I watched the movie The Martian, and there is a brief scene where there is lightning on Mars. Something about this seems unlikely to me, but I can't remember if it's actually possible or not. Is there actually lightning on Mars?


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Lightning has been observed in Mars. However, this is 'dry' lightning, unrelated to precipitation.

This was described in the paper Emission of non-thermal microwave radiation by a Martian dust storm by Christopher Ruf and others.


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