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Astronaut’s Photo Shows a Huge Blue Flash in Earth’s Atmosphere


October 11, 2021


Last week, an astronaut aboard the International Space Station captured a lightning strike over Europe. But unlike most lightning, this electrical outburstwas not a bunch of spiky tendrils but rather a big blue bubble over the continent.

The “transient luminous event,” as such upper atmospheric lightning is known, was spotted in a timelapse taken by French astronaut Thomas Pesquet. Thissort of lightning looks different from the flashes that occur in and below storm clouds and tends to be much larger.