Space lightning

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does a phenomena such as lightning happen in the vacuum of space? it's often talks about in sci fi, but i wonder if it actually occurs (theoretically or actually) i tried a google search which turned up nothing.
 

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No, you do not have opposittely charged clouds which are close enough in space.
 
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LURCH
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Theoretically though, could anelectrical arch occurr in a vacuum?
 
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Chronos
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Possible, but, unlikely. The density of interstellar gas and dust is generally insufficient to allow sufficient charges to develope.
 

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