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How I can make a home made lightning detecter?



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I don't really know but the guess would be that lightning is generated to due static electricity. Any thing that detects static electricity would do the trick, if the sensitivity is enough. Try an electroscope, two metal strips-like aluminum foil attach to a metallic ball. I am sure that you have seen this simple device in high school.

H. Myron



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