Scientists at Florida Institute of Technology captured the awesome power of lightning bolts in this super-slow-motion video.
The video reveals parts of a lightning strike that can’t be seen with the naked eye, as the electrical charges that build up to the main strike lasts only for fractions of a second.
The charged particles quickly snake down to the ground in a stunning pattern, which is then followed by a huge burst of energy from a bolt of lighting.
Lightning is caused when positive charges or protons form at the top of a cloud and the negative charges or electrons form at the bottom of the cloud.
Positive charges build up on the ground beneath the cloud and since opposites attract the charge finds the quickest route to the ground causing a bolt of lightning.