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Stream Lightning

Nature volume 42, page 126 | Download Citation

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IF a candle-flame is put between the poles of an electrical machine, while it is giving rough angular sparks, the discharge at once changes into a smooth single line of very easy curvature: it suggests the difference between sinuous and stream lightning: it is not merely that the spark is as if shortened by the conducting flame; the whole nature of the discharge is changed. If the flame is held two inches beneath the poles, the spark will godown to it.

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  1. Winchester College, May 30.

    • W. B. CROFT

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https://doi.org/10.1038/042126b0

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