The image above shows the strike.
Tuesday 25 March 2014
Nasa has released a stunning photo of a lightning strike as seen by an astronaut aboard the International Space Station (ISS) as part of the launch of Firestation, a new instrument on the station dedicated to tracking lightning.
The image shows a cloudy outlook over the Arabian peninsula with a pale purple glow indicating where the lightning has struck. The mass of orange at the bottom edge of the photo is Kuwait City, while the smaller cluster of lights towards the top of the picture is the city of Hafar Al Batin in Saudi Arabia.
The photo was taken last December but has only just been released as a part of the new Nasa initiative. Images like this one might be rare but lightning bolts themselves are extremely common, crackling across Earth’s atmosphere at a rate of roughly…
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