?
So we could basicly use magnetic fields to control where antimatter is going, and eventually store it that way?
[QUOTE=The DooD;27347764]So are positrons like positive electrons?[/QUOTE] Yes, positive charge and opposite spin to the electron. [QUOTE=Madman_Andre;27347729]Title makes it sound more awesome than it really it... :colbert: But it's still awesome.[/QUOTE] The title is exactly what happens. Antimatter is created, this is shaped into a beam by the Earth's magnetic field and it fires out into space at nearly the speed of light. If you expected some kind of deathstar beam that could destroy the moon then that's just silly :colbert:
Yeah, could this be a good way to manufacture antimatter? Level up! 1 skill point in energy for humanity!
Fuck yeah I knew Sprites were awesome!!
Here's hoping harvesting storm antimatter becomes a new industry.
Lightning is actually plasma from what i heard
[QUOTE=BCell;27348306]Lightning is actually plasma from what i heard[/QUOTE] Yeah it is. [media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_X_7YRVGvtA[/media] Look at that delicious super slow mo forking and high energy gas ionisation.
[QUOTE=maurits150;27347818]So we could basicly use magnetic fields to control where antimatter is going, and eventually store it that way?[/QUOTE] That is how we store antimatter nowadays. The only other way we know of is cooling it down to nearly absolute zero, and that only works with hydrogen.
Holy fuck... if someone can figure out a way to capture this anti-matter, we would have a huge collection of it to use as a MASSIVE source of energy.
somebody is going to want to weaponize this
Thunderstorms mean so much more to me now.
[QUOTE=Savaril;27348994]somebody is going to want to weaponize this[/QUOTE] someone is going to try and weaponize everything. i mean, just look at this innocent tissue box! [img]http://dontevenreply.com/images/m3.JPG[/img]
That's amazing gotta love science :science:
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[QUOTE=Master117;27348836]Holy fuck... if someone can figure out a way to capture this anti-matter, we would have a huge collection of it to use as a MASSIVE source of energy.[/QUOTE] Considering they're essentially random events, you'd need a spacecraft in the right place at the right time before it actually happened. Not going to happen :(
[QUOTE=Randdalf;27349940]Considering they're essentially random events, you'd need a spacecraft in the right place at the right time before it actually happened. Not going to happen :([/QUOTE] Use magnets in orbit to influence the path of the antimatter and capture it, there's a place in the south pacific that has near constant lightning storms, I'd says that's a good place to set up a trial run at least.
Man I love science.
One problem with the antimatter collection idea--both matter and antimatter were created. Try to collect those positrons and they'll annihilate.
[QUOTE=ASmellyOgre;27350828]One problem with the antimatter collection idea--both matter and antimatter were created. Try to collect those positrons and they'll annihilate.[/QUOTE] What? no they wont, capture them in a magnetic field and they're fine, they only annihilate on contact with their nemesis particles.
[QUOTE=bravehat;27351217]What? no they wont, capture them in a magnetic field and they're fine, they only annihilate on contact with their nemesis particles.[/QUOTE] Yes, both positrons and electrons are created in the thunderstorm. Didn't you watch the video?
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