Lightning Creates Antimatter In The Atmosphere - And It’s Powerful Enough To Set Off Nuclear Reactions, Study Finds.

Lightning Creates Antimatter In The Atmosphere – And It’s Powerful Enough To Set Off Nuclear Reactions, Study Finds

Lightning is one of the most incredible natural phenomenons and there’s a lot we don’t know about it. Now, a study at Kyoto University, Japan has found that lightning strikes can set off photonuclear reactions in the atmosphere, and the gamma rays - emitted in lightning - react with the air to produce radioisotopes and even positrons (or, anti-electrons)  - the antimatter partner of electrons.