There's a reason "lightning" is so often a modifier for fast; you can barely see it even if you're staring at the right place at the right time. But if you're looking at the right place at the right time with a camera that can capture 11,000 frames per second, you're going to see an incredible show.

This awesome footage was part of National Geographic‚Äôs Naked Science ‚Äď Lightning Chasers back in 2011, but it's as relevant‚ÄĒand crazy to watch‚ÄĒas it's ever been. And as far as we can tell, it's still the most detailed footage of a lightning strike ever.

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Scored with some knowledge-dropping by lightning physicist Vladislav Mazur and meteorologist Tom Warner, this clip is one righteous primer on a beautiful and dangerous natural phenomenon. [Petapixel]