Astronaut captures mesmerising video of lightning from space

Astronaut, lightning from space

The 9-second clip shows a thick layer of clouds illuminated by violet flashes of lightning which appear in small patches.



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Published: Thu 23 Jul 2020, 2:13 PM

Last updated: Thu 23 Jul 2020, 4:55 PM

Nasa astronaut, Bob Behnken, who is currently stationed at the International Space Station (ISS), left netizens in awe with footage of a series of lightning bolts occurring over Earth. 
Behnken filmed the flashes of lightning from 400km above the Earth and gives a perspective of how it appears from outer space. The 9-second clip shows a thick layer of clouds illuminated by violet flashes of lightning which appear in small patches, reported NDTV
Behnken shared the clip on Twitter on July 22 and wrote: "Lightning from above. The violet fringes are mesmerizing." The clip has garnered over 1,31,000 views and awestruck comments from netizens. 
Behnken travelled to the ISS in SpaceX's first crewed flight in May, along with another astronaut Doug Hurley. Earlier this month, Behnken shared beautiful visuals of Comet Neowise as it appeared as a glowing dot near the curvature of Earth.
According to a tweet by US space agency's administrator, Jim Bridenstine, the two astronauts will leave for Earth on August 1.
Bridenstine tweeted: "Splashdown is targeted for Aug. 2. Weather will drive the actual date. Stay tuned." 


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