Encore - Lightning Storm over Lisbon

January 07, 2017

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Photographer: Miguel Claro 
Summary Authors: Miguel Claro; Jim Foster

June 2011 Earth Science Picture of the Day Viewer's ChoiceThis photo composite featuring both cloud-to-ground and cloud-to-cloud lightning was captured during an intense thunderstorm over Lisbon, Portugal on May 15, 2011. The image shows 21 unique lightning discharges (22 separate photos were used) taken between 9:18 and 9:40 p.m. from my home in Feijo, Portugal. Temperatures of very powerful bolts, such as the lightning strike at center, may approach 50,000 degrees F (27,760 C). The illuminated monument, Christ the King, is at right center and at center, behind the tree, is the 25 April Bridge, which connects Almada to Lisbon.

Photo Details: Canon 50D camera and 20mm lens; each photo is a 15-second exposure; at F/10; ISO of 125.