Lightning Strike, Sydney Harbour, 1892 – Photo of the day

Published by Geoff Barker on July 3, 2011 in Photo of the day.

Powerhouse Museum – Sydney

    Lightning Strike, Sydney Harbour, 1892

In the 1890s the Government Astronomer H. C. Russell began taking detailed photographs of meteorological events which occurred around Sydney Observatory. And while the resulting images are significant documents of the early scientific uses of photography in Australia this image is probably the best known from the series he took.

This photograph of lightning strikes on the Sydney Harbour was taken on 7 December, 1892. The photograph was exposed over four minutes giving an impression of five separate strikes which also illuminated the harbour. Russell calculated the height of the Darling Harbour flash from the cloud to the water to be approximately 1540 feet.

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