Cosmic bangs found in thunderstorms

A group of scientists have discovered that gamma-ray bursts are common in thunderstorms here on Earth.

Gamma-ray bursts or cosmic bangs, are one of the most powerful explosions of energy in the universe.

The high energy explosions normally happen when a star explodes in space.

It was only recently that scientists discovered that these cosmic bangs happen here on Earth.

Why is thunder and lightning so powerful?

We asked Cardiff University's Jessica Leigh Jones who's worked out thunderstorms contain the strongest explosions of energy in the Universe.

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