Nova: Lightning

WGBH Boston Video   (2004) / Region 1
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Nature's Most Dazzling and Dangerous Display

Lightning! takes you on a high-voltage trip into the most electrically charge weather in the world - culminating in a dazzling lightning show set to music that rivals the most extraordinary fireworks display. The program also visits with some of lightning's tragic victims who thought they were out of harm's way.

Lightning's fleeting rivers of electricity strike Earth 6,000 times a minute; jolt every commercial airplane one or two times a year; wipe out power to entire cities; hit 1,000 people annually; and account on average for more deaths than hurricanes and tornadoes put together.

Join the scientists as they tempt nature by creating the world's tallest lightning rod, a wire leading thousands of feet into storm clouds, which triggers awe-inspiring thunderbolts a few hundred feet from the observers - and creates a chunk of "petrified" lightning. "I think lightning fascinates everyone," says "stormchaser" Dan Davis. "It's a personification of the intensity, the chaos and the unpredictability of nature."

Details

  • Length
  • Rating NR
  • Released:
  • Added Apr 16 2004
  • Production Year 2004
  • Empire SKU 604267
  • UPC Code 783421267190
  • Studio  WGBH Boston Video
  • Packaging Keep
  • Number of Discs 1
  • Disc SS-SL

Features

Printable Materials for Educators
Access to the NOVA Web Site
Scene Selection

Audio/Video

  • Audio
    English Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Video
    Standard 1.33:1 Color

Cast

Production

  • Linda Garmon

Director


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