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Astronaut Tim Peake posted a time lapse video from the International Space Station (ISS) that caught a particularly striking view of lightening as it flew over Earth. According to the caption, all these lightening strikes happened in a matter of minutes:

Flying from North Africa over Turkey towards Russia in this timelapse (this is speeded up; travelling about 5500 km would take around 10-12 minutes, covered here in 30 seconds).


As the ISS orbits the Earth astronauts living in the space station have the chance to take amazing time lapse video like this and others.

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The End of Times is Nigh! Crazy Lightning Storm Lights Up The Arctic, Even in Space

Nearly 50 lightning strikes happened during a record setting heat-wave in the Arctic in July. This was in addition to over 1000 of them hitting over a wider area during a massive storm. This was one of the furthest examples of lightning strikes anywhere in the world in weather forecasters memories, with the closest being in Fairbanks, Alaska. While lightning strikes do occur in the Arctic, they are much rarer in such frequency, because the air is usually to cold and dry for such a major storm to be able to form.

Warming in the arctic caused a super rare lightning storm near the North Pole
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In December 2014 and June 2015, as an astronomer I was lucky enough to to visit La Silla Observatory in Chile. Part of the European Southern Observatory, La Silla is home to dozens of working telescopes, including the 1.2m Swiss Telescope, on which I worked. While there I turned my camera to the skies, taking nearly 10,000 photos. This video is the result.
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