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Lightning Reflects off International Space Station Solar Panels!

5 Sep 2015, 11:23 am


Kjell Lindgren, an astronaut on the International Space Station (ISS) captured this stunning shot of a storm on Earth last month. The lightning strike was so bright it reflected off the station’s solar panels. This amazing image not only captures the bright lightning, it also captures the curvature of the Earth, its thin layer of the atmosphere and the awe-inspiring Milky Way galaxy and its billion stars on display, which is glowing red and blue in the night sky. Here is the time-lapse video where the photo came from, showing the lightning strike. You can also see the solar arrays rotate towards the end of the clip as they turn to track the sun.

The ISS orbits at approximately 249 miles above the Earth’s surface at a speed of around 17,150 mph and orbits the Earth once every 90 minutes. It is a micro-gravity laboratory in which an international crew of six people live and work around 35 each week conducting research many disciplines to advance scientific knowledge in Earth, space, physical and biological sciences. Currently there are nine astronauts aboard the ISS, it is the first time since 2013 that nine crew members have been on board at one time.

Brandon Thorne ─ WeatherNationTV

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