Things You Did Not Know About Electricity
The world we live in runs on electricity. Without this crucial energy, life would come to a complete standstill. However, this form of energy has been around since millennia, and nature has been harnessing this energy far longer than humans. From lightning strikes to bioelectrogenesis, explore unusual facts about electricity.
Lightning is a very common phenomenon, seen in almost every part of the world. Catatumbo river, in Venezuela, has the highest number of lightning strikes per square kilometer in the world. However, Earth is not the only planet with lightning strikes.
According to data captured by the New Horizons space probe, Jupiter experiences lightning that is ten times more powerful than the ones present on earth. Lightning back on Earth carries an electric current of 30,000 amperes, while the ones on Jupiter are estimated to be over 4,00,000 amperes!
Even more intriguing is the discovery of the highest electrical current in the universe, nearly 2 billion light-years away from Earth. At 10^18 amperes, this current is more powerful than a billion lightning strikes on earth. However, the cause of this massive energy discharge is purely speculative – one study hypothesized that a massive black hole might have swallowed a star, another study speculates that it could be two black holes colliding.
Shock and Awe
Bioelectrogenesis is the ability of an aquatic organism to generate electricity. This ability is seen in some species of catfish, electric eel, electric stingray, etc. Animals that posses bioelectrogenesis also posses electroreception – which is an ability to detect electrical signals in their vicinity. This is a crucial ability as it helps the organisms to find prey when visibility is very poor, or the organism lacks good eyesight.
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