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1931 - flash was 100 times brighter than an equal area of the sun's surface

45,000 DEGREES FAHRENHEIT

E&MP 72.052

Artificial Lightning

June 1931

An explosion at 45,000 degrees Fahrenheit.

A large electric current was passed through a fine tungsten wire by Dr. John A. Anderson at the physical laboratory of the Mount Wilson Observatory of the Carnegie Institution.

The flash was 100 times brighter than an equal area of the sun's surface.

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National Museum of American History

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