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Gigantic Jets

A new type of lightning sends bolts from the tops of thunderheads into the ionosphere.

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They appear and disappear almost instantly, but gigantic jet bursts can reach 50 miles into the atmosphere. They were recently captured on film for the first time in the U.S. Also, gigantic jets is a good band name.

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