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2011-09-06 08:46:38
This photograph was taken on 3 June 1902, and is the only time EVER that lightning has actually struck the Eiffel Tower. Since that time, the tower has been more than adequately protected by lightning rods. Of course the lightning rods have been struck and there are many instances when the tower has appeared to have been struck. Many people think that the 2008 photograph by Bertrand Kulik (that has received a lot of attention both on Pixdaus and elsewhere the past few days) show it being struck, but this is not so. The alignment is very close and it only appears to have been lightning struck. The Kulik photograph was taken with a telephoto lens from a long distance, and this serves to compress the perceived distance between the tower and the lightning. Actually the lightning bolt was quite a distance behind the tower. The 1902 lightning strike did quite a bit of damage to the tower. It has been said, although I cannot verify this, that the upper 100 meters of the tower were so badly damaged that they had to be reconstructed. However, it may be that they only had to be cosmetically repaired and repainted.
2011-09-05 18:46:44
connie 1 is trying to be funny, but not succeeding
2011-09-05 11:21:00
Turn someone off
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2011-09-05 11:03:29
This photo is a repost and connie 1 knows that it is. The photo was taken directly from the Pixdaus archives, it was originally posted by bubex.
2011-09-05 11:00:42
dream on
2011-09-05 10:56:24
The photos I've stolen my name
2011-09-05 10:52:47
You are going too fun
2011-09-05 10:49:07
Not again
2011-09-05 10:48:59
This is not the Bertrand Kulik photo entitled "Bolt from the Blue" that I uploaded. Absolutely not. What is your point connie 1?
2011-09-05 10:46:33
Excuse me - my name is like your name
2011-09-05 10:39:36
I saw some lightning out the window of my home in Paris, ” says Atek.”So I set up a tripod and pointed my camera at the Eiffel Tower. I never expected to get such an amazing picture.” But did the Tower really make its own lightning? The surprising answer is “yes.” “The upward branching in this photo shows that the Eiffel Tower actually initiated the discharge,” says lightning researcher Richard Blakeslee of the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center. “In other words, instead of starting in the cloud and coming to ground, this flash started when the tower ‘launched’ a leader that propagated upward toward the cloud (which still served as the source of the electric field needed to get the process going). As the leader ascended, it branched out. Eventually one of the branches reached a region of sufficient charge to ‘short out the cloud’ and produce the return stroke pictured above.” According to Martin Uman’s classic text The Lightning Discharge, upward-initiated discharges are “relatively rare,” accounting for less than 1% of all lightning, “and generally occur from mountain tops and tall man-made structures.” K. Berger, who studied lightning from a mountaintop location 30+ years ago, was one of the first to describe the phenomenon. Why did you use my name?