Confirmation of lightning on Mars

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paulscottanderson

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As well as the previously posted info on the confirmed ancient lake, another interesting report from yesterday:

http://www.physorg.com/news164468762.html

The "huge and sudden" bursts of dry lightning are in large dust storms:

"What we saw on Mars was a series of huge and sudden electrical discharges caused by a large dust storm," Ruf said. "Clearly, there was no rain associated with the electrical discharges on Mars. However, the implied possibilities are exciting."

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michaelmozina

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It's hard to imagine how the atmosphere of Mars (or any body in the solar system with an atmosphere) could not experience electrical discharges with million mile per hour charged particles slamming into it every day. I guess the natural question is whether or not the discharges and/or currents create the dust devils, or whether it's the other way around.
 
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