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femmestem OP t1_jef4th6 wrote

This makes a lot of sense, thank you! I'm not specialized in physics, just a curious layman who learned about fields and then had a "hey, wait a minute..." moment. You made this explanation very accessible to me.


PerturbedHamster t1_jefn2sx wrote

Glad you found it useful! You might enjoy looking at pictures of corona emission from power lines, which really let you see how strong the fields next to power lines are. The fields get so strong that they just rip electrons off of atoms, and you can see the glow as they combine back together. Wikipedia has some nice pictures here.