Name: Simon M.
How can lightning be simulated? I mean can you create a
lightning bolt with materials that will not cost a fortune?
Every time you see a spark of static electricity, you are seeing a miniature
lightning bolt. However, if you seek to make a bolt the size of a real
lightning bolt, you are talking about very costly equipment. Ask your science
teacher if he/she has access to a Van De Graff generator, or a Tesla coil, or
a Wimshurst generator. These are pieces of science lab demonstration hardware
that can make simulated lightning bolts. Even so, none of this equipment is
very affordable for the average person.
Unless you want to experiment and build your own Tesla coil (You probably
could find instructions on the Internet.), I think that Edmund's Scientific
Inc. has some lightning simulators that are not very expensive.
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