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Muons reveal the whopping voltages inside a thunderstorm

Muons reveal the whopping voltages inside a thunderstorm Physicists used subatomic particles to probe the inner workings of a cloud An invisible drizzle of subatomic particles has shown that thunderstorms may store up much higher electric voltages than we thought. Using muons, heavier relatives of electrons that constantly rain down on Earth’s surface, scientists probed the insides of a storm in southern India in December 2014. The cloud’s electric potential – the amount of work necessary to move an electron…