In This Battle Between Lasers and Lightning, Laser Won

Maybe this is the use the Wicked Laser was built for: LIGHTNING JOUSTING! Cold hard technology versus the awesome might of nature. And yet the red beam of man's raw lust for power pierced through lightning's heart unabated. Victory!

Well, ok. What you see is the European Southern Observatory testing its Wendelstein laser guide star unit in southwestern Bavaria. The lighting storm was actually far off when this photo was taken, but that doesn't take away from its power. I demand an answer, though. What would win: lighting or super-powerful laser? [ESO via Universe Today]